North Americans get to enjoy being at, or near, the top of all the wrong lists. Whether it's energy consumption per capita, amount of waste produced, or average house size, you will find us up there. It is nice of Australians, then, to oust us North Americans out of the top spot in average house size.
After decades of increases, in 2008 the average house size in the US began to drop. Have people had enough of the monster homes, McMansions, starter castles, or hummer houses, as they are affectionately known?
In the US, many municipalities are moving to restrict the mushrooming size of new homes, trying to prevent the blight and insanity of 15,000 to 55,000 square foot monstrosities.
Builders may also be cluing in. In 2009, 9 out of 10 builders surveyed reported that they were building, or planning to build, smaller, lower cost homes than they had been.
These trends were not seen in Australia where the average new home is a record-breaking 243 sq m (2622 sq ft).
Average House Size By Country
- Australia - 214.6 sq m (2310 sq ft), 2.56 people per household (pph)
- USA - 201.5 (2170), 2.6 pph
- New Zealand - 196.2 (2112), 2.6 pph
- Canada - 181 (1950), 2.5 pph
- Japan - 132 (1420), this year the pph in Tokyo dropped below 2 for the first time (1.99)
- UK - 76 (818), 2.1 pph
Larger households are more efficient because many people are sharing space and resources, maximizing on both. This is why students, and other people looking to maximize resources, often choose to share living space. It saves money, and resources.
But the trend has been toward larger houses and smaller households. Why do we need all this room? What is it for, and how do some people manage to live with less?
The UK is notable for having the smallest houses on our list, and in all of Europe. Six UK homes could be built on one Australian lot.
Linda and I currently live in 586 sq ft., how about you? Does your living space contribute to decreasing your country's overall average house size?
|My dream home is tiny|