Tennessee counties with the most pre-war homes

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Tennessee counties with the most pre-war homes

Pre-war homes – those built before 1939 – are architectural gems. They are robust, charming and often what people refer to when they look at the prevailing colorless, linear designs today and regret “they just do not make them as they used to.”

In some ways, it’s a good thing. Pre-war homes often contained materials that we know are dangerous today, such as asbestos and lead. But their signature features, including hardwood floors, nickel accents, ornate cornices 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 will find in the National Register of Historic Sites, is work that often extends beyond the confines of an individual homeowner. Depending on where these homes are located, special permission may be required from local historic commissions before renovations can be carried out in an attempt to preserve their historic architectural integrity.

Stacker compiled a list of counties in Tennessee with the most pre-war homes using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked according to the highest percentage of homes built before 1939 based on 2020 5-year estimates.

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# 30. Franklin County

– Homes built before 1939: 7.6%
– Homes built since 2000: 18.7%
Median year of construction: 1983
– Total dwellings: 19,508

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# 29. Washington County

– Homes built before 1939: 7.7%
– Homes built since 2000: 24.5%
Median year of construction: 1984
– Total dwellings: 60,778

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# 28. Roane Amt

– Homes built before 1939: 7.8%
– Homes built since 2000: 17.8%
Median year of construction: 1978
– Total dwellings: 25,690

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# 27. Bedford County

– Homes built before 1939: 7.8%
– Homes built since 2000: 25.5%
Median year of construction: 1987
– Total dwellings: 19,345

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# 26. Claiborne County

– Homes built before 1939: 7.8%
– Homes built since 2000: 24.4%
Median year of construction: 1984
– Total dwellings: 15,539

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# 25. Dickson County

– Homes built before 1939: 7.8%
– Homes built since 2000: 22.2%
Median year built: 1986
– Total dwellings: 22,097

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# 24. Gibson County

– Homes built before 1939: 8.0%
– Homes built since 2000: 19.8%
Median year of construction: 1975
– Total dwellings: 22,662

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# 23. Marshall County

– Homes built before 1939: 8.1%
– Homes built since 2000: 23.6%
Median year of construction: 1987
– Total dwellings: 13,775

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# 22. Loudon County

– Homes built before 1939: 8.1%
– Homes built since 2000: 32.1%
Median year built: 1991
– Total dwellings: 23,393

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# 21. Humphreys County

– Homes built before 1939: 8.1%
– Homes built since 2000: 18.0%
Median year of construction: 1979
– Total dwellings: 8,983

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# 20. Hamilton County

– Homes built before 1939: 8.2%
– Homes built since 2000: 21.9%
Median year of construction: 1978
– Total dwellings: 163,605

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# 19. Morgan County

– Homes built before 1939: 8.3%
– Homes built since 2000: 24.5%
Median year of construction: 1984
– Total dwellings: 9,055

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# 18. Overton County

– Homes built before 1939: 8.3%
– Homes built since 2000: 19.3%
Median year of construction: 1980
– Total dwellings: 10,385

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# 17. Lake County

– Homes built before 1939: 8.3%
– Homes built since 2000: 13.5%
Median year of construction: 1976
– Total dwellings: 2,592

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# 16. Jackson County

– Homes built before 1939: 8.4%
– Homes built since 2000: 18.2%
Median year of construction: 1985
– Total dwellings: 5,919

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# 15. Weakley County

– Homes built before 1939: 8.4%
– Homes built since 2000: 17.8%
Median year of construction: 1978
– Total dwellings: 15,613

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# 14. Haywood County

– Homes built before 1939: 8.4%
– Homes built since 2000: 16.5%
Median year of construction: 1977
– Total dwellings: 8,419

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# 13. Obion Amt

– Homes built before 1939: 9.3%
– Homes built since 2000: 12.9%
Median year built: 1974
– Total dwellings: 14,615

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# 12. Henry County

– Homes built before 1939: 9.4%
– Homes built since 2000: 17.1%
Median year of construction: 1982
– Total dwellings: 17,270

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# 11. Crockett County

– Homes built before 1939: 9.5%
– Homes built since 2000: 14.0%
Median year of construction: 1976
– Total dwellings: 6,427

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# 10. Grundy County

– Homes built before 1939: 9.6%
– Homes built since 2000: 21.0%
Median year of construction: 1983
– Total dwellings: 6,467

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# 9. Houston County

– Homes built before 1939: 9.9%
– Homes built since 2000: 17.6%
Median year of construction: 1980
– Total dwellings: 4,238

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# 8. Smith County

– Homes built before 1939: 9.9%
– Homes built since 2000: 17.0%
Median year of construction: 1982
– Total dwellings: 8,838

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# 7. Clay County

– Homes built before 1939: 10.2%
– Homes built since 2000: 21.0%
Median year of construction: 1985
– Total dwellings: 4,367

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# 6. Lincoln County

– Homes built before 1939: 10.6%
– Homes built since 2000: 21.7%
Median year of construction: 1982
– Total dwellings: 15,624

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# 5. Carter County

– Homes built before 1939: 11.1%
– Homes built since 2000: 15.7%
Median year of construction: 1978
– Total dwellings: 28,236

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# 4. Giles County

– Homes built before 1939: 11.2%
– Homes built since 2000: 18.9%
Median year of construction: 1981
– Total dwellings: 14,156

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# 3. Perry County

– Homes built before 1939: 11.7%
– Homes built since 2000: 20.2%
Median year of construction: 1986
– Total dwellings: 4,681

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# 2. Hancock County

– Homes built before 1939: 12.1%
– Homes built since 2000: 19.6%
Median year of construction: 1983
– Total dwellings: 3,609

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# 1. Unicoi Amt

– Homes built before 1939: 13.2%
– Homes built since 2000: 14.1%
Median year of construction: 1976
– Total dwellings: 8,914

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