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AARP Community Survey Questionnaire

Ask these questions to learn what people age 50+ think about where they live

What do residents think about where they live, how they live, how they want to live?

AARP Research and AARP Livable Communities have developed a questionnaire, available in both English and Spanish, that can be adapted by communities. The survey is designed to capture information consistent with the 8 Domains of Livability.

A printable, hard-copy survey is available through the links in the sidebar titled "AARP Community Survey." An online survey tool is also available and is accessible by request. (See below.)

AARP Community Survey

Use the links below to download a shareable, printable and customizable copy of the survey document.

AARP Age-Friendly Online Community Survey

All age-friendly network communities can request access to an online survey developed by AARP.  While the survey is taken electronically, communities can download and print hard copies to enable participation by community members who don't have online access.

Use this test link to see the survey. (In order to advance through the screens, enter a zip-code containing the number 2.)

To request a survey, complete the Research Survey Request Form and send it by email — attention Bill Armbruster — to

Among the survey's questions:

  1. How would you rate your community as a place for people to live as they age?

  2. How important is it for you to remain in your community as you age?

  3. Thinking about your retirement years when you do not work at all for pay, how likely is it that you will move to a different home within or outside of your current community?

The questions become more detailed as they focus on the following topics:

  • Housing
  • Outdoor Spaces and Buildings
  • Transportation and Streets
  • Health and Wellness
  • Social Participation, Inclusion and Education Opportunities
  • Volunteering and Civic Engagement

For an example of how the survey can be adapted and used, see the AARP Research report "Livability for All: The 2014 Livable Communities Survey of Honolulu, Hawaii, Adults."

To get the most out of the survey, consider creating a demographic profile of the community.  

Visit the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities home page »

Page updated November 2019

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