Historic cities: 10 metros with the oldest houses | Entertainment News
When it comes to home ownership, some buyers prefer cities steeped in history, and given the opportunity, they would choose to restore a historic home to its former glory.
Historic preservation is a way to maintain the unique character of a city and show its history. Although a popular concept in many cities, there are many places where some may feel differently. For example, in Japan, houses are often demolished every 30 years. In America, residents of Austin, Texas are also less likely to find historic homes: the city had the highest percentage of new homes, those built after 2014, in this data set.
For those looking for the charm of historic residences, New Jersey Real Estate Network collected Census Bureau data to determine which metropolitan areas have the most older homes. There are 23,842,900 homes built before 1949 in the United States, representing approximately 17% of all housing units.
Some cities on this list date back to colonial times. Other localities boomed as industry and rail transport developed. But in many small towns, people moved out after the collapse of the steel, mining, textile and railway industries, dramatically reducing demand for new construction.
The data for this ranking comes from the Census Bureau’s 2020 5-year American Community Survey. Subways are ranked by the percentage of the total number of housing units in the area that were built in 1949 or earlier. Displayed percentages are rounded.