Oklahoma State Home Builders Association

An Affiliate of the National Home Builders Association

Lots in 2015 are Smallest on Record

 
Posted on July 15, 2016 by By Carol Hartzog Communications

By Natalia Siniavskaia
Copyright © 2016 National Association of Home Builders

The median lot size of a new single-family detached home sold in 2015 dropped under 8,600 square feet for the first time since Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC) started tracking the series.

An acre is 43,560 square feet, so the current median lot size is just under one-fifth of an acre. In 2014, Paul Emrath used a football field analogy to help visualize the median lot size that proved to be very popular. So using a football field as a measuring stick, 5.6 median lots would fit between the goal lines of a football field in 2015.

While nation’s lots are getting smaller on average, the regional differences in lot sizes persist. Looking at single-family (attached and detached) speculatively built (or spec) homes started in 2015, the median lot size in New England exceeds half an acre.

Lots sizes in the West South Central, were .16 of  ... Read the entire article at the NAHB website

Lot size graphic

 

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