Counties with the oldest homes in Nevada

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September 12, 2021
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Counties with the oldest homes in Nevada

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history can sometimes come with a cost: Many old homes come with asbestos, lead piping, knob-and-tube wiring, and other outdated building styles that can rack up a hefty price tag to modernize.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 Nevada with the oldest homes using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by median year the structure was built, with ties broken by the most homes 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 Nevada have the oldest homes.

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#17. Clark County

- Median year homes built: 1996
--- #3,168 oldest among all counties nationwide
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 0.4%
--- #3,208 most among all counties nationwide
- Number of homes: 899,870

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#16. Lyon County

- Median year homes built: 1995
--- #3,146 oldest among all counties nationwide
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 1.7%
--- #3,054 most among all counties nationwide
- Number of homes: 23,420

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#15. Nye County

- Median year homes built: 1995
--- #3,137 oldest among all counties nationwide
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 2.6%
--- #2,946 most among all counties nationwide
- Number of homes: 22,404

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#14. Storey County

- Median year homes built: 1991
--- #2,974 oldest among all counties nationwide
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 12.2%
--- #1,472 most among all counties nationwide
- Number of homes: 1,973

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#13. Douglas County

- Median year homes built: 1989
--- #2,913 oldest among all counties nationwide
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 1.7%
--- #3,055 most among all counties nationwide
- Number of homes: 24,399

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#12. Washoe County

- Median year homes built: 1988
--- #2,846 oldest among all counties nationwide
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 2.2%
--- #2,999 most among all counties nationwide
- Number of homes: 197,371

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#11. Elko County

- Median year homes built: 1988
--- #2,809 oldest among all counties nationwide
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 5.9%
--- #2,302 most among all counties nationwide
- Number of homes: 21,579

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#10. Churchill County

- Median year homes built: 1987
--- #2,772 oldest among all counties nationwide
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 3.8%
--- #2,719 most among all counties nationwide
- Number of homes: 10,947

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#9. Humboldt County

- Median year homes built: 1986
--- #2,664 oldest among all counties nationwide
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 5.4%
--- #2,401 most among all counties nationwide
- Number of homes: 7,552

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#8. Lander County

- Median year homes built: 1985
--- #2,554 oldest among all counties nationwide
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 7.2%
--- #2,067 most among all counties nationwide
- Number of homes: 2,657

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#7. Pershing County

- Median year homes built: 1983
--- #2,302 oldest among all counties nationwide
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 9.7%
--- #1,716 most among all counties nationwide
- Number of homes: 2,494

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#6. Eureka County

- Median year homes built: 1983
--- #2,290 oldest among all counties nationwide
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 12.1%
--- #1,483 most among all counties nationwide
- Number of homes: 1,226

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#5. Carson City

- Median year homes built: 1982
--- #2,275 oldest among all counties nationwide
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 1.1%
--- #3,128 most among all counties nationwide
- Number of homes: 23,974

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#4. Esmeralda County

- Median year homes built: 1976
--- #1,438 oldest among all counties nationwide
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 11.3%
--- #1,554 most among all counties nationwide
- Number of homes: 950

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#3. Lincoln County

- Median year homes built: 1976
--- #1,416 oldest among all counties nationwide
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 13.6%
--- #1,362 most among all counties nationwide
- Number of homes: 2,637

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#2. White Pine County

- Median year homes built: 1976
--- #1,374 oldest among all counties nationwide
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 22.7%
--- #769 most among all counties nationwide
- Number of homes: 4,524

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#1. Mineral County

- Median year homes built: 1974
--- #1,239 oldest among all counties nationwide
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 3.6%
--- #2,752 most among all counties nationwide
- Number of homes: 2,916

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