Six of the 10 U.S. areas with the smallest homes are in the Midwest, based on the median square footage of homes for sale on in September. reported that the median size of homes for sale in Washington, D.C., was the smallest in the country that month, at 1,000 square feet. The nation’s capital was also the only area to post a median two bedrooms for the typical home —
every state in the top 10 posted a median three bedrooms.

The six Midwestern states among the top 10 with the smallest homes are: Michigan, Iowa, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin. Two of the states are in the West: Hawaii and California. One Northeast state is on the top 10 list: Maine.
Washington, D.C., is the only area in the South to make the list.

The two areas at the top of the list — Washington, D.C., and Hawaii — also had the highest median list prices of the bunch: at $432,500 and $575,000, respectively.

The two areas varied widely in lot sizes. While Washington, D.C., had the smallest median lot size among the top 10, at 2,375 square feet, Hawaii’s median lot size in September was 21,778 square feet. Maine had the biggest lot size among the top
10, at 44,431 square feet, followed by Wisconsin at 30,000 square feet.

Michigan had the lowest median list price among the 10, at $118,900. The median price data reflects all for-sale property listings on, including land, single-family homes, condos and co-ops. (View the full list of median house sizes for all 50 states and Washington, D.C.)

Area: Washington, D.C.


Median house size (sq. ft.) 1,000
Median lot size (sq. ft.) 2,375
Median price $432,500
Median bedrooms/bathrooms 2/2

Row houses on Logan Circle, Washington, D.C. Kim Seidl/Shutterstock


State: Hawaii


Median house size (sq. ft.)  1,308
Median lot size (sq. ft.) 21,778
Median price $575,000
Median beds/baths 3/2

Home in Milolii Village, Hawaii. Bonita R. Cheshier/Shutterstock



State: Michigan


Median house size (sq. ft.) 1,530
Median lot size (sq. ft.) 21,780
Median price $118,900
Median beds/baths 3/2

Home in Michigan in the winter. Thomas Barrat/Shutterstock


State: Iowa


Median house size (sq. ft.) 1,550
Median lot size (sq. ft.) 10,800
Median price $135,000
Median beds/baths 3/2

Aerial view of a small farm in Iowa. George Burba/Shutterstock


State: Ohio


Median house size (sq. ft.) 1,620
Median lot size (sq. ft.) 12,023
Median price $129,900
Median beds/baths 3/2

Home in the suburbs of Ohio. Denise Kappa/Shutterstock


State: California


Median house size (sq. ft.) 1,625
Median lot size (sq. ft.) 7,200
Median price $299,900
Median beds/baths 3/2

Beach house along California’s coast. Sahani Photography/Shutterstock


State: Illinois


Median house size (sq. ft.) 1,632
Median lot size (sq. ft.) 13,939
Median price $178,900
Median beds/baths 3/2

An Illinois home in the fall. Eugene Moerman/Shutterstock


State: Missouri


Median house size (sq. ft.) 1,650
Median lot size (sq. ft.) 12,636
Median price $144,900
Median beds/baths 3/2

Historic home in St. Genevieve, Mo. amanda shaye warfield/Shutterstock


State: Maine


Median house size (sq. ft.) 1,663
Median lot size (sq. ft.) 44,431
Median price $219,000
Median beds/baths 3/2

Cape Cod-style cottage on the shores of Western Bay at Mount Desert Island in Maine. Anne Kitzman/Shutterstock


State: Wisconsin


Median house size (sq. ft.) 1,669
Median lot size (sq. ft.) 30,000
Median price $174,900
Median beds/baths 3/2

Aerial photo of homes outside of Madison, Wis. Henryk Sadura/

View the full list of median house sizes for all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

More Real Estate Market Reports:


Median square footage of homes for sale at (September 2011)

State Sq. ft.
U.S.        1,761
Washington, D.C.         1,000
Hawaii         1,308
Michigan         1,530
Iowa         1,550
Ohio         1,620
California         1,625
Illinois         1,632
Missouri         1,650
Maine         1,663
Wisconsin         1,669
Rhode Island         1,688
Florida         1,694
Pennsylvania         1,700
Nevada         1,712
Nebraska         1,714
West Virginia         1,714
New Jersey         1,740
Indiana         1,742
Massachusetts         1,744
Oklahoma         1,746
Kentucky         1,750
Arizona         1,763
New York         1,764
New Hampshire         1,768
Oregon         1,780
Kansas         1,782
Louisiana         1,786
North Dakota         1,788
Alaska         1,789
Arkansas         1,792
Alabama         1,800
Delaware         1,800
North Carolina         1,800
Connecticut         1,804
Vermont         1,815
Minnesota         1,828
New Mexico         1,838
South Carolina         1,846
Tennessee         1,848
Mississippi         1,879
Virginia         1,896
Washington         1,903
Maryland         1,920
Idaho         1,932
Georgia         1,963
South Dakota         1,984
Texas         2,031
Montana         2,040
Wyoming         2,052
Colorado         2,126
Utah         2,305


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