House Size Trends in the USA

House sizes have grown significantly since the 1970s:

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Click the image above or the link below to see a movie of the trends:

http://money.cnn.com/interactive/pf/40-years-american-home/

While at the same time family sizes are shrinking:

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So you may wonder, if families are getting smaller, why are houses getting bigger? My guess is that we want more space to store our “stuff”. But why do we want more stuff? Does it make us happier?

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