Mar 9, 2018

According to data from the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction, 59.8% percent of all homes started in 2016 were built within a community or homeowner’s association. The Census Bureau defines community or homeowner’s associations as “formal legal entities created to maintain common areas of a development and to enforce private deed restrictions; these organizations are usually created when the development is built, and membership is mandatory.”

The share of all new homes built within a community or homeowner’s association increased over the years. In 2009, the share was 47.6%, and in 2010, 48.0%. Since 2011, more than 50% of all homes have been built within a community or homeowner’s association. In 2016, the share was 59.8%, the highest since 2009.

When analyzed by the 9 census divisions, the highest share was in the Mountain Division (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming), where 82.3% of new homes were in such communities. In the New England Division (Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Connecticut), on the other hand, the share was only 29.5%.

In the South Atlantic Division (Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia), 68.0% of new homes in 2016 had a community or home owner’s association, followed by the West South Central Division (Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas) at 66.9%, and the Pacific Division (Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington) at 50.2%. (Source: National Association of Home Builders)