If everything’s bigger in Texas, that should include our homes, right? Well, a new study shows homes in the Lone Star State are among the biggest in the country — but not the biggest.
Texas appears at No. 11 on American Home Shield’s list of the states with the biggest houses. In Texas, the average home is 2,170 square feet, well behind top-ranked Utah (2,800 square feet).
But don’t despair, fellow Texans. Six Texas cities, including Austin, land on American Home Shield’s list of the top 20 major cities for home size. This list looks at average home sizes in the country’s 50 largest cities.
After reviewing more than 500,000 U.S. home listings from Zillow, American Home Shield concluded that Austin's average home boasts 2,081 square feet, ranking No. 7 in the nation and No. 2 among large cities in Texas.
The Texas cities on the list are:
- No. 5 Fort Worth, 2,255 square feet
- No. 7 Austin, 2,081 square feet
- No. 11 Houston, 2,041 square feet
- No. 16 El Paso, 2,004 square feet
- No. 17 San Antonio, 2,002 square feet
- No. 20 Dallas, 1,930 square feet
In case you were wondering, the big city with the biggest houses is Colorado Springs, Colorado (2,760 square feet), while the tiniest houses are in Honolulu (825 square feet).
“Several factors can dictate how large the average home is in a certain state or city,” says American Home Shield, which sells home warranties. “One of the primary factors is the age of the housing stock. American homes have gotten larger over time; states with a higher percentage of new homes tend to have larger homes on average.”