Stocks Paying Dividends for a Century or More

Investors have been pocketing cash payouts for well over 100 years.

We’ve found a group of stocks that is as close as you can get to a guarantee of regular payouts: Our dividend centenarians. These companies have paid cash dividends annually for at least a century. Most of these firms have humble origins, but they are not quaint.

Here are the three oldest:

ExxonMobil (symbol XOM; recent yield, 3.4%) shows no signs of turning off the dividend spigot despite the downturn in oil prices. It traces its roots to John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil.

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Stanley Black & Decker (SWK; recent yield, 2.0%) got its start in pre-Civil War Connecticut. In 2010, it bought Black & Decker and is now big in electronic security as well.

York Water Company (YORW; recent yield, 2.0%), a small utility in Pennsylvania, has been paying a dividend for over 200 years. That’s a heck of a track record.

Take a look at nine more stocks that have been paying dividends for at least a century.

David Muhlbaum
Former Senior Online Editor

In his former role as Senior Online Editor, David edited and wrote a wide range of content for With more than 20 years of experience with Kiplinger, David worked on numerous Kiplinger publications, including The Kiplinger Letter and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. He co-hosted  Your Money's Worth, Kiplinger's podcast and helped develop the Economic Forecasts feature.