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People often ask if the number of intentional communities is increasing. Here are some data points that might help answer this question.

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Communities Directory Book

The FIC has been publishing the Communities Directory since 1990. Here are the community counts for each edition:

  • Communities Directory 1992 Edition – 350 listings in North America, 50 on other continents
  • Communities Directory 1995 Edition – 500 listings in North America, 50 on other continents
  • Communities Directory 2000 Edition – 600 listings in North America, 100 on other continents
  • Communities Directory 2005 Edition – 600 listings in North America, 130 on other continents
  • Communities Directory 2007 Edition – 900 listings in North America, 325 on other continents

The 2005 edition was the first one published based on the Online Communities Directory. Less extensive solicitation of listings was done for that edition than for the 2000 or 2007 edition.

Online Communities Directory

Since its inception in October 2004 the Online Communities Directory has seen a steady increase in the number of listings.

New listings come in at about 1 per day (22 per month for US listings).

Listings are removed upon the Communities request or when it becomes clear that there is no valid contact information and or the community is obviously no longer in existence. Some listings undoubtedly are for communities that do not exist anymore but the FIC has yet to become aware of that fact.

Number of Communities listed in the Online Communities Directory

  • As of January 1, 2005 – 1250 listings
  • As of January 1, 2006 – 1500 listings
  • As of January 1 2007 – 1600 listings
  • As of July 31 2007 – 1730 listings
  • As of March 19 2008 – 1900 listings – 1340 in the US
  • As of Nov 1, 2008 – 2061 listings – 1452 in the US
  • As of April 9, 2010 – 2269 listings – 1562 in the US

Cohousing Communities

As of July 31, 2007 there are 213 Cohousing Communities listed on the Cohousing Directory

Communities in the United Kingdom

These include communities with multiple locations as multiple listings.

  • Communities Directory 2000 Edition – 40 communities listed in the United Kingdom
  • Communities Directory 2005 Edition – 72 communities listed in the United Kingdom
  • Communities Directory 2007 Edition – 94 communities listed in the United Kingdom

As of August 6, 2007 there are 101 communities listed in the United Kingdom on the Online Communities Directory (communities listed with multiple locations considered a single listing)

Diggers and Dreamers is a more authoritative source on Communities in the United Kingdom

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network