Counties in Oklahoma with the most pre-war homes

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June 22, 2022
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Counties in Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma 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. Beaver County

- Homes built before 1939: 12.5%
- Homes built since 2000: 6.0%
- Median year built: 1963
- Total homes: 2,687
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#29. Osage County

- Homes built before 1939: 12.5%
- Homes built since 2000: 22.0%
- Median year built: 1979
- Total homes: 21,921
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#28. Nowata County

- Homes built before 1939: 12.6%
- Homes built since 2000: 18.5%
- Median year built: 1976
- Total homes: 4,889
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#27. Pawnee County

- Homes built before 1939: 13.3%
- Homes built since 2000: 14.0%
- Median year built: 1977
- Total homes: 7,839
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#26. Okmulgee County

- Homes built before 1939: 13.6%
- Homes built since 2000: 16.0%
- Median year built: 1974
- Total homes: 17,854

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#25. Greer County

- Homes built before 1939: 14.4%
- Homes built since 2000: 8.5%
- Median year built: 1966
- Total homes: 2,697
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#24. Blaine County

- Homes built before 1939: 14.5%
- Homes built since 2000: 9.4%
- Median year built: 1971
- Total homes: 5,204
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#23. Seminole County

- Homes built before 1939: 14.7%
- Homes built since 2000: 15.3%
- Median year built: 1975
- Total homes: 11,713
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#22. Craig County

- Homes built before 1939: 14.9%
- Homes built since 2000: 13.1%
- Median year built: 1974
- Total homes: 6,742
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#21. Garfield County

- Homes built before 1939: 15.2%
- Homes built since 2000: 11.5%
- Median year built: 1971
- Total homes: 26,776

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#20. Harmon County

- Homes built before 1939: 15.5%
- Homes built since 2000: 6.2%
- Median year built: 1959
- Total homes: 1,531
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#19. Cotton County

- Homes built before 1939: 16.2%
- Homes built since 2000: 8.5%
- Median year built: 1966
- Total homes: 2,994
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#18. Kingfisher County

- Homes built before 1939: 16.3%
- Homes built since 2000: 18.4%
- Median year built: 1976
- Total homes: 6,557
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#17. Major County

- Homes built before 1939: 16.5%
- Homes built since 2000: 10.6%
- Median year built: 1972
- Total homes: 3,685
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#16. Caddo County

- Homes built before 1939: 16.7%
- Homes built since 2000: 9.7%
- Median year built: 1973
- Total homes: 13,267

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#15. Dewey County

- Homes built before 1939: 17.1%
- Homes built since 2000: 15.4%
- Median year built: 1970
- Total homes: 2,458
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#14. Noble County

- Homes built before 1939: 17.3%
- Homes built since 2000: 14.0%
- Median year built: 1972
- Total homes: 5,346
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#13. Tillman County

- Homes built before 1939: 17.3%
- Homes built since 2000: 6.0%
- Median year built: 1959
- Total homes: 3,993
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#12. Jefferson County

- Homes built before 1939: 17.3%
- Homes built since 2000: 7.4%
- Median year built: 1971
- Total homes: 3,401
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#11. Roger Mills County

- Homes built before 1939: 17.9%
- Homes built since 2000: 11.4%
- Median year built: 1969
- Total homes: 1,906

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#10. Kay County

- Homes built before 1939: 18.7%
- Homes built since 2000: 6.5%
- Median year built: 1963
- Total homes: 21,455
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#9. Harper County

- Homes built before 1939: 20.2%
- Homes built since 2000: 6.8%
- Median year built: 1963
- Total homes: 1,885
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#8. Hughes County

- Homes built before 1939: 21.1%
- Homes built since 2000: 10.7%
- Median year built: 1972
- Total homes: 6,263
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#7. Washita County

- Homes built before 1939: 21.3%
- Homes built since 2000: 9.4%
- Median year built: 1960
- Total homes: 5,412
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#6. Woods County

- Homes built before 1939: 22.5%
- Homes built since 2000: 7.6%
- Median year built: 1961
- Total homes: 4,408

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#5. Ellis County

- Homes built before 1939: 24.1%
- Homes built since 2000: 8.5%
- Median year built: 1962
- Total homes: 2,267
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#4. Cimarron County

- Homes built before 1939: 24.4%
- Homes built since 2000: 4.6%
- Median year built: 1958
- Total homes: 1,579
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#3. Grant County

- Homes built before 1939: 26.1%
- Homes built since 2000: 7.6%
- Median year built: 1962
- Total homes: 2,473
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#2. Kiowa County

- Homes built before 1939: 26.7%
- Homes built since 2000: 4.4%
- Median year built: 1959
- Total homes: 5,122
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#1. Alfalfa County

- Homes built before 1939: 30.5%
- Homes built since 2000: 8.7%
- Median year built: 1959
- Total homes: 2,728

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