Single-family home size continues to grow

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The National Association of Home Builders reports that home sizes are continuing to grow,  an expected impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to fourth quarter 2021 data from the Census Quarterly Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design and NAHB analysis, median single-family square floor area increased to 2,338 square feet. Average (mean) square footage for new single-family homes increased to 2,561.

Since Great Recession lows (and on a one-year moving average basis), the average size of new single-family homes is now 6.3% higher at 2,537 square feet, while the median size is 10% higher at 2,312 square feet.

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A similar report from December 2021 detailed how homeowners were looking for increased space to accommodate added functions such as working from and/or studying at home during the pandemic.

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