(GlobeNewswire) – According to a report published by the Foundation for Community Association Research (FCAR), 21 percent of the U.S. population resided in a community association in 2016. (e.g. homeowners associations, condominium communities, and housing cooperatives). The research is produced by the Foundation 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 which compiles community association data. In 1970, there were 10,000 community associations with approximately 2.1 million residents. According to the 2016 report, CAI estimates the number of U.S. community associations in 2017 is between 345,000 and 347,000 with homeowners associations accounting for about 5155 percent of the totals, condominiums for 4245 percent, and cooperatives for 34 percent.
Florida continues to lead the nations community association housing model with 47,900 associations, and home to 9.6 million residents. California is the countrys second highest state for community associations with 45,400 communities followed by Texas (19,900), Illinois (18,600), North Carolina (13,900), and New York (13,800).
Additional results show the value of homes in community associations is nearly $5.5 trillion, and $88 billion in assessments is collected annual from homeowners to fund essential maintenance.
The report further 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 comprised of elected homeowners who voluntarily serve their communities.
Privatizing Public Functions. With many local municipalities facing fiscal challenges, communities are often created with the stipulation that the developer will 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).
Expanding Affordable Housing. There has been a persistent effort to increase the percentage of homeowners in America, and since the 1960s, condominiums have tended to serve as lower-cost entry housing, especially for first-time buyers.
Minimizing Social Costs and Fostering Market Efficiencies. Community associations not only maintain home values, but also reduce the need for government oversight and expenditures by providing services, assigning payment responsibility to homeowners, and being responsive to local concerns.
By their inherent nature, community associations bring people together, strengthen neighborhood bonds, and promote a sense of community and belonging, said Thomas M. Skiba, CAE, CAIs chief executive officer. As we witness the steady expansion with community associations worldwide, these attributes cannot be overlooked. Purchasing a home in a community association offers a diverse choice of services and amenities few Americans can individually afford without the shared responsibility enabled by community associations.
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 nearly 350,000 community associations, condominiums, and co-ops in the United States and millions of communities worldwide. With nearly 35,000 members, CAI works in partnership with 63 affiliated chapters within the U.S., Canada, United Arab Emirates, and South Africa, as well as with housing leaders in several other countries including Australia, Spain, Saudi Arabia, 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.
About the Foundation for Community Association ResearchThe Foundation for Community Association Research provides authoritative research and analysis on community association trends, issues and operations. Its mission is to inspire successful and sustainable communities. Founded in 1975, the foundations work supports homeowner volunteer leaders and industry professionals who share a stake in the success of common-interest communities.
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