Active adult communities have been around for a while, but suddenly they’re verywhere and the number of baby boomers flocking to them is at an all-time high.
According to the National Association
of Home Builders, the 55+ housing industry
market reached 71 points, the highest reading
in history, in the fourth quarter of 2017. The
55+ single-family HMI is based on builder
perceptions of new 55+ single-family home
sales, both current and expected for the next
six months and tra;c of prospective buyers.
Builders are asked to rate conditions as “good,”
“fair,” or “poor” (or, for tra;c, “high to very
high,” “average,” or “low to very low”). The
responses are used to create di;usion indexes
on scale of 0 to 100, where any number over
50 indicates more builders report positive
than negative conditions.
So, what has changed? For starters, the
number of baby boomers who have reached
active adult status has increased dramatically
in recent years. The United States Census
Bureau reported that the number of U.S.
residents age 65+ increased from 35.0
million in 2000, to 49. 2 million in 2016,
accounting for 12. 4 percent and 15. 2 percent
of the total population, respectively.
Then, there’s the societal or ideological
shift from canned or frozen, and rocking
chairs and knitting to community gardens,
fresh and local only. Social groups and
fitness centers are everywhere you look.
A continually heightened focus on
nutrition, overall health, community, and a
The Active Life is the Good Life
Active Adult Communities
In this age of health, wellness, and organic everything, active adult living has
essentially become synonymous with being alive and over 55. And, the building and
development industry has responded…in force.
By: Jamie Penn
Traditions of America