The American Dream just keeps growing. Since 1970 the size of the average new home has ballooned by 50 percent. "Great Rooms," Viking ranges, 10-acre lots - can moats and turrets be far behind?
Illustration by Nathan Fox
Since 1950, the average new house has increased by 1,247 sq. ft. Meanwhile, the average household has shrunk by 1 person.
The National Association of Home Builders' "Showcase Home" for 2005 is 5,950 sq. ft. That's 15% bigger than last years model!
1 in 4 Americans want at least a 3-car garage.
88% of American commuters drive to work.
76% of those commuters drive alone.
The number of Americans with commutes of longer then 90 minutes each way has increased 95% since 1990.
In 1950, 1 in 100 homeshad 2.5 baths or more. Today, 1 in 2 do.
Since 1982, 35 million acres - an area equivalent to that of New York State - have been developed.
More then 50% of exurban lots are 10 acres or larger. Exurban homes account for 80% of residential development since 1994.
14 million households own 4 or more TVs.
Americans spend more to power home audio and video equipment that is "off" but still plugged in than they do to power such devices when actually in use.
Such "energy vampires" consume 5% of the nations electricity.
"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" recently gave a 6-bedroom, 7-bath, 7-television house to a family of 4.
Americans with cable TV have 30 hours of home-improvement programming available to them each day.
Sales of Sub-Zero and other "premium" and "superpremium" refridgerators have been rising 15% a year.
Suburban and Urban kids use illegal drugs, have sex, fight, and steal at the same rates, but suburban kids are more likely to drink and smoke.
The average cost of a luxury kitchen remodel is $57,000. That's $10,000 more then it costs to build a typical Habitat for Humanity Home.
1 in 5 new homes is larger then 3,000 sq. ft. - the size at which it becomes unmanageable to clean without hired help.
0.03% of U.S. homes are fueled by solar energy. 0.4% lack complete plumbing facilities.
People who live in cities use half as much energy as suburbanites.
The average new home requires 13,837 board feet of lumber and 19 tons of cement.
If it were a state, New York City would rank 51st in energy use per capita.
Since 1976, federal housing assistance has been slashed bt 48%.
Last spring, the Bush administration proposed an additional $1 billion cut to the Section 8 housing subsidy.
Suburban white men weigh 10 pounds more then men in cities.
87% of homeowners are white.
Overall, blacks recieve subprime loans 2.83 times more often then whates. The disparity increases when affluent blacks are compared to affluent whites.
If Americans bought only appliances with an "Energy Star" rating over the next 15 years, the reduction in greenhouse gases would equate to taking 17 million cars off the road.
1/3 of a home's heating oil is used for hot water. Multiple head shower ...2
Only 2.7% of San Fransisco's teachers, 5.7% of it's cops, and 4.2% of it's nurses can afford to buy a home.
1 in 4 Californians are considering moving out of state to reduce housing costs.
Since 2001, th enumber of Americans who have bought second homes has increased by 24%.
Rush Limbaugh's Palm Beach estate is worth 15 times the value of Bill and Hilary Clinton's Chappaqua, N.Y., home.
7% of all homes are in gated communities.
7% of all homes are mobile homes.