The changing American home: from 1950 to 2010

by | Aug 11, 2016 | Blog, Home & Lifestyle

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Today’s homeowners crave granite countertops, walk-in closets, and programmable thermostats and other smart technology. But years ago, those items weren’t even on the list. Instead, homeowners were excited about avocado refrigerators!

The modern home has changed significantly over the past 65 years, as RisMedia’s Housecall points out with these fun facts:

1950s: Homes had an average of 1.5 bedrooms and 2.35 bathrooms.

1960s: Average home size was 1,200 square feet.

1970s: Homeowners sought appliances in offbeat colors; avocado and harvest gold were popular.

1980s: Average number of TVs in each house was 1.5.

1980s: Average listing price was just over $216,000.

1990s: Average home size was 2,080 square feet, double the size of homes in the ‘60s. The average square footage increased 21% over the 1980s, even though the number of room remained the same.

2010: Average number of TVs in each house was 2.93, nearly double the number of TVs in the 1980s.

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