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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 338,000 in 2015, according to results of CAI’s National and State Statistical Review for 2015. While final 2016 data is not yet available, CAI estimates the year will end with between 342,000 and 344,000 associations.

National and State Statistical Review for 2015

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

2015                        338,000                               26.2                                    68

The review found an estimated 68 million Americans—21.1 percent of the U.S. population in 2015—lived in common-interest communities, including homeowners associations, condominium communities and cooperatives. Homeowners associations account for 51 to 55 percent of the 338,000 associations, with condominiums representing 42 to 45 percent and cooperatives 3 to 4 percent.

States with the most associations are Florida (47,200), California (44,900), Texas (19,800) and Illinois (18,500).

See the National and State Statistical Review for 2015 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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