Counties in Colorado with the most pre-war homes

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June 22, 2022
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Counties in Colorado with the most pre-war homes

Pre-war homes—those built before 1939—are architectural gems. They are sturdy, charming, and often what people are referring to when they look at the prevalent colorless, linear designs of today and lament “they just don’t make them like they used to.”

In some ways, that’s a good thing. Pre-war homes often contained materials we know to be hazardous today, like asbestos and lead. But their signature characteristics, including hardwood floors, nickel accents, ornate crown molding, and high ceilings, are among the features many people look for in a dream home.

Preserving the history of these properties, many of which you’ll find on the National Register of Historic Places, is labor that often extends beyond the scope of an individual homeowner. Depending on where these homes are located, special permission by local historic commissions may be required before renovations can be done in an effort to preserve their historic architectural integrity.

Stacker compiled a list of counties in Colorado with the most pre-war homes using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the highest percent of homes that were built before 1939 based on 2020 5-year estimates.

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#30. Pueblo County

- Homes built before 1939: 15.3%
- Homes built since 2000: 18.9%
- Median year built: 1973
- Total homes: 71,284
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#29. Delta County

- Homes built before 1939: 15.5%
- Homes built since 2000: 21.2%
- Median year built: 1981
- Total homes: 14,860
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#28. Baca County

- Homes built before 1939: 16.0%
- Homes built since 2000: 9.8%
- Median year built: 1964
- Total homes: 2,251
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#27. Chaffee County

- Homes built before 1939: 16.3%
- Homes built since 2000: 30.8%
- Median year built: 1990
- Total homes: 10,916
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#26. Fremont County

- Homes built before 1939: 16.3%
- Homes built since 2000: 18.9%
- Median year built: 1980
- Total homes: 20,035

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#25. Saguache County

- Homes built before 1939: 16.9%
- Homes built since 2000: 22.4%
- Median year built: 1981
- Total homes: 3,961
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#24. Denver

- Homes built before 1939: 18.6%
- Homes built since 2000: 21.9%
- Median year built: 1970
- Total homes: 306,269
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#23. Morgan County

- Homes built before 1939: 18.9%
- Homes built since 2000: 15.7%
- Median year built: 1973
- Total homes: 11,809
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#22. Rio Grande County

- Homes built before 1939: 19.2%
- Homes built since 2000: 18.5%
- Median year built: 1978
- Total homes: 6,832
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#21. Cheyenne County

- Homes built before 1939: 19.4%
- Homes built since 2000: 8.0%
- Median year built: 1972
- Total homes: 1,012

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#20. Kit Carson County

- Homes built before 1939: 19.4%
- Homes built since 2000: 9.1%
- Median year built: 1972
- Total homes: 3,557
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#19. Prowers County

- Homes built before 1939: 21.5%
- Homes built since 2000: 8.0%
- Median year built: 1970
- Total homes: 5,937
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#18. Kiowa County

- Homes built before 1939: 22.0%
- Homes built since 2000: 9.8%
- Median year built: 1962
- Total homes: 772
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#17. Clear Creek County

- Homes built before 1939: 22.4%
- Homes built since 2000: 7.4%
- Median year built: 1973
- Total homes: 5,745
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#16. Jackson County

- Homes built before 1939: 23.8%
- Homes built since 2000: 28.9%
- Median year built: 1982
- Total homes: 1,316

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#15. Huerfano County

- Homes built before 1939: 24.1%
- Homes built since 2000: 10.7%
- Median year built: 1973
- Total homes: 5,296
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#14. Costilla County

- Homes built before 1939: 25.3%
- Homes built since 2000: 14.9%
- Median year built: 1978
- Total homes: 2,661
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#13. Lincoln County

- Homes built before 1939: 25.6%
- Homes built since 2000: 10.2%
- Median year built: 1966
- Total homes: 1,948
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#12. Conejos County

- Homes built before 1939: 26.5%
- Homes built since 2000: 13.7%
- Median year built: 1975
- Total homes: 4,343
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#11. Logan County

- Homes built before 1939: 27.4%
- Homes built since 2000: 6.8%
- Median year built: 1962
- Total homes: 9,027

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#10. Lake County

- Homes built before 1939: 27.5%
- Homes built since 2000: 15.7%
- Median year built: 1973
- Total homes: 4,528
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#9. Phillips County

- Homes built before 1939: 27.7%
- Homes built since 2000: 16.5%
- Median year built: 1966
- Total homes: 2,060
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#8. San Juan County

- Homes built before 1939: 30.1%
- Homes built since 2000: 12.8%
- Median year built: 1977
- Total homes: 751
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#7. Washington County

- Homes built before 1939: 30.2%
- Homes built since 2000: 6.8%
- Median year built: 1959
- Total homes: 2,396
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#6. Otero County

- Homes built before 1939: 30.9%
- Homes built since 2000: 5.4%
- Median year built: 1961
- Total homes: 8,930

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#5. Sedgwick County

- Homes built before 1939: 31.4%
- Homes built since 2000: 3.7%
- Median year built: 1952
- Total homes: 1,177
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#4. Las Animas County

- Homes built before 1939: 31.7%
- Homes built since 2000: 14.3%
- Median year built: 1971
- Total homes: 8,549
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#3. Crowley County

- Homes built before 1939: 31.7%
- Homes built since 2000: 5.1%
- Median year built: 1963
- Total homes: 1,602
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#2. Bent County

- Homes built before 1939: 32.2%
- Homes built since 2000: 6.5%
- Median year built: 1958
- Total homes: 2,262
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#1. Yuma County

- Homes built before 1939: 34.3%
- Homes built since 2000: 10.0%
- Median year built: 1959
- Total homes: 4,493

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