By Jonathan H. Katz, Esq.

The following statistics, along with additional details, can be found in the Foundation for Community Association Research’s 2012 Statistical Review:

  • As of 2012, there were approximately 323,600 community associations in the United States, which means that almost one in four homes are part of an association.
  • That also means that approximately 63.4 million people live in a community association.
  • In 1970, there were only 10,000 community associations and 2.1 million people living in those associations.
  • In 2000, the number of associations jumped to 222,350, and there were approximately 45.2 million residents living in those associations.
  • Of the 323,600 community associations in 2012, approximately 50% were homeowners associations, 45-48% were condominium associations, and 3-5% were cooperatives.
  • The states with the most associations in 2012 were: (1) Florida, with 46,000 associations; and (2) California, with 42,500 associations. Texas was a distant third (3rd) with 18,400 associations.
  • New Jersey and Pennsylvania were tied at 16th in the number of community associations, each with approximately 6,400 associations. That amount was equal to the number of associations in both South Carolina and Maryland, and trailed Minnesota (7,300) and Michigan (7,900).
  • Seven (7) states had fewer than 1,000 associations: Alaska, Arkansas, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wyoming.
  • There were approximately 1,650,000 community association board members in 2012, who collectively performed 65,300,000 hours of service for their associations.
  • There were approximately 50,000-55,000 community association managers and between 7,000-8,000 community association management companies in 2012.
  • It is estimated that between 30-40% of all associations nationally are self-managed, meaning they do not employ a professional manager or management company for day-to-day services.
  • Approximately $51 billion in assessments was collected from association homeowners in 2012, and $20 billion was spent from accumulated reserve funds for the repair, replacement and enhancement of common property.

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