Cities With the Most Homes Likely to Contain Asbestos

The website Filterbuy analyzed the U.S. Census Bureau data and uncovered the cities with the most pre-1940 homes. The website includes three lists, one each for small, mid-size and large cities.

Cleveland has the most pre-1940 homes in the country. It has nearly 109,000, which is around 52% of all homes in the city. Boston (106,449, 48.2%) and San Francisco  (183,323, 45.1%) are second and third, followed by:

  • Minneapolis, Minnesota (84,419, 43.8%)
  • Baltimore, Maryland (123,352, 42%)
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (285,003, 41.2%)
  • Chicago, Illinois (492,213, 40.4%)
  • New York, New York (1,383,287, 39%)
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin (95,525, 36.7%)
  • Oakland, California (65,364, 35.8%)
  • Washington, D.C. (105,898, 32.8%)
  • Detroit, Michigan (117,572, 32.7%)
  • New Orleans, Louisiana (61,959, 32.2%)
  • Portland, Oregon (82,428, 27.6%)
  • Seattle, Washington (88,091, 23.7%)

Buffalo (59.8%) has the highest percentage of old homes among mid-sized cities, followed by:

  • St. Louis, Missouri (58.7%)
  • Providence, Rhode Island (57.4%)
  • Rochester, New York (57.2%)
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (48.2%)
  • Worcester, Massachusetts (42.5%)
  • Springfield, Massachusetts (41.6%)
  • Cincinnati, Ohio (40.9%)
  • St. Paul, Minnesota (40.1%)
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan (37.5%)
  • Akron, Ohio (32.9%)
  • Toledo, Ohio (32.6%)
  • Des Moines, Iowa (31.7%)
  • Yonkers, New York (30.5%)
  • Richmond, Virginia (30%)

Cambridge, Massachusetts (47.3%) has the highest percentage of old homes among small U.S. cities, followed by:

  • Berkeley, California (46.9%)
  • Lowell, Massachusetts (45.8%)
  • New Haven, Connecticut (44.1%)
  • Allentown, Pennsylvania (44.1%)
  • Syracuse, New York (43.8%)
  • Dayton, Ohio (37.1%)
  • Manchester, New Hampshire (36.6%)
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut (35.8%)
  • Hartford, Connecticut (35.7%)
  • East Los Angeles, California (34.1%)
  • Pasadena, California (30.2%)
  • Waterbury, Connecticut (30%)
  • Elizabeth, New Jersey (28.8%)
  • Patterson, New Jersey (28.1%)

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