A recent Lending Tree study analyzed the sizes of houses throughout the country. New houses are being added to the housing stock every year but their numbers are small compared to the total number of houses. However, new houses tend to be larger so over time one should expect median house sizes to gradually become larger. The median house age in the United States is 37 years. That is, half the houses are older than 37 years and half are younger.
The largest NEW housing was constructed in the third quarter of 2015 and tallied 2488 square feet. In 2018 the median size of NEW homes was 2412 square feet.
Key Housing Size Facts
- Texas has big houses – 3 of the top five cities are in Texas with Houston leading all cities. These cities are experiencing steady population growth and that creates demand for new and BIGGER houses. Texas accounted for the nation’s largest annual population growth between 2010 and 2018. In addition Texas has plenty of available land to build upon.
- The South is big – other southern cities occupied the top ten positions in the list. Atlanta was ranked #2.
- Money builds big houses – Washington, DC has THE three wealthiest counties in the country. Big money builds big houses.
- Old houses are small – older houses are usually smaller. Cities with older housing stock have smaller houses.
- Midwest – in general the Midwest had smaller houses. Kansas City, MO and St Louis were cities ranked near the bottom of the list.
Summary of Cities with Big Houses
Houston – median house size of 1952 sqft
Atlanta – median house size of 1914 sqft
Washington, DC – median house size of 1908 sqft
Summary of Cities with Small Houses
Detroit – median house size of 1333 sqft
Minneapolis – median house size of 1360 sqft
Milwaukee – median house size of 1388 sqft