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AARP Livability Fact Sheets

Information to help make your community a great place for people of all ages

AARP Livability Fact Sheets in english and spanish

The award-winning, 11-part AARP Livability Fact Sheets series is available in English and Spanish. (Follow the links below to download individual fact sheets or the entire collection.)


AARP Livable Communities
has partnered with the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute to create the AARP Livability Fact Sheet series.

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A package of comprehensive, easy-to-read, award-winning livability resources, the 11 fact sheets can be used by community leaders, policy makers, citizen activists and others to learn about and explain what makes a city, town or neighborhood a great place for people of all ages.

After all, a street that's made safer for an older adult to walk across is safer for a person walking to work, a parent pushing a stroller, a child riding a bicycle to school.

Each fact sheet is a four-page PDF document that can be read online or downloaded and printed. We encourage sharing, so please forward the fact sheet URLs or PDFs (individually, below, or as a collection, at right) to colleagues and friends, and use the fact sheets for discussions and research. 

Download the complete collection:

Or click on the images or titles below for individual fact sheets:

(This page can be reached directly via the URL aarp.org/livability-factsheets.)

If you have comments or questions, contact us at livable@aarp.org and/or community@walklive.org.

Older man bicycling with grandson.

Stanton, Melissa

Bicycling, Half of all trips taken in the U.S. are three miles or less, yet only 3 percent of commuting trips are by bicycle.

Bicycling

Half of all trips taken in the U.S. are three miles or less, yet only 3 percent of commuting trips are by bicycle. By helping communities embrace bicycling as a healthy and viable transportation option, we can improve our numbers.
(English | Español)

 

modern united states population density

Density, The aging U.S. population and ongoing decline in the share of households with children is boosting the demand for smaller homes in more compact neighborhoods.

Density

The aging U.S. population and ongoing decline in the share of households with children is boosting the demand for smaller homes in more compact neighborhoods.
(English | Español)

 

Construction workers, economic development

Stanton, Melissa

Economic Development, Walkable, bike-friendly, age-friendly livable communities both save and make money — and they're very good for business.

Economic Development

Walkable, bike-friendly, age-friendly livable communities both save and make money — and they're very good for business.
(English | Español)

 

Alternative to conventional zoning street, pedestrian friendly

Stanton, Melissa

Form-Based Code, By using the physical form rather than the separation of uses as an organizing principle, form-based code offers a powerful alternative to conventional zoning.

Form-Based Code

By using the physical form rather than the separation of uses as an organizing principle, form-based code offers a powerful alternative to conventional zoning. (English | Español)

 

Modern roundabouts illustration

Modern Roundabouts, Roundabouts — circular intersections that move traffic counterclockwise around a central island — can help reduce traffic-related deaths and injuries. Sometimes it's smart to drive around in circles.

Modern Roundabouts

Roundabouts — circular intersections that move traffic counterclockwise around a central island — can help reduce traffic-related deaths and injuries. Sometimes it's smart to drive around in circles.
(English | Español)

 

Parking limit 3 hours

Stanton, Melissa

Parking, The average American household has 1.9 vehicles, and finding a place to put them when not in use consumes land, time and money.

Parking

The average American household has 1.9 vehicles, and finding a place to put them when not in use consumes land, time and money. Here's how we can do a better job parking our cars.
(English | Español)

 

Open road with people with red umbrella's

Density, The aging U.S. population and ongoing decline in the share of households with children is boosting the demand for smaller homes in more compact neighborhoods.

Revitalization Without Displacement

As communities are redeveloped to become more livable, the efforts risk displacing an area’s current, often longtime residents and businesses. Redevelopment efforts can benefit all residents, regardless of income or age.
(English | Español)

 

Super-sized road diets multilane roadways

Road Diets, Supersized, multilane roadways are fast-moving, unattractive and often impossible to cross.

Road Diets

Supersized, multilane roadways are fast-moving, unattractive and often impossible to cross. To protect both pedestrians and drivers many communities are putting their roads on "diets" by reducing street widths and the number of vehicle lanes.
(English | Español)

 

Sidewalks, public spaces for community

Sidewalks, As public spaces, sidewalks are the front steps to a community, activating streets both socially and economically.

Sidewalks

As public spaces, sidewalks are the front steps to a community, activating streets both socially and economically. It makes little sense that in so many neighborhoods, sidewalks are rare and even non-existent.
(English | Español)

 

Street tree's aligned with streets

Street Trees, To quote a Chinese proverb, "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." Here's why tree-lined streets matter.

Street Trees

To quote a Chinese proverb, "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." Here's why tree-lined streets matter.
(English | Español)

 

Traffic calming, reduce traffic volumes

Traffic Calming, Measures used to slow motor-vehicle traffic, often without reducing overall daily traffic volumes, increase safety and create a balanced urban environment for all users, including pedestrians and bicyclists.

Traffic Calming

Measures used to slow motor-vehicle traffic, often without reducing overall daily traffic volumes, increase safety and create a balanced urban environment for all users, including pedestrians and bicyclists. (English | Español)