Sept. 22, 2020 — Falls Church, VA — More Americans live in community associations today than
ever before, according to new research published by the Foundation for Community Association Research. The 2019-2020 National and State Statistical Review for Community
Association Data shows that 73.9 million Americans, or roughly
27% of the U.S. population, now live in a homeowners association, condominium
community, or housing cooperative, collectively referred to as community
associations or planned communities.
The annual Statistical Review is produced in
conjunction with Community Associations Institute (CAI), the leading international authority in community association
education, governance, and management. For more than 40 years, the Foundation
has published the National and State Statistical Review for
Community Association Data as part of the Community Association Fact Book. The report is the only one of its kind—using American Community Survey
(ACS) and American Housing Survey (AHS) data to better align state-level
community association research.
According to the new report, based on data
collected in 2019, California now leads the nation with 49,200 associations. Florida has the second most
associations with 48,500, followed by Texas (21,000), Illinois (18,800), North
Carolina (14,100), and New York (14,000). Last year, there were roughly
351,000 community associations in the U.S., and the Foundation estimates that number in 2020 has
grown to between 352,000 and 354,000.
Community associations have been growing
consistently and successfully for decades. The overwhelming
majority (89%) of homeowners and condominium association residents rate their
overall experience living in a community association as “very good” (40%),
“good” (30%), or “neutral” (19%), according to results from the 2020 Homeowner Satisfaction Survey, also produced by
Additional results from the Statistical
Review show the value of homes in community associations is nearly $7.2
trillion, and roughly $96 billion in assessments is collected annually from
homeowners to fund essential maintenance.
Since its inception, this exclusive report by
the Foundation has been sourced by community association
stakeholders—homeowners, board members, and management professionals as well as
attorneys, accountants, developers, mortgage lenders, federal agencies, and
public officials—all who work with the Foundation and CAI to build better
The report details top reasons for the growth
of community associations:
▪ The value of
collective management. Americans largely
have accepted the collective management structure of community association
living, where association boards are composed of democratically elected
homeowners who voluntarily serve their communities. The research shows there
are 2.4 million community association board and committee members in the U.S.
performing 86.7 million hours of volunteer service annually.
▪ Privatizing public
functions. With many local municipalities
facing fiscal challenges, communities often are developed with the stipulation
that the builder create an association that will assume many responsibilities
that traditionally belonged to local and state government (e.g., road
maintenance, snow and trash removal, and stormwater management). According to
the report, 77% percent of new housing built for sale is in a community association—with
homeowners contributing $27.4 billion to
association reserve funds for the repair, replacement, and enhancement of
common property (e.g., swimming pools, elevators, and resurfacing streets).
▪ Expanding affordable
housing. There has been a consistent effort
to increase the percentage of homeowners in the U.S., and since the 1960s,
condominiums have tended to serve as lower-cost entry housing, especially for
first-time homebuyers. Condominium communities account for 35–40% of the
reported total of community associations.
To view the full report, visit foundation.caionline.org.
information in the Community Association Fact Book was developed with
significant assistance from Clifford J. Treese, CIRMS. Treese is a past
president of both CAI and the Foundation.
About Community Associations Institute
Since 1973, Community
Associations Institute (CAI) has been the
leading provider of resources and information for homeowners, volunteer board
leaders, professional managers, and business professionals in the more than
350,000 homeowners associations, condominiums, and housing cooperatives in the
United States and millions of communities worldwide. With more than 42,000
members, CAI works in partnership with 36 legislative action committees and 64
affiliated chapters within the U.S., Canada, South Africa, and the United Arab
Emirates as well as with housing leaders in several other countries, including
Australia, Spain, and the United Kingdom. A global nonprofit 501(c)(6)
organization, CAI is the foremost authority in community association
management, governance, education, and advocacy. Our mission is to inspire
professionalism, effective leadership, and responsible citizenship—ideals
reflected in community associations that are preferred places to call home. Visit us at www.caionline.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook @CAISocial.
the Foundation for Community Association Research
mission—with your support—is to provide research-based information for
homeowners, community association board members, community managers,
developers, and other stakeholders. Since the Foundation’s inception in 1975,
we’ve built a solid reputation for producing accurate, insightful, and timely
information, and we continue to build on that legacy. Visit foundation.caionline.org.
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