Counties in South Carolina with the most pre-war homes

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June 22, 2022
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Counties in South Carolina 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 South Carolina 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. Richland County

- Homes built before 1939: 3.9%
- Homes built since 2000: 29.6%
- Median year built: 1987
- Total homes: 175,052
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#29. Oconee County

- Homes built before 1939: 4.0%
- Homes built since 2000: 26.4%
- Median year built: 1988
- Total homes: 40,774
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#28. Orangeburg County

- Homes built before 1939: 4.4%
- Homes built since 2000: 14.4%
- Median year built: 1981
- Total homes: 42,856
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#27. Aiken County

- Homes built before 1939: 4.4%
- Homes built since 2000: 25.2%
- Median year built: 1986
- Total homes: 77,606
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#26. Anderson County

- Homes built before 1939: 4.4%
- Homes built since 2000: 23.7%
- Median year built: 1985
- Total homes: 89,095

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#25. Jasper County

- Homes built before 1939: 4.8%
- Homes built since 2000: 42.0%
- Median year built: 1996
- Total homes: 12,234
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#24. Pickens County

- Homes built before 1939: 4.9%
- Homes built since 2000: 25.3%
- Median year built: 1988
- Total homes: 54,939
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#23. Barnwell County

- Homes built before 1939: 5.0%
- Homes built since 2000: 16.0%
- Median year built: 1981
- Total homes: 10,581
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#22. McCormick County

- Homes built before 1939: 5.0%
- Homes built since 2000: 22.8%
- Median year built: 1985
- Total homes: 5,669
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#21. Dillon County

- Homes built before 1939: 5.2%
- Homes built since 2000: 13.3%
- Median year built: 1981
- Total homes: 13,808

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#20. Allendale County

- Homes built before 1939: 5.4%
- Homes built since 2000: 11.2%
- Median year built: 1980
- Total homes: 4,500
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#19. Charleston County

- Homes built before 1939: 5.5%
- Homes built since 2000: 29.0%
- Median year built: 1987
- Total homes: 191,521
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#18. Darlington County

- Homes built before 1939: 5.8%
- Homes built since 2000: 14.3%
- Median year built: 1981
- Total homes: 30,895
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#17. Cherokee County

- Homes built before 1939: 6.2%
- Homes built since 2000: 19.7%
- Median year built: 1983
- Total homes: 24,675
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#16. Laurens County

- Homes built before 1939: 6.3%
- Homes built since 2000: 14.3%
- Median year built: 1982
- Total homes: 31,469

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#15. Hampton County

- Homes built before 1939: 6.5%
- Homes built since 2000: 14.6%
- Median year built: 1985
- Total homes: 9,198
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#14. Fairfield County

- Homes built before 1939: 6.5%
- Homes built since 2000: 15.1%
- Median year built: 1982
- Total homes: 11,958
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#13. Lee County

- Homes built before 1939: 6.7%
- Homes built since 2000: 10.8%
- Median year built: 1981
- Total homes: 7,785
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#12. Spartanburg County

- Homes built before 1939: 6.8%
- Homes built since 2000: 26.2%
- Median year built: 1985
- Total homes: 131,725
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#11. Chesterfield County

- Homes built before 1939: 7.2%
- Homes built since 2000: 17.0%
- Median year built: 1983
- Total homes: 21,764

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#10. Bamberg County

- Homes built before 1939: 7.4%
- Homes built since 2000: 15.3%
- Median year built: 1978
- Total homes: 7,715
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#9. Edgefield County

- Homes built before 1939: 8.3%
- Homes built since 2000: 20.7%
- Median year built: 1987
- Total homes: 11,060
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#8. Greenwood County

- Homes built before 1939: 8.3%
- Homes built since 2000: 16.4%
- Median year built: 1977
- Total homes: 31,549
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#7. Saluda County

- Homes built before 1939: 8.4%
- Homes built since 2000: 20.6%
- Median year built: 1988
- Total homes: 9,470
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#6. Abbeville County

- Homes built before 1939: 8.6%
- Homes built since 2000: 15.9%
- Median year built: 1978
- Total homes: 12,211

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#5. Marlboro County

- Homes built before 1939: 9.1%
- Homes built since 2000: 12.4%
- Median year built: 1980
- Total homes: 12,058
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#4. Chester County

- Homes built before 1939: 9.2%
- Homes built since 2000: 10.4%
- Median year built: 1977
- Total homes: 14,772
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#3. Calhoun County

- Homes built before 1939: 10.9%
- Homes built since 2000: 25.5%
- Median year built: 1988
- Total homes: 7,501
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#2. Union County

- Homes built before 1939: 12.1%
- Homes built since 2000: 9.9%
- Median year built: 1974
- Total homes: 14,118
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#1. Newberry County

- Homes built before 1939: 13.3%
- Homes built since 2000: 19.5%
- Median year built: 1981
- Total homes: 18,363

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