How many cohousing communities are there in the United States?



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    There are 412 cohousing communities listed in the Cohousing Directory.  Many of these communities are still in the process of forming or reforming.  

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      The FIC’s Communities Directory, cited in the answer, relies largely on data entered by individual community representatives, with little moderation or editing. Many communities check the “yes” box on the “uses cohousing model” question without being aware of the definition of the term: an intentional neighborhood with private homes and a large shared area — a common house. Cohousing neighborhoods are designed and run by the members and typically feature a few meals a week together while leveraging conventional homeowner financing by using condominium legal structures and professional developer partners. The cited projects include many communes, co-ops, group homes, and individual visions, some of which may be influenced by the cohousing model.

      Raines Cohen, Cohousing Coach
      Planning for Sustainable Communities (Berkeley, CA)

      Boardmember, Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)
      (Speaking personally, and not on behalf of the organization)

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    There are about 120 established/occupied cohousing neighborhoods in the United States, according to the directory operated by the Cohousing Association of the United States (Coho/US). Around 100 more are in some phase of development, from dream to site acquisition to planning approval (entitled) to construction.

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