Counties with the oldest homes in Nebraska

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August 27, 2022
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Counties with the oldest homes in Nebraska

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history can sometimes come with a cost: Many old homes come with asbestos, lead piping, knob-and-tube wiring, and other outdated building styles that can rack up a hefty price tag to modernize.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 Nebraska 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 Nebraska have the oldest homes.

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#50. Thomas County

- Median year homes built: 1964
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 30.1% (116 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 10.6% (41 homes)
- Total homes built: 386
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#49. Knox County

- Median year homes built: 1964
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 33.4% (1,649 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 12.3% (606 homes)
- Total homes built: 4,937
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#48. Polk County

- Median year homes built: 1964
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 34.1% (930 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 11.0% (300 homes)
- Total homes built: 2,728
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#47. Saline County

- Median year homes built: 1963
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 32.7% (1,924 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 13.1% (768 homes)
- Total homes built: 5,878
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#46. Gage County

- Median year homes built: 1962
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 32.4% (3,395 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 10.3% (1,078 homes)
- Total homes built: 10,465

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#45. York County

- Median year homes built: 1959
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 33.2% (2,107 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 7.1% (449 homes)
- Total homes built: 6,354
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#44. Keya Paha County

- Median year homes built: 1959
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 38.3% (204 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 11.8% (63 homes)
- Total homes built: 533
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#43. Antelope County

- Median year homes built: 1958
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 34.6% (1,156 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 8.2% (273 homes)
- Total homes built: 3,339
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#42. Cheyenne County

- Median year homes built: 1957
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 24.8% (1,242 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 11.9% (598 homes)
- Total homes built: 5,011
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#41. Banner County

- Median year homes built: 1957
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 25.8% (99 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 6.3% (24 homes)
- Total homes built: 384

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#40. Red Willow County

- Median year homes built: 1957
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 31.8% (1,694 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 6.2% (329 homes)
- Total homes built: 5,320
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#39. Pierce County

- Median year homes built: 1957
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 32.5% (1,064 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 9.1% (297 homes)
- Total homes built: 3,278
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#38. Morrill County

- Median year homes built: 1957
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 34.5% (841 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 4.9% (120 homes)
- Total homes built: 2,439
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#37. Cuming County

- Median year homes built: 1957
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 34.8% (1,483 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 8.0% (339 homes)
- Total homes built: 4,258
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#36. Dundy County

- Median year homes built: 1957
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 35.4% (389 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 5.8% (64 homes)
- Total homes built: 1,098

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#35. Frontier County

- Median year homes built: 1957
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 37.0% (581 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 7.4% (116 homes)
- Total homes built: 1,569
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#34. McPherson County

- Median year homes built: 1956
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 23.1% (58 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 15.9% (40 homes)
- Total homes built: 251
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#33. Garfield County

- Median year homes built: 1956
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 38.3% (456 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 11.3% (135 homes)
- Total homes built: 1,192
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#32. Perkins County

- Median year homes built: 1955
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 29.9% (433 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 7.0% (102 homes)
- Total homes built: 1,448
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#31. Kimball County

- Median year homes built: 1955
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 30.4% (590 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 4.7% (91 homes)
- Total homes built: 1,943

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#30. Hitchcock County

- Median year homes built: 1955
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 35.7% (621 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 3.3% (57 homes)
- Total homes built: 1,741
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#29. Cedar County

- Median year homes built: 1955
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 38.2% (1,595 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 10.0% (419 homes)
- Total homes built: 4,173
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#28. Boyd County

- Median year homes built: 1955
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 40.7% (555 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 5.9% (81 homes)
- Total homes built: 1,364
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#27. Blaine County

- Median year homes built: 1954
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 36.0% (127 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 9.6% (34 homes)
- Total homes built: 353
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#26. Dawes County

- Median year homes built: 1954
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 38.1% (1,615 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 9.2% (388 homes)
- Total homes built: 4,239

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#25. Dixon County

- Median year homes built: 1954
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 39.8% (1,080 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 6.6% (180 homes)
- Total homes built: 2,711
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#24. Burt County

- Median year homes built: 1953
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 41.1% (1,426 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 11.1% (385 homes)
- Total homes built: 3,469
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#23. Garden County

- Median year homes built: 1952
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 35.3% (444 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 11.0% (138 homes)
- Total homes built: 1,258
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#22. Clay County

- Median year homes built: 1952
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 39.8% (1,198 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 5.1% (152 homes)
- Total homes built: 3,007
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#21. Custer County

- Median year homes built: 1952
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 41.0% (2,323 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 8.6% (485 homes)
- Total homes built: 5,666

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#20. Sherman County

- Median year homes built: 1952
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 41.5% (808 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 9.6% (186 homes)
- Total homes built: 1,947
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#19. Thayer County

- Median year homes built: 1952
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 41.6% (1,148 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 5.9% (164 homes)
- Total homes built: 2,757
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#18. Fillmore County

- Median year homes built: 1952
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 43.0% (1,261 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 5.5% (161 homes)
- Total homes built: 2,933
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#17. Johnson County

- Median year homes built: 1952
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 44.9% (980 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 9.3% (204 homes)
- Total homes built: 2,182
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#16. Sheridan County

- Median year homes built: 1951
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 40.5% (1,182 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 4.3% (126 homes)
- Total homes built: 2,919

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#15. Nuckolls County

- Median year homes built: 1951
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 43.2% (1,061 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 4.0% (99 homes)
- Total homes built: 2,456
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#14. Boone County

- Median year homes built: 1950
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 43.2% (1,138 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 6.3% (166 homes)
- Total homes built: 2,634
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#13. Webster County

- Median year homes built: 1950
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 43.2% (822 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 10.4% (198 homes)
- Total homes built: 1,902
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#12. Nemaha County

- Median year homes built: 1950
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 43.2% (1,512 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 8.7% (304 homes)
- Total homes built: 3,496
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#11. Greeley County

- Median year homes built: 1949
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 45.7% (601 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 9.9% (130 homes)
- Total homes built: 1,315

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#10. Deuel County

- Median year homes built: 1948
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 39.0% (409 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 3.4% (36 homes)
- Total homes built: 1,049
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#9. Valley County

- Median year homes built: 1948
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 42.0% (950 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 10.4% (236 homes)
- Total homes built: 2,260
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#8. Hayes County

- Median year homes built: 1948
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 46.3% (243 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 6.3% (33 homes)
- Total homes built: 525
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#7. Franklin County

- Median year homes built: 1948
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 46.3% (792 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 2.1% (36 homes)
- Total homes built: 1,709
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#6. Nance County

- Median year homes built: 1946
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 44.2% (827 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 7.9% (147 homes)
- Total homes built: 1,870

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#5. Jefferson County

- Median year homes built: 1946
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 45.3% (1,770 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 5.2% (202 homes)
- Total homes built: 3,903
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#4. Furnas County

- Median year homes built: 1945
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 44.6% (1,201 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 5.3% (142 homes)
- Total homes built: 2,690
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#3. Richardson County

- Median year homes built: 1944
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 46.5% (2,049 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 6.7% (297 homes)
- Total homes built: 4,411
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#2. Pawnee County

- Median year homes built: 1940
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 49.9% (815 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 7.7% (125 homes)
- Total homes built: 1,632
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#1. Sioux County

- Median year homes built: before 1939
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 50.9% (413 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 7.9% (64 homes)
- Total homes built: 811

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