Counties in Mississippi with the most pre-war homes

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June 22, 2022
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Counties in Mississippi 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 Mississippi 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. Jasper County

- Homes built before 1939: 5.7%
- Homes built since 2000: 20.7%
- Median year built: 1987
- Total homes: 8,423
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#29. Calhoun County

- Homes built before 1939: 5.9%
- Homes built since 2000: 13.4%
- Median year built: 1978
- Total homes: 7,015
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#28. Covington County

- Homes built before 1939: 6.0%
- Homes built since 2000: 19.4%
- Median year built: 1986
- Total homes: 8,709
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#27. Marion County

- Homes built before 1939: 6.1%
- Homes built since 2000: 15.4%
- Median year built: 1979
- Total homes: 12,102
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#26. Greene County

- Homes built before 1939: 6.1%
- Homes built since 2000: 20.6%
- Median year built: 1982
- Total homes: 5,225

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#25. Bolivar County

- Homes built before 1939: 6.1%
- Homes built since 2000: 12.2%
- Median year built: 1975
- Total homes: 14,377
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#24. Humphreys County

- Homes built before 1939: 6.3%
- Homes built since 2000: 14.0%
- Median year built: 1979
- Total homes: 3,816
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#23. Noxubee County

- Homes built before 1939: 6.3%
- Homes built since 2000: 18.0%
- Median year built: 1979
- Total homes: 5,294
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#22. Leflore County

- Homes built before 1939: 6.3%
- Homes built since 2000: 11.2%
- Median year built: 1976
- Total homes: 13,092
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#21. Issaquena County

- Homes built before 1939: 6.3%
- Homes built since 2000: 7.2%
- Median year built: 1978
- Total homes: 553

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#20. Newton County

- Homes built before 1939: 6.4%
- Homes built since 2000: 24.0%
- Median year built: 1983
- Total homes: 9,547
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#19. Forrest County

- Homes built before 1939: 6.5%
- Homes built since 2000: 23.1%
- Median year built: 1980
- Total homes: 33,091
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#18. Pike County

- Homes built before 1939: 6.6%
- Homes built since 2000: 20.4%
- Median year built: 1979
- Total homes: 18,736
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#17. Coahoma County

- Homes built before 1939: 6.7%
- Homes built since 2000: 7.4%
- Median year built: 1972
- Total homes: 10,699
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#16. Lincoln County

- Homes built before 1939: 6.8%
- Homes built since 2000: 19.2%
- Median year built: 1982
- Total homes: 15,662

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#15. Webster County

- Homes built before 1939: 6.9%
- Homes built since 2000: 18.8%
- Median year built: 1978
- Total homes: 4,867
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#14. Warren County

- Homes built before 1939: 7.0%
- Homes built since 2000: 13.6%
- Median year built: 1976
- Total homes: 22,086
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#13. Yazoo County

- Homes built before 1939: 7.2%
- Homes built since 2000: 15.3%
- Median year built: 1977
- Total homes: 10,128
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#12. Lauderdale County

- Homes built before 1939: 7.6%
- Homes built since 2000: 17.7%
- Median year built: 1978
- Total homes: 35,337
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#11. Tippah County

- Homes built before 1939: 7.7%
- Homes built since 2000: 18.2%
- Median year built: 1983
- Total homes: 9,916

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#10. Carroll County

- Homes built before 1939: 7.7%
- Homes built since 2000: 17.6%
- Median year built: 1982
- Total homes: 5,192
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#9. Jones County

- Homes built before 1939: 7.8%
- Homes built since 2000: 19.9%
- Median year built: 1980
- Total homes: 29,190
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#8. Attala County

- Homes built before 1939: 8.1%
- Homes built since 2000: 17.1%
- Median year built: 1980
- Total homes: 9,278
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#7. Pontotoc County

- Homes built before 1939: 8.2%
- Homes built since 2000: 22.2%
- Median year built: 1984
- Total homes: 12,991
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#6. Copiah County

- Homes built before 1939: 8.2%
- Homes built since 2000: 19.8%
- Median year built: 1982
- Total homes: 12,363

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#5. Yalobusha County

- Homes built before 1939: 9.1%
- Homes built since 2000: 17.4%
- Median year built: 1981
- Total homes: 6,550
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#4. Adams County

- Homes built before 1939: 9.4%
- Homes built since 2000: 9.2%
- Median year built: 1970
- Total homes: 14,719
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#3. Union County

- Homes built before 1939: 9.5%
- Homes built since 2000: 19.4%
- Median year built: 1981
- Total homes: 12,017
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#2. Montgomery County

- Homes built before 1939: 10.5%
- Homes built since 2000: 11.3%
- Median year built: 1978
- Total homes: 5,777
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#1. Kemper County

- Homes built before 1939: 12.3%
- Homes built since 2000: 7.6%
- Median year built: 1974
- Total homes: 4,770

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