Average Apartment Unit Size Falls to 10-year Low


tiny-apartmentDevelopers continue to add modern multifamily units to cities across the Midwest. And these new units? They’re getting smaller.

According to RENTCafe, the average size of apartment units completed in 2016 has fallen to 934 square feet. That’s the smallest average size for new-construction apartment units since 2006, when the average size stood at 1,015 square feet. Overall, the average size of all U.S. apartment units is 889 square feet, according to RENTCafe.

However, there is one Midwest city in which new apartment units tend to be larger, Omaha. Omaha ranked ninth on RENTCafe’s list of cities with the biggest new-construction apartment units. The average size of a new studio in Omaha is 477 square feet, while a one-bedroom comes with an average of 758 square feet of living space. RENTCafe.com found that the average new-construction two-bedroom unit in Omaha boasts 1,090 square feet of living space.

The city with the largest newly built apartments was Atlanta, with two-bedroom units here averaging 1,125 square feet of living space.

And the city with the smallest average apartment units? That would be Tucson, Arizona.


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