How Large We Live: Average Home Sizes Across the U.S.

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average home sizeA common misconception is that big homes go hand in hand with big list prices. But a closer look at some of the best-known cities in the country reveals that size is far from the only factor impacting your wallet.

Sure, the quintessential enclaves of privilege, like Beverly Hills and Malibu, are typically larger in terms of square footage. But there are other popular hotspots which offer ample living space without the giant price tags. Take Atlanta, for example: the average home is an impressive 2,074 square feet, but the median home price comes in around $150,000, according to Zillow estimates. And then of course you have the gritty Gothams of America -- pricey, dense cities where big price tags come in small packages. Think shoebox chic in New York City.

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How Large We Live: Average Home Sizes Across the U.S.

Location: Beverly Hills, Calif. 
Average Home Size: 3,884 Sq Ft
Median Home Price: $1.99 million

This home: $2.895 million
Beds/Baths: 4/4
Sq Ft: 3,899

Beverly Hills, Calif. clocks in at number one for average square feet. Not particularly surprising considering its status as the country's iconic luxury haven. This $2.895 million mid-century modern is listed $1 million above the area's average home price, but it delivers the typical amount of space you see in Tinseltown.

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Sporting a $2.895 million price tag, the home, unsurprisingly, offers an exquisite interior. The house is located on its own cul-de-sac, ensuring privacy from strolling magnates and movie stars. 

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Location: Malibu, Calif. 
Average Home Size: 2,998
Median Home Price: $2.195 million

This home: $9.5 million
Beds/Baths: 2/4
Sq Ft: N/A

Well, turns out Malibu actually tops Beverly Hills on the median-home price meter, even though Beverley Hills beats Malibu by a cool 1,000 square feet when it comes to average home size. Overlooking La Costa Beach, this stunner stares out into sweeping Pacific blue. You can suck in the views through floor-to-ceiling glass windows or on its spacious deck, which practically positions you over the surf. 

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Protected by a gated entrance, the home has an elaborate interior that gleams with stone, wood and tile. Exposed beams add a little extra character. Special features include a gourmet kitchen, gym, generator and skylights. 

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Location: Washington, D.C.
Average Home Size: 2,237 Sq Ft
Median Home Price: $379,000

This Home: $1.35 million
Beds/Baths: 4/4
Sq Ft: 2,232

Even though it's roughly the size of you average home in D.C., this house's location accounts for its exorbitant price. 

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The home has an elegant color scheme with gleaming hardwood floors and cream walls, suggesting that -- unlike many homes in the area -- sometimes-studying frat boys at the esteemed university nearby have not lived in it recently. 

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Location: Atlanta, Ga.
Average Home Size: 2,074 Sq Ft
Median Home Price: $149,900 

This Home: $100,000
Beds/Baths: 3/2
Sq Ft: 2,140

A house this size comes a little cheaper down South. In this case, $100,000 buys a average-sized home for the area. The price per square foot is only $47. Clocking in at $742 per square foot, our Beverly Hills pick dwarfs that ratio.  

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The single family has a spacious kitchen with a marble-topped island and cherry-stained cabinets. It also offers quite a bit of lawn in the front and back. 

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Location: Austin, Texas
Average Home Size: 1,979
Median Home Price: 
$235,000

This Home: $127,950
Beds/Baths: 4/3
Size: 2,648

The Lone Star State is no stranger to cheap dirt. Take this 2,648 square foot home for instance. With a stately brick exterior, and generous interior for only $127,950, this Austin home delivers everything you need and then some.

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The fact that the home is a foreclosure probably explains why it has such a cheap price tag. According to the National Association of Realtors, foreclosures are typically discounted by around 20 percent. Pictured here is the home's well-apportioned kitchen. 

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Location: Dallas, Texas
Average Home Size: 1,363 Sq Ft
Median Home Price: $199,000

This Home: $305,000
Beds/Baths: 2/2
Sq Ft: 1,463

Dallas has the fifth lowest average home size on our list, suggesting that not everything is bigger in Texas. Priced at $305,000, this home is on the higher end of those that hover around the city's average size. 

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This new traditional offers a manicured lawn and elegant interior. Some of its features include hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings and ceiling lights. 

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Location: Denver, Colo. 
Average Home Size: 1,354 Sq Ft
Median Home Price: $245,000

This Home: $279,000
Beds/Baths: 3/1
Sq Ft: 1,368

The Mile High City is relatively expensive, with a median price of $245,000. This home is a fair representation of what you might expect in town, both in price and size. The three-bedroom bungalow has a total of 1,368 square feet. 

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The home dates all the way back to 1900 when it was originally constructed. But you wouldn't know that by looking at its sleek, textured interior. 

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Location: Baltimore, Md.
Average Home Size: 1,260 Sq Ft
Median Home Price: $104,900

This Home: $289,900
Beds/Baths: 3/4
Sq Ft: 1,250

Baltimore is a pretty dense city and its average home size is a perfect reflection of that. This brick-built three-bedroom only has .03 acres of land, but it costs more than double the area's median home price. 

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Though it was built in 1910, the home has quite a modern feel. The listing skillfully highlights this trait with elegant decor and furnishings. 

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Location: Boston, Mass. 
Average Home Size: 1,250 Sq Ft
Median Home Price: $377,000

This Home: $1.469 million
Beds/Baths: 1/2
Sq Ft: 1,220

Boston is one of the more cramped cities in the country. It's also one of the most expensive. This home measures at about the city's average size, but far exceeds it on the luxury meter. The $1.469 million condo has a built-in media center, among other community amenities like an in-house gym. 

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The kitchen has custom cabinets and porcelain floors. There's also a study area and master suite with two walk-in closets and a marble bath.

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Location: New York (Manhattan), N.Y. 
Average Home Size: 1,124
Median Home Price: $1.139 million

This Home: $175,000
Beds/Baths: 4/1
Sq Ft: 1,250

No big surprise here. The Big Apple takes a giant bite out of your wallet. Malibu and Beverley Hills may have some of the  largest homes on the list, but Manhattan's luxe digs come in small packages. Located way uptown, this unfurnished apartment is about as affordable as it gets on the island.   

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Offering four bedrooms (but just one bathroom), the apartment seems tailor-made for an up-and-comer trying to make it in the big city.

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Using statistics provided by PropertyShark and listings form Realtor.com, we've compiled a list of five cities that boast some of the nation's largest average home sizes along with five of the smallest. We've also provided each town's median home price, as calculated by Zillow, for frame of reference.

If you've ever wondered how the rest of the country lives, take a walking tour of some of the most popular metro areas in the gallery above.
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