Counties in Virginia with the most pre-war homes

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June 22, 2022
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Counties in Virginia 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 Virginia 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. Salem

- Homes built before 1939: 14.2%
- Homes built since 2000: 9.3%
- Median year built: 1969
- Total homes: 10,846
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#29. Prince Edward County

- Homes built before 1939: 14.3%
- Homes built since 2000: 21.9%
- Median year built: 1979
- Total homes: 9,468
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#28. Wythe County

- Homes built before 1939: 14.4%
- Homes built since 2000: 20.7%
- Median year built: 1977
- Total homes: 14,402
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#27. Fredericksburg

- Homes built before 1939: 14.4%
- Homes built since 2000: 32.8%
- Median year built: 1983
- Total homes: 11,887
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#26. Buena Vista

- Homes built before 1939: 14.5%
- Homes built since 2000: 10.8%
- Median year built: 1969
- Total homes: 2,866

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#25. Norfolk

- Homes built before 1939: 15.2%
- Homes built since 2000: 12.5%
- Median year built: 1963
- Total homes: 98,142
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#24. Charlotte County

- Homes built before 1939: 15.4%
- Homes built since 2000: 11.5%
- Median year built: 1974
- Total homes: 6,351
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#23. Alleghany County

- Homes built before 1939: 16.6%
- Homes built since 2000: 8.0%
- Median year built: 1968
- Total homes: 8,036
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#22. Petersburg

- Homes built before 1939: 16.8%
- Homes built since 2000: 12.7%
- Median year built: 1968
- Total homes: 16,346
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#21. Danville

- Homes built before 1939: 16.9%
- Homes built since 2000: 3.9%
- Median year built: 1962
- Total homes: 22,017

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#20. Grayson County

- Homes built before 1939: 17.1%
- Homes built since 2000: 15.0%
- Median year built: 1973
- Total homes: 9,262
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#19. Nottoway County

- Homes built before 1939: 17.3%
- Homes built since 2000: 15.8%
- Median year built: 1973
- Total homes: 6,813
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#18. Lynchburg

- Homes built before 1939: 17.3%
- Homes built since 2000: 16.0%
- Median year built: 1969
- Total homes: 32,533
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#17. Madison County

- Homes built before 1939: 17.6%
- Homes built since 2000: 22.7%
- Median year built: 1980
- Total homes: 6,112
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#16. Craig County

- Homes built before 1939: 18.1%
- Homes built since 2000: 13.9%
- Median year built: 1981
- Total homes: 2,856

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#15. Accomack County

- Homes built before 1939: 18.6%
- Homes built since 2000: 17.9%
- Median year built: 1978
- Total homes: 21,299
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#14. Staunton

- Homes built before 1939: 19.3%
- Homes built since 2000: 14.1%
- Median year built: 1965
- Total homes: 11,847
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#13. Shenandoah County

- Homes built before 1939: 19.4%
- Homes built since 2000: 21.5%
- Median year built: 1979
- Total homes: 21,263
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#12. Northampton County

- Homes built before 1939: 20.0%
- Homes built since 2000: 26.1%
- Median year built: 1981
- Total homes: 7,434
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#11. Clarke County

- Homes built before 1939: 20.2%
- Homes built since 2000: 18.6%
- Median year built: 1978
- Total homes: 6,394

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#10. Winchester

- Homes built before 1939: 20.8%
- Homes built since 2000: 13.0%
- Median year built: 1968
- Total homes: 11,980
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#9. Bath County

- Homes built before 1939: 21.2%
- Homes built since 2000: 13.0%
- Median year built: 1972
- Total homes: 3,336
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#8. Page County

- Homes built before 1939: 22.2%
- Homes built since 2000: 14.6%
- Median year built: 1972
- Total homes: 11,783
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#7. Mathews County

- Homes built before 1939: 22.3%
- Homes built since 2000: 12.1%
- Median year built: 1975
- Total homes: 5,758
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#6. Rappahannock County

- Homes built before 1939: 22.7%
- Homes built since 2000: 17.8%
- Median year built: 1980
- Total homes: 3,994

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#5. Roanoke

- Homes built before 1939: 25.0%
- Homes built since 2000: 6.9%
- Median year built: 1958
- Total homes: 46,991
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#4. Richmond

- Homes built before 1939: 30.5%
- Homes built since 2000: 11.0%
- Median year built: 1978
- Total homes: 100,930
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#3. Covington

- Homes built before 1939: 30.6%
- Homes built since 2000: 2.8%
- Median year built: 1950
- Total homes: 2,987
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#2. Highland County

- Homes built before 1939: 33.6%
- Homes built since 2000: 13.8%
- Median year built: 1970
- Total homes: 1,859
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#1. Lexington

- Homes built before 1939: 37.7%
- Homes built since 2000: 2.1%
- Median year built: 1956
- Total homes: 2,405

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