Median size of single family house in the U.S. 2000-2019

The average single family house in the United States has overall increased in size since 2000. It reached its peak of 2,467 square feet in 2015 before falling to 2,301 square feet by 2019.

‘Single family house’

A single family home is defined as a dwelling designed to house a single family only. This means there are no common walls with other dwellings, the house has been built on its own parcel of land, and that it has its own private entry and exit to a street or thoroughfare. This definition excludes apartments, which are significantly smaller, and have actually been reducing in size over the same time period.

‘Housing in the U.S.’

In 2019, there were a total of 81 million owner occupied and 43 million renter occupied housing units in the United States. Single family homes are by far the most common type of residential property purchased in the United States.

Median size of single family housing unit in the United States from 2000 to 2019

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Release date

November 2020


United States

Survey time period

2000 to 2019

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