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Boston ranks low for average yard size, but not as low as you might think

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A backyard in Chestnut Hill.
A backyard in Chestnut Hill. Michele McDonald/Boston Globe

If you wish you had a bigger yard for that barbecue you have been planning, well, you are probably not alone.

Boston-area homeowners have the 14th smallest lots in the country, according to Zillow, which looked at the top 100 metro markets in the country.

Still, our average yard is a modest 4,918 square feet, though it looks palatial compared to Baltimore, where yards are just a miniscule 1,710 square feet.

So where are the cities with the biggest yards?

Big surprise, they are mainly in Sun Belt cities, where land and homes are cheaper than they are in the Boston area.

At the top of the list is Lawrenceville, Georgia. The average yard in the city, which is in the Atlanta metro market, is a whopping 14,375 square feet, equivalent to one quarter of a football field, Zillow notes.

Fayetteville and Winston-Salem, both in North Carolina, are No. 2 and 3, and Durham is No. 6. Tallahassee, Florida and Chesapeake, Virginia come in at No. 4 and 5, respectively.

The cities in the top tier all have yards in the 12,000 to 14,000-square-foot range.

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