More than one-third of all the houses in Meridian, Idaho, were built after 2013. Thanks to a burgeoning tech industry, Meridian’s population has more than doubled in the last 17 years, making it the third-largest city in the state.
Realtor.com found the cities with the highest shares of new houses and old houses, and the groups break down geographically. The places with the most new homes, built after 2013, are all west of the Mississippi River. Cities such as Edmond, Okla., Fargo, N.D., Lincoln, Neb., and Irvine, Calif., all have plenty of new housing stock. In each city on the list, the newer homes sell for significantly more than homes that were built five or more years ago.
Apparently things haven’t changed much since the 1800s when Americans left their homes and painted the letters GTT (short for “Gone to Texas”) on their doors. From 2010 to 2015, Texas added 2.2 million people, according to the U.S. Census. The Lone Star State has the country’s second-largest economy, a growing energy sector spearheaded by oil and natural gas, and no income tax.
Every city with a large share of older homes, built before 1900, are in the Midwest or Northeast. More than a third of the homes in Boston were built in the 19th century or earlier. Newark, N.J., Chicago, Milwaukee, and Providence, R.I., all have plenty of older homes, too.