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People > Size of houses: Countries Compared

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Author: Ian Graham, Staff Editor

The only point being made here is that people in the top five countries for this statistic have a lot of space, and that they all speak English, which is a factor of their sharing a common mother country. It isn’t surprising for the United States, New Zealand, Canada and Australia to have such large houses, since those countries all have population densities of less than 30 people per square kilometer, far less than the United Kingdom’s rate of 244.69 people per square kilometer.

One point I could make is that, along with its language, England also exported a culture which valued individuality and privacy, and also that these former colonies have prospered economically, with New Zealand having the lowest ranking of the five in GDP per capita, at 35th-highest in the world. Presumably, people in Pakistan, India and Nicaragua would build houses large enough so that up to three people didn’t have to share a room, if they could afford to.

Other points could also be made, such as the relationship that seems to exist between controlled population growth (all five of the countries with the largest houses have an average annual increase of less than one percent) and a higher standard of living. Of course, there is no way to tell which way this relationship works. Do people have fewer children as living standards rise or vice-versa?

DEFINITION: Proportion of houses with five or more rooms, 2002.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Canada 75% 2002
2 New Zealand 74% 2002
3 United Kingdom 73% 2002
4 United States 72% 2002
5 Australia 70% 2002
6 Ireland 67% 2002
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 52.14% 2002
7 Norway 44% 2002
8 Netherlands 43% 2002
9 Germany 40% 2002
10 Italy 38% 2002
=11 Belgium 36% 2002
=11 France 36% 2002
13 Japan 31% 2002
14 Denmark 29% 2002
15 Switzerland 27% 2002
16 Sweden 23% 2002
17 Austria 19% 2002
18 Finland 14% 2002

Citation

"Countries Compared by People > Size of houses. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", Figures are all from the market analysts Euromonitor. See also Japan Almanac 1998 (Asahi Shimbun, Tokyo, 1998. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/People/Size-of-houses

People > Size of houses: Countries Compared Map

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Interesting observations about People > Size of houses

  • All of the top 2 countries by size of houses are Former British Colonies'.
  • Canada ranked first for size of houses amongst Group of 7 countries (G7) in 2002.
  • All of the top 2 countries by size of houses are Sparsely populated.
  • All of the bottom 18 countries by size of houses are High income OECD.
  • 14 of the top 18 countries by size of houses are Christian.
  • All of the top 2 countries by size of houses are English speaking .
  • 12 of the bottom 13 countries by size of houses are European.
  • United Kingdom ranked first for size of houses amongst European Union in 2002.
  • Austria ranked last for size of houses amongst Non-religious countries in 2002.
  • All of the bottom 5 countries by size of houses are Cold countries'.

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The only point being made here is that people in the top five countries for this statistic have a lot of space, and that they all speak English, which is a factor of their sharing a common mother country. It isn’t surprising for the United States, New Zealand, Canada and Australia to have such large houses, since those countries all have population densities of less than 30 people per square kilometer, far less than the United Kingdom’s rate of 244.69 people per square kilometer.

One point I could make is that, along with its language, England also exported a culture which valued individuality and privacy, and also that these former colonies have prospered economically, with New Zealand having the lowest ranking of the five in GDP per capita, at 35th-highest in the world. Presumably, people in Pakistan, India and Nicaragua would build houses large enough so that up to three people didn’t have to share a room, if they could afford to.

Other points could also be made, such as the relationship that seems to exist between controlled population growth (all five of the countries with the largest houses have an average annual increase of less than one percent) and a higher standard of living. Of course, there is no way to tell which way this relationship works. Do people have fewer children as living standards rise or vice-versa?

Posted on 15 Apr 2005

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

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The top five countries for size of houses are all English-speaking and, with the exception of their common mother country (the United Kingdom), share a common history as one-time British colonies.

Over 70 percent of houses in these countries have five or more rooms, but Australia, at 13 percent, is the only one where more than 10 percent of households have five or more people.

The average household size in Canada, the U.S. and Australia is 2.6 people. That’s equal to or less than the number of people per room in Pakistan, India and Nicaragua.

Posted on 28 Mar 2005

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

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