Is this Michigan Park house the average U.S. home?
What does a typical American home look like? How many households have a fireplace or central A/C?
Last week, the U.S. Census released information from an extensive study of households across the country (conducted in 2011). As first reported by the Atlantic Cities, the information offers a snapshot of the size and amenities of a home in the U.S. and how the average American lives in it.
With information taken from the results of the survey of occupied homes, here are a few of the more interesting facts that we found:
- The median age of an American home is 38 years, built in 1974.
- A plurality of people live in a two-story home with five total rooms, three bedrooms, and two or more bathrooms.
- The median square footage is 1,800, with a lot size of .26 of an acre.
- 35 percent of surveyed homes had a fireplace.
- The overwhelming majority, about 80 percent, of the respondents had at least one car.
- About 45 percent of the homes have a separate dining room.
Now, if you are reading this in DC, your jaw is probably now agape after reading those numbers, given the size of homes in our fair city. And so will this: Using data about home size and cost, Atlantic Cities created the typical U.S. home — a three-bedroom, two-bath, 1,800-square foot abode with a median monthly cost (whether renting or owning) of $927/month.
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