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Going From Good to Great: A Livable Communities Survey in Westchester County, New York

A livable community is one that allows its residents to maintain independence and quality of life as they age and to have an engaging civic and social life, as well as affordable and appropriate housing. AARP commissioned a telephone survey of 800 residents ages 50+ of Westchester County, New York. Their responses revealed the following:

  • Westchester County residents ages 50+ have lived in their community an average of 30 years. In fact, nearly two in three (65%) have lived there for over 20 years. Nine in ten residents say it is extremely (27%), very (45%), or somewhat (19%) important for them to remain in their community for as long as possible.
  • Westchester County residents like their community; more than nine in ten are extremely (22%), very (43%), or somewhat (29%) satisfied with their community. Seven in ten rate their community as excellent (14%), very good (26%), or good (31%).
  • Nineteen percent of 50+ residents say their current residence needs a major repair, modification, or change to enable them to stay there as they get older. Most of these modifications involve the bathroom such as adding grab bars, handrails, a high toilet, or non-slip tile (60%) or cosmetic or minor repairs such as painting or floor refinishing (56%).
  • Most respondents get around in their neighborhoods for things like shopping, visiting the doctor, and running errands by driving a car; over half also ride in a car and walk. About three in ten say they use public transportation.

Polling was conducted for AARP by Woelfel Research, Inc. between December 12, 2007, and January 11, 2008. The sample was constructed to achieve oversamples of residents in three areas: New Rochelle (n=104), Yorktown Heights (n=104), and Greenburgh (n=72). Further information about the survey may be obtained by contacting Terri Guengerich, at 202-434-6306. (30 pages)

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