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RentCafe: New Apartments in Seattle are Smallest in the U.S.

RentCafe: New Apartments in Seattle are Smallest in the U.S.

Shrinkflation is not just for products in supermarkets, but it has crept into the housing market as well. A new report from RentCafe indicates that all across the country, new apartments are getting tinier, decreasing by 54 square feet in the past 10 years. Seattle tops the list of shrinking living quarters, with an average new unit size of just 659 square feet.

One of the main reasons for Seattle’s shrinkage is a record amount of studio and one-bedroom apartments entering the market. A whopping 82% of new units are either studio or one-bedroom, compared to the nationwide average of 57%. In addition, Seattle’s tiny studio apartments have gotten even smaller, measuring 381 square feet, or about the size of a two-car garage.

Seattle is not the only Pacific Northwest city to see a substantial decline in apartment sizes. Portland, OR ranks second in the country with units averaging 681 square feet, 9% smaller than 10 years ago.


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Mark comes to ConnectCRE with an extensive background as a business and news reporter in San Francisco radio, as well as 35 years as a traffic reporter on several stations including KGO, KNBR, KCBS and KFRC. As a business reporter, Mark covered the tech world in Silicon Valley where he became familiar with real estate transactions in the hot Bay Area marketplace. He attended San Jose State University with a BA in Radio and TV Broadcasting and currently resides in the Lake Tahoe area where he gets to frequently enjoy all of his favorite activities: Golfing, Fishing, Hiking and Skiing.