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Apartment feeling cramped in the stay-at-home era? In Boston, you’re not alone

At just over 1,100 square feet, Boston has the smallest median apartment size of 50 major cities surveyed by a real estate website (excluding New York).John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Nearly six weeks into this society-wide experiment in social isolation, the walls are closing in for many of us. In Boston, that may be partly because the walls were pretty snug to begin with.

In fact, of homes on the market in 50 big cities across the country surveyed by the real estate website Point2 Homes, Boston has the smallest median size: 1,127 square feet. (The study excluded Manhattan, because it’s, well, different.)

Eleven-hundred square feet is roughly the size of one floor of a typical three-decker, and significantly larger than many of the studios and so-called “micro-units” in higher-end buildings that have opened around the city in recent years.


We’re used to living in cozy quarters. But it’s less than half the roomier confines you can find in cities such as Colorado Springs, Raleigh, N.C., and Tulsa, Okla., according to Point2′s survey. So if you want some room to yourself . . .

Boston fares a bit better when yards and other outdoor spaces are factored into the equation. The city ranks 15th in median lot size, beating out Brooklyn, San Francisco, and Chicago, among other places. But given the inconsistent spring weather around here, that backyard may not be much comfort when you’re looking out the window, socially isolating in a tiny apartment.

Tim Logan can be reached at Follow him @bytimlogan.