This study examines where cohousing develops in the United States as of early 2021. Previous literature has sought to explain the types of people who live in cohousing and the reasons for cohousing developing, but little to no research has been done on where cohousing is located and what makes a location suitable or amenable for cohousing. This study uses data from Esri and the United States Census Bureau, and the US Census American Community Survey to test whether or not the three cohousing typologies are statistically different from one another in terms of whiteness, income levels, home values, age, poverty, diversity, levels of owner-occupied housing, place, and how Democratic they are, as well as testing cohousing against generalized counties in terms of whiteness, income levels, home values, age, poverty, level of owner-occupied housing, and diversity. The findings indicate that there is statistical difference between typologies and between cohousing and general population of the counties they are located in for several of these variables.


Fitz Gibbon, Heather


Urban Studies


Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social Statistics | Urban Studies and Planning


Cohousing, Multigenerational Housing, Senior Housing, Ecovillage

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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