The United States, Ranked by Yard Size

By HomeAdvisor

Updated October 11, 2018

How big is the average lawn?

In the United States, residential lawns average 10,871 square feet (or roughly a quarter of an acre). This depends greatly on location.

For instance, the average lawn size in California is 5,575 square feet. This is calculated by taking the average lot size in CA, or 7,200 square feet, and subtracting the average home size, 1,625 square feet. Meanwhile, locals in Montana get more than an acre and a half of yard space. That’s 71,576 square feet!

See how your state’s average backyard size compares to the rest of the United States!

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Locals in Vermont get an average of 16.9 times the lawn of homeowners in Nevada.

Our report has found each state’s average lawn size in square feet by comparing numbers on average lot and house size.

If you’re looking for a perfectly average backyard, you’ll likely find one in Missouri, Kansas, or Pennsylvania — all have averages close to the national average.

Backyards are one of a thousand things to consider when looking at houses, but there are plenty of reasons why one would consider a smaller lawn. Lawn care can be costly, for instance.

Those looking for a tiny backyard should consider Arizona, California, or Nevada.

Some of this data may be surprising: People in New York get twice the amount of yard on average compared to those in California!


  1. G Brown, October 15:

    I was wondering what the average backyard size in Illinois is. Only the backyard.

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