Counties with the oldest homes in Idaho

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August 27, 2022
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Counties with the oldest homes in Idaho

There's an undeniable charm that comes with pre-World War II American architecture, characterized by high ceilings, crown molding, hardwood floors, and ornate details. In fact, 12.8% of all housing units in America were built in 1939 or before, showing the popularity of the preservation of these units. Owning a piece of history can sometimes come with a cost: Many old homes come with asbestos, lead piping, knob-and-tube wiring, and other outdated building styles that can rack up a hefty price tag to modernize. However, with more and more modernized pre-war homes on the market, generally located just outside bustling downtown metros, investing in property that has withstood the test of time is an attractive prospect.

Stacker compiled a list of the counties in Idaho with the oldest homes using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by median year the structure was built according to 2020 5-year estimates. Ties broken by the highest percentage of homes built before 1939.

The country's domestic architecture is perhaps best characterized by a rugged individualism as opposed to the hybridization of disparate architectural elements. As Maya Angelou once perceptively observed, "the ache for home lives in all of us," a phrase that has meant very different things to different people.

Modest or palatial, there is no shortage of noteworthy homes in the U.S. Log cabins constructed by industrious pioneers have dotted the landscape alongside traditional Native American dwellings ever since immigrant Swedes introduced them to the New World in 1638. The unprecedented personal fortunes amassed by the so-called "Robber Barons" at the close of the 19th century gave way to the construction of a staggering number of Gilded Age estates.

The ravages of time spared neither the sumptuous nor the humble. Stately mansions, often prohibitively costly to maintain in the modern era, were frequently neglected; simple structures were forgotten, discarded by their owners, and damaged by natural elements. However, the tireless efforts of architectural preservationists and local historical societies have saved many of these homes from demolition, leading to their inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places and thereby safeguarding them for future generations.

Keep reading to learn more about which counties in Idaho have the oldest homes.

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#44. Teton County

- Median year homes built: 2000
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 2.8% (169 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 49.8% (2,982 homes)
- Total homes built: 5,982
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#43. Madison County

- Median year homes built: 2000
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 3.9% (572 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 49.5% (7,265 homes)
- Total homes built: 14,680
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#42. Ada County

- Median year homes built: 1994
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 4.1% (7,711 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 36.9% (68,957 homes)
- Total homes built: 187,116
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#41. Canyon County

- Median year homes built: 1994
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 6.4% (4,985 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 37.9% (29,669 homes)
- Total homes built: 78,323
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#40. Kootenai County

- Median year homes built: 1993
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 6.0% (4,347 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 35.6% (25,916 homes)
- Total homes built: 72,799

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#39. Valley County

- Median year homes built: 1991
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 3.1% (384 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 31.0% (3,888 homes)
- Total homes built: 12,541
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#38. Boise County

- Median year homes built: 1990
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 1.9% (108 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 20.1% (1,127 homes)
- Total homes built: 5,617
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#37. Camas County

- Median year homes built: 1990
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 14.2% (121 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 30.0% (256 homes)
- Total homes built: 852
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#36. Boundary County

- Median year homes built: 1989
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 7.6% (420 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 24.6% (1,361 homes)
- Total homes built: 5,528
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#35. Bonner County

- Median year homes built: 1988
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 8.9% (2,240 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 29.9% (7,551 homes)
- Total homes built: 25,258

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#34. Blaine County

- Median year homes built: 1987
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 2.9% (443 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 22.0% (3,415 homes)
- Total homes built: 15,523
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#33. Adams County

- Median year homes built: 1986
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 4.4% (117 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 22.6% (607 homes)
- Total homes built: 2,687
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#32. Elmore County

- Median year homes built: 1986
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 5.6% (708 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 27.6% (3,462 homes)
- Total homes built: 12,532
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#31. Jefferson County

- Median year homes built: 1985
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 11.6% (1,108 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 33.8% (3,244 homes)
- Total homes built: 9,586
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#30. Custer County

- Median year homes built: 1983
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 8.1% (263 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 17.3% (564 homes)
- Total homes built: 3,252

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#29. Bonneville County

- Median year homes built: 1982
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 7.3% (3,188 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 28.3% (12,360 homes)
- Total homes built: 43,734
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#28. Idaho County

