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Community Associations in the United States

The number of community associations in the United States grew from 10,000 in 1970 and 222,500 in 2000 to 342,000 in 2016, according to results of CAI’s National and State Statistical Review for 2016. While final 2017 data is not yet available, CAI estimates the year will end with between 345,000 and 347,000 associations.

National and State Statistical Review for 2016

U.S. community associations, housing units and residents

Year               Communities           Housing Units          Residents

1970                       10,000                                  .7 million                            2.1 million

2000                        222,500                               17.8                                    45.2

2016                        342,000                               26.3                                    69

The review found an estimated 69 million Americans—21.3 percent of the U.S. population in 2016—lived in common-interest communities, including homeowners associations, condominium communities and cooperatives. Homeowners associations account for 51 to 55 percent of the 342,000 associations, with condominiums representing 42 to 45 percent and cooperatives 3 to 4 percent.

States with the most associations are Florida (47,900), California (45,400), Texas (19,900) and Illinois (18,600).

See the National and State Statistical Review for 2016 for more information on homeowners associations, condominium communities, cooperatives and other common-interest communities.

The information in the review was developed by Clifford J. Treese, CIRMS, president of Association Data, Inc., in Mountain House, Calif., and a past president of both CAI and the Foundation for Community Association Research.

For even more detailed statistical data, see the Community Association Fact Book published by the Foundation for Community Association Research.

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