City-Data Forum How many square feet of living space do the residents of your home have? (population, houses)
 User Name Remember Me Password [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 1.5 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
 View Poll Results: Square feet of living space per person in your home 200-299 6 8.22% 300-399 7 9.59% 400-499 12 16.44% 500-599 9 12.33% More 39 53.42% Voters: 73. You may not vote on this poll

06-07-2012, 04:41 PM
 Status: "In like a lion!" (set 20 hours ago) Location: Foot of the Rockies 64,068 posts, read 50,209,858 times Reputation: 17292
How many square feet of living space do the residents of your home have?

There has been a lot of discussion about how many square feet of living space people have in various housing situations. For example, a four person family in a 1315 sq. ft house has 328 sq. ft. per person. That is the size of the first house DH and I owned (not 1350 as I previously stated). Our current home is 2500 sq. ft. and we had four people in here for 13 years, and off and on for years after that. That works out to 625 sq. ft. per person.

So, take the square footing of your residential unit (include basement if applicable), divide by the number of people living with you, and calculate the square footage. Be honest!

06-07-2012, 06:55 PM
 Location: Youngstown, Oh. 2,857 posts, read 3,475,792 times Reputation: 1583
Well, my current house is about 900 square feet, and I'm single. But, a family of 4 lived here before me. (mom, dad, 2 kids)

My project house is about 1700 square feet. I know that's excessive for one person, but it's one of the smaller houses in that neighborhood.

06-07-2012, 07:16 PM
 Status: "In like a lion!" (set 20 hours ago) Location: Foot of the Rockies 64,068 posts, read 50,209,858 times Reputation: 17292
Quote:
 Originally Posted by JR_C Well, my current house is about 900 square feet, and I'm single. But, a family of 4 lived here before me. (mom, dad, 2 kids) My project house is about 1700 square feet. I know that's excessive for one person, but it's one of the smaller houses in that neighborhood.
This is a good example of what I was talking about in another thread. You don't need to apologize. I certainly don't care.

06-07-2012, 07:31 PM
 6,601 posts, read 6,688,809 times Reputation: 2433
About 450 sf per person, not counting a not-up-to-code basement. Feels like plenty to me.

06-07-2012, 07:32 PM
 Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle 6,372 posts, read 4,646,864 times Reputation: 2804
Are basements generally counted in sq footage? Wife and i have 2 roommates. So that's a little north of 250 per person in our 1000 sq ft house. If the basement is not included, probably more like 325.

06-07-2012, 07:36 PM
 Location: Youngstown, Oh. 2,857 posts, read 3,475,792 times Reputation: 1583
Quote:
 Originally Posted by Katiana This is a good example of what I was talking about in another thread. You don't need to apologize. I certainly don't care.
But, since I'm one of only a few posters from the rust belt, I don't think I make a good example. Because of it's population decline, Youngstown has a lot of excess space, which makes it easy for someone like me to have a lot of it.

06-07-2012, 07:58 PM
 7,847 posts, read 5,295,637 times Reputation: 3353
Not all square footage is created equal. Some builders count a room with a volume ceiling as twice its floor area since it occupies two stories. More common is measuring from the outside walls, which counts a lot of unusable space. I was more conservative with my estimates.

06-07-2012, 08:08 PM
 Location: Southern California 11,621 posts, read 7,549,792 times Reputation: 7454
Quote:
 Originally Posted by Katiana How many square feet of living space do the residents of your home have?
1945SF

[i live alone]

06-07-2012, 08:10 PM
 Location: North Metro Atlanta 3,740 posts, read 4,083,776 times Reputation: 2603
2500/2 = 1250 per person

06-07-2012, 08:12 PM
 Location: Western Massachusetts 21,630 posts, read 9,016,120 times Reputation: 6459
Zillow claims 3600 sq ft for the house I'm living in. It's subdivided into two apartments and ours is noticeably smaller than the other. So my guess is slightly under 1600 square feet, but it could be over. 4 people.

I find it comfortable but not super roomy just in between. I've seen (and lived in) more cramped.

We have a basement, but it's not fit for habitation. it's good for growing mildew though.
 Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over \$68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned. Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.