Which is all good and necessary for city dwelling. But let’s think about the suburbs for a minute. Across America, the average home measures around 2,697 square feet. While New York depends on density to house its 8 million people in a small space, most places in the country still adhere to a philosophy of the more space, the better. “We supersize ourselves in every way,” Hill says. The emphasis on larger homes is out of touch with our real demographic needs. While the majority of the U.S. population (28%) is single people living alone, 40% of our housing stock is made up of three-bedroom apartments. “It’s just not a good match,” Hill says. And bigger homes require much more energy to heat and cool.