Death of the McMansion Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

A McMansion in Westport, Conn. Photograph by Dave Matlow/AP Photo

Who says Americans have fallen out of love with McMansions? It’s true that the housing bust shaved a few square feet off the average size of new homes in the U.S. But new single-family homes built last year were still 49 percent bigger than those built in 1973, according to Census Bureau data.  And it’s worth remembering that family sizes have shrunk over that period.

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