Counties in North Dakota with the most pre-war homes

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June 22, 2022
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Counties in North Dakota 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 North Dakota 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. Benson County

- Homes built before 1939: 19.8%
- Homes built since 2000: 9.1%
- Median year built: 1970
- Total homes: 3,074
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#29. Logan County

- Homes built before 1939: 19.9%
- Homes built since 2000: 6.7%
- Median year built: 1964
- Total homes: 1,141
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#28. Dickey County

- Homes built before 1939: 19.9%
- Homes built since 2000: 10.2%
- Median year built: 1966
- Total homes: 2,641
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#27. McIntosh County

- Homes built before 1939: 20.2%
- Homes built since 2000: 7.7%
- Median year built: 1959
- Total homes: 1,833
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#26. Bowman County

- Homes built before 1939: 20.6%
- Homes built since 2000: 12.6%
- Median year built: 1969
- Total homes: 1,779

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#25. Richland County

- Homes built before 1939: 20.7%
- Homes built since 2000: 12.3%
- Median year built: 1972
- Total homes: 7,761
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#24. Adams County

- Homes built before 1939: 20.7%
- Homes built since 2000: 9.0%
- Median year built: 1966
- Total homes: 1,443
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#23. Walsh County

- Homes built before 1939: 21.8%
- Homes built since 2000: 6.9%
- Median year built: 1967
- Total homes: 5,571
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#22. Wells County

- Homes built before 1939: 22.1%
- Homes built since 2000: 9.2%
- Median year built: 1965
- Total homes: 2,517
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#21. Eddy County

- Homes built before 1939: 23.6%
- Homes built since 2000: 7.8%
- Median year built: 1964
- Total homes: 1,283

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#20. Emmons County

- Homes built before 1939: 23.9%
- Homes built since 2000: 9.4%
- Median year built: 1961
- Total homes: 2,153
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#19. Pierce County

- Homes built before 1939: 23.9%
- Homes built since 2000: 7.5%
- Median year built: 1968
- Total homes: 2,212
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#18. Renville County

- Homes built before 1939: 24.0%
- Homes built since 2000: 14.6%
- Median year built: 1969
- Total homes: 1,373
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#17. Nelson County

- Homes built before 1939: 24.3%
- Homes built since 2000: 4.8%
- Median year built: 1963
- Total homes: 1,946
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#16. Sargent County

- Homes built before 1939: 24.5%
- Homes built since 2000: 16.1%
- Median year built: 1973
- Total homes: 2,154

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#15. LaMoure County

- Homes built before 1939: 25.5%
- Homes built since 2000: 10.9%
- Median year built: 1967
- Total homes: 2,280
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#14. Grant County

- Homes built before 1939: 25.7%
- Homes built since 2000: 8.9%
- Median year built: 1963
- Total homes: 1,715
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#13. Sheridan County

- Homes built before 1939: 27.5%
- Homes built since 2000: 10.0%
- Median year built: 1966
- Total homes: 887
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#12. McHenry County

- Homes built before 1939: 27.9%
- Homes built since 2000: 12.2%
- Median year built: 1961
- Total homes: 3,163
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#11. Steele County

- Homes built before 1939: 29.8%
- Homes built since 2000: 12.1%
- Median year built: 1969
- Total homes: 1,180

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#10. Barnes County

- Homes built before 1939: 29.9%
- Homes built since 2000: 11.1%
- Median year built: 1966
- Total homes: 5,982
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#9. Divide County

- Homes built before 1939: 30.1%
- Homes built since 2000: 16.3%
- Median year built: 1962
- Total homes: 1,567
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#8. Hettinger County

- Homes built before 1939: 30.3%
- Homes built since 2000: 7.4%
- Median year built: 1957
- Total homes: 1,480
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#7. Towner County

- Homes built before 1939: 30.9%
- Homes built since 2000: 2.0%
- Median year built: 1962
- Total homes: 1,488
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#6. Traill County

- Homes built before 1939: 31.5%
- Homes built since 2000: 8.1%
- Median year built: 1963
- Total homes: 3,850

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#5. Ransom County

- Homes built before 1939: 32.2%
- Homes built since 2000: 11.1%
- Median year built: 1961
- Total homes: 2,690
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#4. Griggs County

- Homes built before 1939: 33.0%
- Homes built since 2000: 6.3%
- Median year built: 1960
- Total homes: 1,486
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#3. Burke County

- Homes built before 1939: 33.6%
- Homes built since 2000: 11.1%
- Median year built: 1962
- Total homes: 1,408
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#2. Slope County

- Homes built before 1939: 34.3%
- Homes built since 2000: 15.1%
- Median year built: 1958
- Total homes: 464
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#1. Golden Valley County

- Homes built before 1939: 36.1%
- Homes built since 2000: 6.0%
- Median year built: 1958
- Total homes: 1,039

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