Lot sizes in Texas are some of the smallest in the US

Study finds that you’ll have to leave Texas for a Texas-sized property

The sun sets over houses and the Colorado River from Mount Bonnell.

The views might be big in Texas, but the house lot sizes don’t match up.

Photo via @jason_kautz

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 lotsnot 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.

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