Counties in Maine with the most pre-war homes

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June 22, 2022
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Counties in Maine 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 Maine 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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#16. York County

- Homes built before 1939: 20.1%
- Homes built since 2000: 19.0%
- Median year built: 1979
- Total homes: 111,067
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#15. Franklin County

- Homes built before 1939: 20.6%
- Homes built since 2000: 16.8%
- Median year built: 1977
- Total homes: 22,265
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#14. Aroostook County

- Homes built before 1939: 21.4%
- Homes built since 2000: 12.0%
- Median year built: 1971
- Total homes: 40,007
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#13. Penobscot County

- Homes built before 1939: 21.7%
- Homes built since 2000: 18.3%
- Median year built: 1976
- Total homes: 76,088
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#12. Waldo County

- Homes built before 1939: 22.1%
- Homes built since 2000: 24.5%
- Median year built: 1983
- Total homes: 22,570

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#11. Hancock County

- Homes built before 1939: 22.6%
- Homes built since 2000: 20.5%
- Median year built: 1980
- Total homes: 41,461
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#10. Kennebec County

- Homes built before 1939: 22.9%
- Homes built since 2000: 15.9%
- Median year built: 1974
- Total homes: 62,997
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#9. Oxford County

- Homes built before 1939: 23.1%
- Homes built since 2000: 16.7%
- Median year built: 1976
- Total homes: 37,123
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#8. Somerset County

- Homes built before 1939: 23.6%
- Homes built since 2000: 16.0%
- Median year built: 1977
- Total homes: 30,963
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#7. Piscataquis County

- Homes built before 1939: 24.4%
- Homes built since 2000: 15.8%
- Median year built: 1975
- Total homes: 15,508

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#6. Cumberland County

- Homes built before 1939: 24.9%
- Homes built since 2000: 16.8%
- Median year built: 1974
- Total homes: 145,838
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#5. Lincoln County

- Homes built before 1939: 26.9%
- Homes built since 2000: 17.7%
- Median year built: 1978
- Total homes: 24,073
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#4. Sagadahoc County

- Homes built before 1939: 27.0%
- Homes built since 2000: 17.1%
- Median year built: 1976
- Total homes: 18,931
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#3. Washington County

- Homes built before 1939: 28.4%
- Homes built since 2000: 16.9%
- Median year built: 1975
- Total homes: 23,381
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#2. Androscoggin County

- Homes built before 1939: 28.9%
- Homes built since 2000: 13.5%
- Median year built: 1967
- Total homes: 50,053

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#1. Knox County

- Homes built before 1939: 34.9%
- Homes built since 2000: 15.9%
- Median year built: 1971
- Total homes: 24,468

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