Counties in South Dakota with the most pre-war homes

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June 22, 2022
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Counties in South 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 South 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. Beadle County

- Homes built before 1939: 24.6%
- Homes built since 2000: 11.5%
- Median year built: 1965
- Total homes: 8,544
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#29. Walworth County

- Homes built before 1939: 25.3%
- Homes built since 2000: 12.4%
- Median year built: 1966
- Total homes: 3,074
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#28. Grant County

- Homes built before 1939: 25.5%
- Homes built since 2000: 11.4%
- Median year built: 1969
- Total homes: 3,603
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#27. Tripp County

- Homes built before 1939: 26.1%
- Homes built since 2000: 10.0%
- Median year built: 1970
- Total homes: 3,105
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#26. Hamlin County

- Homes built before 1939: 26.3%
- Homes built since 2000: 23.4%
- Median year built: 1973
- Total homes: 2,920

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#25. Deuel County

- Homes built before 1939: 27.0%
- Homes built since 2000: 14.2%
- Median year built: 1966
- Total homes: 2,212
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#24. Edmunds County

- Homes built before 1939: 27.7%
- Homes built since 2000: 11.2%
- Median year built: 1965
- Total homes: 2,057
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#23. Hand County

- Homes built before 1939: 27.9%
- Homes built since 2000: 8.4%
- Median year built: 1960
- Total homes: 1,795
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#22. Davison County

- Homes built before 1939: 28.0%
- Homes built since 2000: 16.4%
- Median year built: 1971
- Total homes: 9,550
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#21. Perkins County

- Homes built before 1939: 28.6%
- Homes built since 2000: 9.3%
- Median year built: 1958
- Total homes: 1,789

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#20. Charles Mix County

- Homes built before 1939: 30.3%
- Homes built since 2000: 12.0%
- Median year built: 1966
- Total homes: 3,912
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#19. Moody County

- Homes built before 1939: 32.3%
- Homes built since 2000: 14.7%
- Median year built: 1964
- Total homes: 2,895
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#18. Day County

- Homes built before 1939: 32.5%
- Homes built since 2000: 15.2%
- Median year built: 1963
- Total homes: 3,808
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#17. McPherson County

- Homes built before 1939: 32.6%
- Homes built since 2000: 7.7%
- Median year built: 1956
- Total homes: 1,412
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#16. McCook County

- Homes built before 1939: 32.9%
- Homes built since 2000: 15.7%
- Median year built: 1966
- Total homes: 2,539

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#15. Hutchinson County

- Homes built before 1939: 33.2%
- Homes built since 2000: 7.9%
- Median year built: 1958
- Total homes: 3,399
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#14. Faulk County

- Homes built before 1939: 34.3%
- Homes built since 2000: 17.7%
- Median year built: 1963
- Total homes: 1,235
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#13. Spink County

- Homes built before 1939: 36.3%
- Homes built since 2000: 13.4%
- Median year built: 1959
- Total homes: 3,263
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#12. Campbell County

- Homes built before 1939: 37.2%
- Homes built since 2000: 7.3%
- Median year built: 1953
- Total homes: 1,015
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#11. Kingsbury County

- Homes built before 1939: 37.6%
- Homes built since 2000: 16.5%
- Median year built: 1959
- Total homes: 2,798

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#10. Gregory County

- Homes built before 1939: 40.3%
- Homes built since 2000: 11.5%
- Median year built: 1953
- Total homes: 2,555
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#9. Bon Homme County

- Homes built before 1939: 40.3%
- Homes built since 2000: 7.7%
- Median year built: 1954
- Total homes: 2,969
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#8. Clark County

- Homes built before 1939: 40.6%
- Homes built since 2000: 11.0%
- Median year built: 1953
- Total homes: 1,838
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#7. Turner County

- Homes built before 1939: 40.8%
- Homes built since 2000: 12.9%
- Median year built: 1956
- Total homes: 4,043
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#6. Sanborn County

- Homes built before 1939: 40.8%
- Homes built since 2000: 13.5%
- Median year built: 1955
- Total homes: 1,198

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#5. Douglas County

- Homes built before 1939: 41.4%
- Homes built since 2000: 13.0%
- Median year built: 1953
- Total homes: 1,467
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#4. Jerauld County

- Homes built before 1939: 42.2%
- Homes built since 2000: 14.5%
- Median year built: 1953
- Total homes: 1,148
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#3. Hanson County

- Homes built before 1939: 44.2%
- Homes built since 2000: 15.9%
- Median year built: 1952
- Total homes: 1,210
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#2. Aurora County

- Homes built before 1939: 44.6%
- Homes built since 2000: 17.3%
- Median year built: 1955
- Total homes: 1,307
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#1. Miner County

- Homes built before 1939: 48.5%
- Homes built since 2000: 12.6%
- Median year built: 1945
- Total homes: 1,366

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