Houston and other Texas cities live large in some of America's biggest apartments
Everything is bigger in Texas, including our housing. According to apartment search website RentCafe, Plano ranks No. 2 on a list of cities with the largest apartment sizes. Houston, Dallas, and Irving aren't too far behind.
RentCafe's research team analyzed apartment data in the 100 largest U.S. cities to determine which cities are living large — and which ones are pretty cramped.
Houston ranks No. 15 on the list, and Dallas and Irving tie for the No. 18 spot. In Houston, a studio apartment averages 497 square feet, while a one-bedroom apartment comes in at 727 square feet and a two-bedroom apartment totals 1.035 square feet.
Apartments across the U.S. have gotten smaller over the past decade — square footage has decreased by 8 percent on average — but Plano seems to be untouched by the trend. The average square footage for a two-bedroom apartment in the Dallas suburb is 1,084. An average one-bedroom has 765 square feet, and a studio boasts 578 square feet. To compare, new studios in the U.S. have only 504 square feet on average.
Atlanta ranks No. 1 on the list, with an average 1,125 square feet for a two-bedroom apartment. Meanwhile in Tucson, Arizona, spaces are small. A one-bedroom there boasts a measly 595 square feet, about the size of a Plano studio.