Counties with the oldest homes in Ohio

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August 27, 2022
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Counties with the oldest homes in Ohio

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can sometimes come with a cost: Many old homes come with asbestos, lead piping, knob-and-tube wiring, and other outdated building styles that can rack up a hefty price tag to modernize.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

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#50. Ottawa County

- Median year homes built: 1972
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 19.9% (5,693 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 14.0% (3,995 homes)
- Total homes built: 28,600
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#49. Lake County

- Median year homes built: 1971
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 10.1% (10,435 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 11.7% (12,117 homes)
- Total homes built: 103,212
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#48. Lorain County

- Median year homes built: 1971
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 16.9% (22,319 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 17.7% (23,387 homes)
- Total homes built: 131,984
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#47. Washington County

- Median year homes built: 1971
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 21.7% (6,139 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 12.1% (3,429 homes)
- Total homes built: 28,247
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#46. Logan County

- Median year homes built: 1971
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 24.0% (5,626 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 13.1% (3,072 homes)
- Total homes built: 23,450

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#45. Hancock County

- Median year homes built: 1971
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 24.7% (8,510 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 14.5% (4,996 homes)
- Total homes built: 34,401
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#44. Guernsey County

- Median year homes built: 1971
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 25.0% (4,831 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 15.4% (2,985 homes)
- Total homes built: 19,341
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#43. Fayette County

- Median year homes built: 1970
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 23.1% (2,957 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 13.4% (1,717 homes)
- Total homes built: 12,809
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#42. Auglaize County

- Median year homes built: 1970
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 26.1% (5,234 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 11.3% (2,253 homes)
- Total homes built: 20,020
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#41. Putnam County

- Median year homes built: 1970
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 27.3% (3,806 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 12.1% (1,692 homes)
- Total homes built: 13,954

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#40. Miami County

- Median year homes built: 1969
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 23.7% (10,542 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 12.9% (5,716 homes)
- Total homes built: 44,394
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#39. Harrison County

- Median year homes built: 1969
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 25.4% (2,057 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 14.0% (1,133 homes)
- Total homes built: 8,092
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#38. Preble County

- Median year homes built: 1969
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 26.2% (4,696 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 10.6% (1,895 homes)
- Total homes built: 17,929
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#37. Tuscarawas County

- Median year homes built: 1969
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 27.2% (10,950 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 14.5% (5,838 homes)
- Total homes built: 40,247
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#36. Monroe County

- Median year homes built: 1969
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 28.7% (2,142 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 14.4% (1,076 homes)
- Total homes built: 7,476

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#35. Fulton County

- Median year homes built: 1969
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 29.0% (5,108 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 13.2% (2,316 homes)
- Total homes built: 17,584
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#34. Muskingum County

- Median year homes built: 1968
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 23.9% (9,075 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 13.3% (5,035 homes)
- Total homes built: 37,950
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#33. Champaign County

- Median year homes built: 1968
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 32.0% (5,385 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 9.1% (1,523 homes)
- Total homes built: 16,824
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#32. Scioto County

- Median year homes built: 1967
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 20.4% (7,036 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 9.1% (3,152 homes)
- Total homes built: 34,568
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#31. Ashland County

- Median year homes built: 1967
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 25.5% (5,700 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 14.0% (3,133 homes)
- Total homes built: 22,361

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#30. Huron County

- Median year homes built: 1967
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 27.4% (6,929 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 11.2% (2,826 homes)
- Total homes built: 25,314
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#29. Paulding County

- Median year homes built: 1966
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 26.2% (2,298 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 11.2% (979 homes)
- Total homes built: 8,764
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#28. Defiance County

- Median year homes built: 1966
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 29.1% (4,884 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 10.7% (1,799 homes)
- Total homes built: 16,805
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#27. Coshocton County

- Median year homes built: 1966
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 29.4% (4,833 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 12.7% (2,086 homes)
- Total homes built: 16,441
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#26. Hardin County

