There was a time during the Great Recession when it looked like Americans were rethinking their mega-homes, reining in their budgets and ambitions and love of the three-car garage. That moment has passed. Newly released Census data on the characteristics of new single-family housing construction confirm that the median size of a new pad in the United States is bigger than ever.
In 2013, the median size of a new single-family home in the United States was 2,384 square feet (the average not surprisingly, was tugged even higher by the mega-mega-home: 2,598 square feet).
With the exception of a few economic downturns since then, we’ve been building bigger and bigger houses ever since.
Historically, this trend runs counter to another demographic pattern: Our homes have been getting larger as our households can’t be explained by the need to fit more people into them.
What, then, do we want all of this room for? What’s particularly striking in the in the Census Bureau’s historic data on new housing characteristics is the growth of what would be luxuries for many households: fourth bedrooms, third bathrooms, three-car garages. Notably, demand for all three dipped during the recession in parallel to the temporary drop in new housing size.
Original article by: Emily Badger, The Washington Post