Size Matters. So Are The Average Surfaces of Houses in Each Country

I have always a little annoyed average concepts: salary, average life, medium size… Because many times they are not representative of the reality of the ends and sometimes they can make them feel forgotten, above all, those who remain below the average. But it is also true that these average figures allow us to break myths and cliches It is based many times to highlight only the most curious facts.

If we believe in a house in China or Japan most of the time we imagine a small hideout, because it is what most draws the attention of their homes. In Spain There are also homes of ridiculous size, but we know that they are not the most and that is why in our country we imagine a medium size House. Thinking in America We go to the view that we have of the films and imagine everyone in a large House, detached, nicely decorated and always clean as if by magic… But, is that the reality?

How are the houses in which we live?

The European country with the largest houses is Denmark

Beyond sensational articles, the most recent and reliable that I have found with regard to the actual size of the houses, are publications of the European Statistics Office and a study of Deustche Bank which also includes data from outside the European Union. The data correspond to 2014, because they are updated with a year’s delay, in November 2016 we will know of the housing situation in 2015, but it is expected that in just one year figures does not change much and in any case are fairly predictable on the basis of the trends.

In what the European Union means for 2014, 4 of every 10 people in the EU-28 living in flats, little more than one quarter in little more than one-third in single-family homes and townhouses. Precisely the proportion of people living in flats was higher in Spain, Latvia and Estonia, exceeding 60%. While the largest proportion of people who live in terraced houses were recorded in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom also over 60%. The proportion of people who live in single-family homes reached its highest point in Croatia, above 70%, Slovenia, Hungary, Norway and Serbia over 60%.

What are the largest? And the smallest?

The average size of dwelling in US and Australia exceeds 200 square meters

Carrying the Palm it comes to large houses are USA and Australia, the average housing size exceeds in both countries the 200 square meters, although that doesn’t mean that there not those who live in small apartments. In Spain, the average surface is 96.4 square meters. It has fallen slightly, until the year 2013, the Middle floor exceeded 100.

If we focus on Europe the European country with the largest average houses is Denmark, where the average property has 137 square meters of surface. On the other hand, United Kingdom is the country with the smaller dwellings, There, the average surface is just 76 square meters. This has to do with that London is one of the most expensive cities in the world to buy home.

Deconstructing some myths

The average size of a home in the United Kingdom is less than the Japan

Interestingly enough if you look at the data, we see that the average size of a home in the United Kingdom is less than a house in Japan that, against what we might think, round 90%. With regard to China, there if the situation is more complicated, overcrowding in big cities like Shanghai or Beijing forces students and workers, but not to live in a minipiso and to share rooms with zero amenities. Hong Kong stands in third place in the list of most expensive places to buy home after Monaco and London. Must be taken into account that in China the ground is owned by the State and this coupled with the high demand makes housing even more fundamentally.

The real problem is not both the size of the dwellings and the overcrowding in these. These minipisos with all amenities and very well decorated that we see in the magazines are only small exceptions, the reality of the middle class is in shared flats, rooms for rent and even directly bed and a bunk bed. The mini convertible House we saw a few days ago in Decoesfera is actually a luxury home that few can access in Hong Kong.

Difference between large cities and less populated areas

As we discussed the size of the housing is in clear with the price of land, and in turn this relationship with the demand. Thus it is logical to understand that in large cities, where more people live, the soil is more expensive and is why more small flats are built. Because the great majority of people could not pay them. For the same price, in a smaller city or a village, one can get a House probably large triple.

The increase in the price of the ground in large cities, coupled with the economic crisis of recent years, has motivated, who have not been able to go to live on the outskirts, have had to comply with the minimum square meter to set your home and thus lowering the cost. But you don’t have to go to China to see that, we can find it easily in Madrid or Barcelona… Bad calls homes of 10 square meters and at price of gold.

Besides the economic crisis has boosted the class difference which was already noticeable in developing countries. This makes the analysis of average figures to lose value, because it does not evidence the reality of living in much worse conditions that reflect the studies. Speaking in general terms, we could say that What we, in Spain, is a small apartment, in China or in Japan it may seem like a mansion and someone in Australia seem an uninhabitable hideout. However to realize more would have to do analysis by cities and specific areas and making distinction between social and economic classes in each place.

I recognize that to me all this she catches me a bit in the distance. I don’t live in a big city and therefore for my has been relatively easy to get a floor with a reasonable size, very good price and without that might imply to invest hours a day on transport. My conclusion is that if you’re not rich, but you have probably a salary, your quality of life and that of your home are better away from a big city, It is true that there are more employment opportunities, but we must look at the cost of what… Additionally if there were fewer people wanting to live in the center of large cities prices fall.

Medium-sized figures are reasonable in all countries analyzed in these studies, however, always in the big cities is where the worst relations of superficie-precio and the less populated areas that serve to improve the average even in Japan. So I think that at a minimum is to think… And you, what would prefer? minipiso in the city or big house in another area?