- Median year homes built: 1981
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 11.5% (1,011 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 20.1% (1,764 homes)
- Total homes built: 8,769
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#27. Owyhee County

- Median year homes built: 1980
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 9.0% (444 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 22.1% (1,093 homes)
- Total homes built: 4,956
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#26. Fremont County

- Median year homes built: 1980
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 9.2% (837 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 25.2% (2,288 homes)
- Total homes built: 9,089
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#25. Clark County

- Median year homes built: 1980
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 16.8% (94 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 16.6% (93 homes)
- Total homes built: 561

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#24. Lemhi County

- Median year homes built: 1979
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 10.4% (509 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 19.8% (973 homes)
- Total homes built: 4,910
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#23. Jerome County

- Median year homes built: 1979
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 12.0% (1,029 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 21.4% (1,840 homes)
- Total homes built: 8,590
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#22. Twin Falls County

- Median year homes built: 1978
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 13.6% (4,608 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 26.8% (9,043 homes)
- Total homes built: 33,785
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#21. Gem County

- Median year homes built: 1978
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 13.8% (1,029 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 22.7% (1,685 homes)
- Total homes built: 7,438
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#20. Latah County

- Median year homes built: 1978
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 14.7% (2,518 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 19.7% (3,367 homes)
- Total homes built: 17,132

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#19. Gooding County

- Median year homes built: 1977
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 10.6% (664 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 15.7% (982 homes)
- Total homes built: 6,248
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#18. Bingham County

- Median year homes built: 1976
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 12.8% (2,166 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 18.1% (3,066 homes)
- Total homes built: 16,895
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#17. Benewah County

- Median year homes built: 1976
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 14.7% (698 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 14.8% (701 homes)
- Total homes built: 4,750
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#16. Payette County

- Median year homes built: 1976
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 14.9% (1,420 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 16.7% (1,595 homes)
- Total homes built: 9,525
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#15. Washington County

- Median year homes built: 1976
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 16.2% (758 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 16.6% (775 homes)
- Total homes built: 4,670

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#14. Lincoln County

- Median year homes built: 1976
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 17.6% (355 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 19.3% (388 homes)
- Total homes built: 2,015
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#13. Bannock County

- Median year homes built: 1975
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 11.4% (3,948 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 17.5% (6,035 homes)
- Total homes built: 34,550
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#12. Caribou County

- Median year homes built: 1975
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 14.8% (490 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 14.2% (471 homes)
- Total homes built: 3,317
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#11. Power County

- Median year homes built: 1974
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 14.6% (443 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 9.8% (296 homes)
- Total homes built: 3,031
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#10. Cassia County

- Median year homes built: 1974
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 15.9% (1,408 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 16.4% (1,449 homes)
- Total homes built: 8,838

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#9. Franklin County

- Median year homes built: 1974
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 22.1% (1,080 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 23.8% (1,165 homes)
- Total homes built: 4,890
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#8. Bear Lake County

- Median year homes built: 1973
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 25.9% (1,077 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 20.0% (832 homes)
- Total homes built: 4,155
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#7. Minidoka County

- Median year homes built: 1972
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 14.8% (1,230 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 12.2% (1,017 homes)
- Total homes built: 8,333
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#6. Nez Perce County

- Median year homes built: 1972
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 15.4% (2,751 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 12.1% (2,160 homes)
- Total homes built: 17,920
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#5. Butte County

- Median year homes built: 1971
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 11.5% (148 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 10.4% (134 homes)
- Total homes built: 1,292

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#4. Clearwater County

- Median year homes built: 1971
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 11.9% (552 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 10.6% (493 homes)
- Total homes built: 4,635
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#3. Oneida County

- Median year homes built: 1970
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 30.8% (617 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 19.0% (381 homes)
- Total homes built: 2,006
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#2. Lewis County

- Median year homes built: 1968
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 26.8% (523 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 4.6% (89 homes)
- Total homes built: 1,955
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#1. Shoshone County

- Median year homes built: 1957
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 29.4% (2,102 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 6.6% (472 homes)
- Total homes built: 7,146

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