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Following nearly three decades of increases, the size of newly built single-family homes declined to an average of 2,438 square feet last year, according to data collected by the Census Bureau. New homes constructed in 2009 had fewer bedrooms than those in previous years. After increasing for nearly 20 years, the number of single-family homes with four or more bedrooms declined to 34 percent in 2009 compared with its peak of 39 percent in 2005. The number of single-family homes with three bedrooms increased from 49 percent to 53 percent between 2005 and 2009.
Homes built in 2009 also had fewer bathrooms. The proportion of homes with three or more bathrooms declined to 24 percent in 2009 compared with 28 percent in 2008. The percentage of single-family homes with two bathrooms rose to 37 percent in 2009 compared with 35 percent in 2008.