The average price of a house in the United States is $200,700, according to real estate site Zillow. For the same price, San Franciscans could afford a home the size of a shipping container.
SFGATE crunched the numbers on the square footage you could buy in the Bay Area for the median national home price, with the help of data from Zillow.
In San Francisco, you could afford a 210-square-foot home for $200,700; in Oakland, you’d get an additional 170 square feet; and in Antioch you could live like a king (sort of) in an 888-square-foot house.
To throw more salt in the wounds of Bay Area homebuyers, SFGATE visualized what this square footage would look like compared to the median size of American homes — 2,169 square feet (per the 2010 U.S. census).
In the above gallery, the black squares represent the size home you could purchase in the respective city compared to the national average (the white square). For comparison, we includ ed visualizations from a handful of other major U.S. cities. When viewed in this way, saying your Bay Area home is the “size of a postage stamp” certainly takes on a more literal meaning.