Jamestown is No. 2 in national rankings of old homes

July 22, 2011 Updated Jul 22, 2011 at 7:52 AM EDT

By G. Scott Thomas, Business First

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Jamestown is No. 2 in national rankings of old homes

July 22, 2011 Updated Jul 22, 2011 at 7:52 AM EDT


Some of America's oldest housing stocks can be found in Western New York.

The typical home in the Jamestown-Dunkirk-Fredonia area was built 67 years ago, according to the latest installment of the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey.

That's the second-oldest housing stock in any of the 508 metropolitan and micropolitan areas covered by the survey.

The bureau determined the median year of construction in each market. A median is a midpoint, with half of all homes being built before the designated year, and half after.

The typical house in the Jamestown-Dunkirk-Fredonia area was built in 1944. The only market that predates Jamestown is Pottsville, Pa., a micropolitan area northwest of Philadelphia. Its median year of construction was 1941.

The Buffalo-Niagara Falls area, which consists of Erie and Niagara counties, is 10th in the age rankings. The typical home in the Buffalo metro was built in 1953, which was 58 years ago.

The database below contains the median years for all 508 markets. Use the tab to winnow the list to a single state, or simply click Search to view the entire database.

And what about America's youngest housing stock? Look to Palm Coast, Fla., where the typical home was built in 1998, just 13 years ago. The Villages, Fla., is the runner-up with a median year of 1997.

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