During the different phases of life, many people may choose to up or downsize their homes. Whether it’s from an increasing family or for retirement reasons, certain states make it easier to find the home of your dreams. Using our “Home Values” data, we broke down the states with the largest and smallest homes based on the median square footage. So no matter whether you choose to live big or small, these states got you covered!
States With the Largest Homes
Westernmost of the states, Utah claims the largest median home size in the country at 1,768 square feet. Also known as the “Beehive State,” Utah is a center of transportation, education, information technology and research, government services, and mining. The semi-arid climate and mountainous terrain make Utah a major tourist destination for outdoor recreation, especially skiing.
Home to more than just sweet peaches and pecans, Georgia is also home to large houses. The median size of a Georgia house sits at 1,760 square feet. In this southern state, you’ll find 17 Fortune 500 companies as well as Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest airport.
Located in the Mid-Atlantic, Virginia houses have a median house size of 1,728. Often considered “the birthplace of the nation” for its historical significance, Virginia has become a wholesome state to call home. On the west side of the state, enjoy the mountainous Blue Ridge region of the Appalachian Mountains and on the east side, enjoy the beachy coastline and Eastern Shore.
Wyoming may be the least populated state, however, it has one of the highest median house sizes. The median house size in The Cowboy State is 1,725 square feet. Wyoming is known for its popular national parks including Yellowstone and Grand Teton. The main drivers of Wyoming’s economy are mineral extraction — mostly coal, oil, natural gas, and trona — and tourism.
Everything is bigger in Texas and houses are no exception to that – with the median house size in the state sitting at 1,714 square feet. Texas is the second largest and most populous state in America. The Lone Star state has led the US in state export revenue since 2002 and has the second-highest gross state product. Top industries in Texas include agriculture, petrochemicals, energy, computers and electronics, aerospace, and biomedical sciences.
States With the Smallest Homes
Bigger isn’t always better, especially in a tropical oasis like Hawaii. Though Hawaii has the smallest median square foot sized homes, it’s serene beaches and warm weather make up for it. Formed by volcanic activity, Hawaii has been a top destination spot for many years. The Aloha State is the only state located in Oceania and its culture is strongly influenced by East Asian and Polynesian cultures.
Located in New England, Maine has the second smallest homes in America. The median house in Maine sits at 1,372 square feet. Maine is known for its rocky, picturesque coasts as well as its seafood cuisine, especially lobster and clams. Though Maine sees cold and snowy winters, summers tend to be warm and humid. Often called “Vacationland,” for its pristine wilderness waterways, pine forests, clear waters, and its rocky shorelines, Maine is an ideal place to visit.
Right off the Mississippi River, Missouri also has small houses on average. The median house size in this Midwestern state is 1,426 square feet. Major industries include aerospace, transportation equipment, food processing, chemicals, printing/publishing, electrical equipment, light manufacturing, financial services and beer. Missouri experiences extreme weather such as thunderstorms and tornadoes due to its location.
Known as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, Michigan is located right along the Great Lakes. The median is Michigan sits right at 1,440. It is the only state to consist of two peninsulas. The Upper Peninsula has become a popular location for tourists while the Lower Peninsula is known for manufacturing, forestry, agriculture, services, and high-tech industry. Michigan has more public golf courses, registered boats and lighthouses than any other state.
Located in the Appalachian Mountains, the median house size in West Virginia is 1,471 square feet. The state is noted for its mountains and rolling hills, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. Because of its mountainous terrain, West Virginia has become a popular destination for many outdoor activities such as whitewater rafting, skiing, hiking, fishing, and rock climbing.