Just About Everything’s Getting Bigger—Including Homes


It seems like just about everything has gotten bigger over the past few decades—from TVs to burgers, waist sizes to megastores. So it shouldn’t come as a big shock that homes are getting larger, too.

From extra bedrooms and bathrooms to more overall square footage, homes have been growing over the years, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 Characteristics of New Housing report.

For example, in 1978, when a gallon of gas would set you back around 65 cents, more than half of the new single-family homes sold had three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Fast-forward to 2016, and half of the new abodes buyers closed on had four or more bedrooms. The largest share of homes sold, 40%, had three or more bathrooms while 31% had 2.5 baths.

Yeah, we know that tiny homes are a trend. But they’re a niche. Most of America is getting supersized.

Jonesing for more? Let’s take a look at the homes of yesteryear and how they’ve changed over the decades.


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