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AARP Rural Lab

AARP Livable Communities works with rural and remote communities nationwide — and helps them connect with and learn from one another

Scene of a farm field and farm house

Photo by Melissa Stanton, AARP

A farm field, house and barn in rural Maryland.

Launched in 2019, AARP Rural Lab reaches more than 250 communities — from a small town with 50 residents to regions with populations of 200,000 or more — that are invited by AARP to participate.

Despite the difference in location and size, rural and remote towns, counties, small cities and regions are united by a strong connection to place, a history of leveraging assets for the good of the community, and a desire to maximize residents’ health and well-being. 

Participants meet monthly to share information and ideas that rural and remote communities can use to kickstart innovative solutions to local challenges. 

Learn from some of those solutions via the links below. 

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Page updated January 2024

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