Size of a Cohousing Community

David Oesper

A cohousing community typically consists of 15 to 30 households.

A successful cohousing community can have as few as 9 households, though living in a smaller community can be more demanding on each individual as there are fewer people to depend upon for any need that arises.

Since Mirador will also be operating an astronomy education and astro-tourism business, a larger than average community will probably be needed to support those activities.

How large is too large? When making decisions for the community, it is difficult to reach consensus if there are more than 50 adults. If all those adults are retirees, then probably 35 is the maximum. ;O)

A cohousing community needs to be large enough that it will allow residents to retain their autonomy and be able to freely choose when to participate in community activities, and when not to participate. Most people living in a cohousing community are seeking a supportive environment, not a new family type. Having the freedom not to participate can help to create a living environment that accommodates people’s changing needs over the years.


The Senior Cohousing Handbook, Second Edition, by Charles Durrett (2009): Chapters 1 & 2, Appendix C

Communal Living & Cohousing – Types & Benefits of Intentional Communities by Amy Livingston

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