House size comparisons

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Research into house sizes across the world has shown that in 2009 Australians had the largest floor area per person and the largest increase in house sizes.

According to the research, gathered by the Australian Bureau of Statistics and commissioned by Commsec, the average floor area of new homes in Australia hit a record 214.6 square metres in the last financial year. The average floor area of new free-standing houses was also at a record high of 245.3 square metres, up 4.4 per cent over the past five years.

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While Australian home sizes have risen 10 per cent over the past decade, research shows sizes of new American homes has fallen from a peak of 212 square metres to 201.5 square metres.

In Europe, Denmark has the biggest homes followed by Greece and the Netherlands. Homes in Britain are the smallest in Europe with an average of 76 square metres.

The report, which examined dwelling sizes in new construction over the past year, found Victoria had Australia's biggest homes (224.5 square metres), followed by Western Australia, Queensland, Northern Territory, NSW, Tasmania, South Australia and the ACT.

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