By definition supersymmetry transformations square to spacetime translations. In a superspace formalism the supersymmetry operator is constructed from the vector field $\partial_\theta$ with respect to the odd coordinates $\theta$. As this operator has to square to the vector field $\partial_x$ with respect to the even coordinates $x$, which is of dimension $1$, the vector field with respect to the odd coordinate has to be of dimension $1/2$ and so the odd coordinate as to be of dimension $-1/2$.
Equivalently, a typical superfield is of the form
$\phi + \theta \psi +...$
where $\phi$ is a scalar and $\psi$ a spinor. In $d$ spacetime dimensions, a scalar is of dimension $(d-2)/2$, a spinor is of dimension $(d-1)/2$ and so $\theta$ has to be of dimension $-1/2$.