It turns out not everything is bigger in Texas.
Residential lot sizes in Texas are the fifth-smallest in the USA, clocking in at an average 9,540 sqft, according to a study done by online home services company Angi.
The study reviewed ~400,000 Zillow listings across all 50 states + 107 metropolitan areas to come up with its 2022 Lot Size Index. Here’s how Austin compares with other Texas metros:
- Residents of Beaumont-Port Arthur enjoy the largest lots in Texas by a landslide, with the average lot measuring 13,939 sqft, marking the 27th largest lots nationwide.
- The Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown metro has the second-largest lots in Texas — 73rd largest overall — coming in at ~8,930 sqft.
- Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington has the third largest lot sizes in the state —76th largest overall — with 8,712 sqft to a typical lot.
- The San Antonio-New Braunfels area has an average size of 7,405 sqft, ranking 11th smallest overall.
- El Paso has the smallest lots — not just in Texas, but overall — at an average 6,098 sqft.
But size doesn’t necessarily correlate with affordability. Austin’s price per square foot came in 19th most expensive in the US at $69.84 and dwarfed the state average, $36.64 per square foot. Here’s what Texas looks like in order of best bang for your buck:
- Beaumont-Port Arthur: $15.35
- McAllen-Edinburg-Mission: $28.94
- Corpus Christi: $40.48
- El Paso: $47.71
- San Antonio-New Braunfels: $48.18
- Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land: $50.05
- Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington: $53.41
- Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown: $69.84
If you’re looking for a truly Texas-sized homestead, you’ll have to venture to the northeast. Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine have the largest lot sizes, where size minimums prevent developers from dividing the land.