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The Villages of Florida is the world's largest active adult community and is the most popular on 55Places.com.

Active adult communities are certainly popular with homebuyers, but which communities have actually been getting the most buzz? Here at 55places.com, there are some communities which readers inquire about more often than others. By analyzing the number of inquiries we have received, we compiled a list of our 55 most popular active adult communities for 2012.

Our most popular list of communities is a chance for our readers to see which of our listed communities have stood out to other potential homebuyers. We aren’t necessarily saying these are the “best” communities, but they are the most popular.

As you look through our list, you may notice a few surprises. There are many communities from traditional retirement states, like Florida, Arizona, and California, but there are also several results from more recently popular states like Nevada and Texas. There are even a few communities included from unexpected locations like Delaware and Illinois.

Did your favorite active adult communities make the list? Are you surprised by any of the results? We’d love to hear from you in the comment section below. Here are the 55 most popular active adult communities in the country for 2012 in order of popularity.

  1. The Villages - The Villages, FL

  2. Sun City Hilton Head - Bluffton, SC

  3. Sun City Texas - Georgetown, TX

  4. Sun City Carolina Lakes - Fort Mill, NC

  5. Del Webb Charleston - Summerville, SC

  6. Laguna Woods Village - Laguna Woods, CA

  7. Sun City Anthem - Henderson, NV

  8. Carolina Preserve - Cary, NC

  9. Sun City Palm Desert - Palm Desert, CA

  10. On Top of the World - Ocala, FL

  11. Kings Point - Sun City Center, FL

  12. Sun City Lincoln Hills - Lincoln, CA

  13. Hill Country Retreat - San Antonio, TX

  14. Sun City Summerlin - Las Vegas, NV

  15. Frisco Lakes - Frisco, TX

  16. Sun City Center - Sun City Center, FL

  17. Sun City - Sun City, AZ

  18. Four Seasons at Beaumont - Beaumont, CA

  19. Heritage Isle - Viera, FL

  20. Lake Providence - Mt. Juliet, TN

  21. Trilogy at Glen Ivy - Corona, CA

  22. Anthem Ranch - Broomfield, CO

  23. Timber Pines - Spring Hill, FL

  24. Stone Creek - Ocala, FL

  25. The Haven - Bluffton, SC

  26. Sweetwater - Jacksonville, FL

  27. Solivita - Poinciana, FL

  28. Del Webb Ponte Vedra - Ponte Vedra, FL

  29. Carillon - Plainfield, IL

  30. Oak Run - Ocala, FL

  31. Rossmoor - Walnut Creek, CA

  32. Oakmont Village - Santa Rosa, CA

  33. Sun City West - Sun City West, AZ

  34. Trilogy at Encanterra - Queen Creek, AZ

  35. Sun Lakes - Sun Lakes, AZ

  36. The Colony - Murrieta, CA

  37. Sun City Mesquite - Mesquite, NV

  38. Sun City MacDonald Ranch - Henderson, NV

  39. Sierra Canyon - Reno, NV

  40. Sun Lakes Country Club - Banning, CA

  41. Leisure World - Mesa, AZ

  42. Heritage Shores - Bridgeville, DE

  43. Sun City Peachtree - Griffin, GA

  44. Valencia Lakes - Wimuama, FL

  45. Alegria - Bernalillo, NM

  46. Heritage Ranch - Fairview, TX

  47. SaddleBrooke Ranch - Oracle, AZ

  48. Sun City Shadow Hills - Indio, CA

  49. Lely Resort - Naples, FL

  50. Sun City Grand - Surprise, AZ

  51. Seasons Prince Creek West - Murrells Inlet, SC

  52. Sun City Festival - Buckeye, AZ

  53. Ocean Hills Country Club - Oceanside, CA

  54. Robson Ranch - Denton, TX

  55. Sun City Huntley - Huntley, IL

Methodology

To find our 55 Most Popular Active Adult Communities for 2012, we calculated which communities received the most inquires via our Request Info form on each community displayed on 55places.com. Readers can either click on the large red button labeled “Request Sales Info” at the top of any listing, or click on the “Request Info” link in the upper right Real Estate Agent section of the listing.

Please note that our most popular list is only based on information gathered through 55places.com. It does not consider inquires made through other sources, such as agent or builder websites. However, it does limit the results to potential homebuyers who have been interested enough to request more information.