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Livability For All: The 2014 Livable Communities Survey of Honolulu, Hawaii, Adults Age 45+

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A livable community provides resources that allow residents to age-in-place, and fosters residents’ engagement in their community’s civic, economic, and social life. The 2014 AARP Livable Communities Survey in Honolulu, Hawaii of Adults Age 45+ was commissioned to help Oahu decision makers achieve the goal of livability.

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Using an operationalization of the World Health Organization’s eight domains of livable community, important community features as well as perceived community needs by Oahu adults age 45+ were identified. 

The top community needs were concentrated in five domains: Housing, Employment, Community Health and Services, Social Inclusion, and Community Resources. Adults age 55-64 reported the greatest community needs compared to younger (age 45-54) or older (age 65+) adults. 

Overall, Community and Health Services is rated as the most important livable community domain for Honolulu residents age 45+ among all eight WHO domains. Outdoor Spaces and Buildings narrowly outranked Housing for second and third order ranking respectively.   

This report is based on data from a mail survey of 7,500 residents, age 45 years or older living on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The survey was fielded from March 7 through April 29, 2014, yielding a total of 607 useable surveys. For more information, contact Brittne Nelson at bnelson@aarp.org. Find additional reports about a variety of subjects at aarp.org/research.

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