- Median year homes built: 1966
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 31.0% (4,096 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 10.4% (1,374 homes)
- Total homes built: 13,224

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#25. Stark County

- Median year homes built: 1965
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 21.3% (35,490 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 10.2% (16,959 homes)
- Total homes built: 166,995
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#24. Erie County

- Median year homes built: 1965
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 21.8% (8,246 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 8.2% (3,108 homes)
- Total homes built: 37,877
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#23. Williams County

- Median year homes built: 1965
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 29.7% (4,943 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 10.1% (1,686 homes)
- Total homes built: 16,652
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#22. Montgomery County

- Median year homes built: 1964
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 17.2% (43,835 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 6.9% (17,600 homes)
- Total homes built: 254,931
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#21. Summit County

- Median year homes built: 1964
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 20.0% (49,348 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 10.9% (26,848 homes)
- Total homes built: 246,163

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#20. Allen County

- Median year homes built: 1964
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 24.0% (10,852 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 9.3% (4,189 homes)
- Total homes built: 45,126
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#19. Wyandot County

- Median year homes built: 1964
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 30.7% (3,057 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 10.0% (995 homes)
- Total homes built: 9,963
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#18. Trumbull County

- Median year homes built: 1963
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 18.7% (17,879 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 6.8% (6,485 homes)
- Total homes built: 95,671
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#17. Richland County

- Median year homes built: 1963
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 19.6% (10,625 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 9.4% (5,092 homes)
- Total homes built: 54,149
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#16. Columbiana County

- Median year homes built: 1963
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 27.8% (13,027 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 9.6% (4,495 homes)
- Total homes built: 46,800

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#15. Hamilton County

- Median year homes built: 1961
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 25.0% (95,056 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 7.9% (30,087 homes)
- Total homes built: 380,100
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#14. Lucas County

- Median year homes built: 1961
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 25.3% (51,468 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 8.5% (17,266 homes)
- Total homes built: 203,586
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#13. Clark County

- Median year homes built: 1961
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 25.8% (15,819 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 6.9% (4,244 homes)
- Total homes built: 61,283
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#12. Ashtabula County

- Median year homes built: 1961
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 29.2% (13,487 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 8.8% (4,089 homes)
- Total homes built: 46,224
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#11. Marion County

- Median year homes built: 1961
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 30.6% (8,523 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 8.9% (2,476 homes)
- Total homes built: 27,878

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#10. Mahoning County

- Median year homes built: 1960
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 19.8% (22,029 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 7.4% (8,202 homes)
- Total homes built: 111,292
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#9. Crawford County

- Median year homes built: 1960
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 29.3% (5,871 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 7.5% (1,492 homes)
- Total homes built: 20,019
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#8. Darke County

- Median year homes built: 1960
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 32.9% (7,565 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 7.8% (1,791 homes)
- Total homes built: 22,975
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#7. Henry County

- Median year homes built: 1960
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 33.6% (4,081 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 8.5% (1,027 homes)
- Total homes built: 12,130
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#6. Jefferson County

- Median year homes built: 1959
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 22.8% (7,397 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 5.6% (1,830 homes)
- Total homes built: 32,448

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#5. Belmont County

- Median year homes built: 1959
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 28.6% (9,202 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 9.3% (2,983 homes)
- Total homes built: 32,202
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#4. Van Wert County

- Median year homes built: 1959
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 29.2% (3,717 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 8.4% (1,064 homes)
- Total homes built: 12,724
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#3. Sandusky County

- Median year homes built: 1959
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 31.4% (8,285 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 7.6% (1,991 homes)
- Total homes built: 26,347
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#2. Seneca County

- Median year homes built: 1958
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 36.1% (8,721 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 7.6% (1,827 homes)
- Total homes built: 24,157
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#1. Cuyahoga County

- Median year homes built: 1956
- Homes built 1939 or earlier: 29.1% (179,921 homes)
- Homes built since 2000: 5.9% (36,266 homes)
- Total homes built: 617,795

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