Counties in Idaho with the most pre-war homes

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June 22, 2022
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Counties in Idaho 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 Idaho 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. Owyhee County

- Homes built before 1939: 9.0%
- Homes built since 2000: 22.1%
- Median year built: 1980
- Total homes: 4,956
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#29. Fremont County

- Homes built before 1939: 9.2%
- Homes built since 2000: 25.2%
- Median year built: 1980
- Total homes: 9,089
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#28. Lemhi County

- Homes built before 1939: 10.4%
- Homes built since 2000: 19.8%
- Median year built: 1979
- Total homes: 4,910
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#27. Gooding County

- Homes built before 1939: 10.6%
- Homes built since 2000: 15.7%
- Median year built: 1977
- Total homes: 6,248
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#26. Bannock County

- Homes built before 1939: 11.4%
- Homes built since 2000: 17.5%
- Median year built: 1975
- Total homes: 34,550

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#25. Butte County

- Homes built before 1939: 11.5%
- Homes built since 2000: 10.4%
- Median year built: 1971
- Total homes: 1,292
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#24. Idaho County

- Homes built before 1939: 11.5%
- Homes built since 2000: 20.1%
- Median year built: 1981
- Total homes: 8,769
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#23. Jefferson County

- Homes built before 1939: 11.6%
- Homes built since 2000: 33.8%
- Median year built: 1985
- Total homes: 9,586
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#22. Clearwater County

- Homes built before 1939: 11.9%
- Homes built since 2000: 10.6%
- Median year built: 1971
- Total homes: 4,635
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#21. Jerome County

- Homes built before 1939: 12.0%
- Homes built since 2000: 21.4%
- Median year built: 1979
- Total homes: 8,590

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#20. Bingham County

- Homes built before 1939: 12.8%
- Homes built since 2000: 18.1%
- Median year built: 1976
- Total homes: 16,895
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#19. Twin Falls County

- Homes built before 1939: 13.6%
- Homes built since 2000: 26.8%
- Median year built: 1978
- Total homes: 33,785
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#18. Gem County

- Homes built before 1939: 13.8%
- Homes built since 2000: 22.7%
- Median year built: 1978
- Total homes: 7,438
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#17. Camas County

- Homes built before 1939: 14.2%
- Homes built since 2000: 30.0%
- Median year built: 1990
- Total homes: 852
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#16. Power County

- Homes built before 1939: 14.6%
- Homes built since 2000: 9.8%
- Median year built: 1974
- Total homes: 3,031

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#15. Benewah County

- Homes built before 1939: 14.7%
- Homes built since 2000: 14.8%
- Median year built: 1976
- Total homes: 4,750
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#14. Latah County

- Homes built before 1939: 14.7%
- Homes built since 2000: 19.7%
- Median year built: 1978
- Total homes: 17,132
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#13. Minidoka County

- Homes built before 1939: 14.8%
- Homes built since 2000: 12.2%
- Median year built: 1972
- Total homes: 8,333
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#12. Caribou County

- Homes built before 1939: 14.8%
- Homes built since 2000: 14.2%
- Median year built: 1975
- Total homes: 3,317
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#11. Payette County

- Homes built before 1939: 14.9%
- Homes built since 2000: 16.7%
- Median year built: 1976
- Total homes: 9,525

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#10. Nez Perce County

- Homes built before 1939: 15.4%
- Homes built since 2000: 12.1%
- Median year built: 1972
- Total homes: 17,920
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#9. Cassia County

- Homes built before 1939: 15.9%
- Homes built since 2000: 16.4%
- Median year built: 1974
- Total homes: 8,838
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#8. Washington County

- Homes built before 1939: 16.2%
- Homes built since 2000: 16.6%
- Median year built: 1976
- Total homes: 4,670
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#7. Clark County

- Homes built before 1939: 16.8%
- Homes built since 2000: 16.6%
- Median year built: 1980
- Total homes: 561
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#6. Lincoln County

- Homes built before 1939: 17.6%
- Homes built since 2000: 19.3%
- Median year built: 1976
- Total homes: 2,015

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#5. Franklin County

- Homes built before 1939: 22.1%
- Homes built since 2000: 23.8%
- Median year built: 1974
- Total homes: 4,890
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#4. Bear Lake County

- Homes built before 1939: 25.9%
- Homes built since 2000: 20.0%
- Median year built: 1973
- Total homes: 4,155
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#3. Lewis County

- Homes built before 1939: 26.8%
- Homes built since 2000: 4.6%
- Median year built: 1968
- Total homes: 1,955
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#2. Shoshone County

- Homes built before 1939: 29.4%
- Homes built since 2000: 6.6%
- Median year built: 1957
- Total homes: 7,146
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#1. Oneida County

- Homes built before 1939: 30.8%
- Homes built since 2000: 19.0%
- Median year built: 1970
- Total homes: 2,006

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