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New home lot size: State average lowest in nation

Washington and Oregon have some of the smallest lot sizes in the nation. ( photo)

New England has the largest average lot size for new homes, nearly five times the size of lots in Washington and Oregon, according to data from the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction.

The median lot size for single-family homes that began construction in 2012 was three quarters of an acre in the New England area compared to 0.14 acres in the Pacific Division, which includes Washington and Oregon.

Here’s how lot sizes stacked up regionally:

  • -New England (Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Connecticut): 0.75 acres
  • -East South Central (Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee): 0.40 acres
  • -Midwest-East North Central (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin): 0.38 acres
  • -Middle Atlantic (New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania): 0.29 acres
  • -South Atlantic (Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia): 0.25 acres
  • -West North Central (Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota): 0.23 acres
  • -West South Central (Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas): 0.18 acres
  • -Mountain Division (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming): 0.18 acres
  • -Pacific Division (Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington): 0.14 acres


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