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Everything is bigger in America – debt, college football, & home sizes

In an era where size is slowly fading as a symbol of luxury, American builders have a long way to go until our size or efficiency matches those of other countries abroad.

This spring, we reported that the average American home shrank to 2,438 square feet, nearly 100 square feet smaller than its peak in 2007.

Although we typically pride ourselves in being the best of the best, if the measure is who has the largest average living space, we win, but if the measure is efficient living spaces, we have some work to do before we’re competitive. The good news is that sizes are shrinking, even in the Northeast whose square footage spiked more rapidly in recent years than other American regions:

Here’s how we stack up against other nations:


Other nations’ average size is dwarfed by America which is good news because more supplies are bought from suppliers which helps their businesses, employment, and local economy, but it’s bad news because of the negative environmental impact.

Do you think American house size is a good thing or a bad thing? What impact can you see on shrinking home sizes compared to other nations?

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Tara Steele is the News Director at The American Genius, covering entrepreneur, real estate, technology news and everything in between. If you'd like to reach Tara with a question, comment, press release or hot news tip, simply click the link below.

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