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How to Create a Livable Community

AARP Livable Communities and AARP state offices work with local leaders and residents to help ensure that towns, cities and communities nationwide are livable for people of all ages. Toward achieving that goal, we create and manage programs, tool kits, how-to guides and a collection of easy-to-use and understand printed and online materials.

Find information and inspiration for local leaders at

Featured Resources

Livable Library

AARP Livable Library

This page features a one-stop-shop for information about and links to the many free printed and downloadable publications produced by the AARP Livable Communities initiative

AARP HomeFit Guide

The AARP HomeFit Guide

Learn how to make a house or apartment safe, comfortable and a great fit — for people of all ages — through this information- and illustration-filled 36 page resource

... or go directly to our A-Z Archives

Find subject-based lists and links about housing, transportation, placemaking and more

Ideas and Solutions

Accessory Dwelling Units

All About ADUs

Check out our free, photo-filled guides to Accessory Dwelling Units and how they expand housing options for people of all ages

AARP Rural Livability Workshop Report

AARP Rural Livability Workshop Report

How and why small towns and remote communities are working to become more livable for older adults and people of all ages

Making Room: Housing for a Changing America

Make Room

Filled with photos, infographics, ideas, solutions and floor plans, Making Room is a rallying cry for a wider menu of housing options

Front and back covers of the 2018 edition of Where We Live

Where We Live: Communities for All Ages

100+ Inspiring Examples from America's Local Leaders

Infographic with information about why livable communities are good for people and business

The Livability Economy

A report and infographic explain how livable communities are good for people and business

Tool Kits and How To's

The Pop-Up Placemaking Tool Kit

Creating Places That Pop!

Seeing potential solutions is more effective than simply reading, hearing or talking about them. This "recipe" filled publication is a practical guide to demonstrating and implementing positive change

Covers of the AARP Walk Audit Tool Kit and Leader Guide

Walk Audit Kits

Two guides for conducting or leading a safety audit of streets and sidewalks

Creating Parks and Public Places for People of All Ages

Creating Parks and Public Places

A step-by-step guide by AARP, 8 80 Cities and The Trust for Public Land

Covers of the six-part AARP Roadmap to Livability Collection with all six books checked off as having been published

AARP Roadmap to Livability Collection

6 workbooks with strategies and solutions that make a community great for people of all ages

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Bangor Police Department Sgt. Tim Cotton pose with the Duck of Justice

Livable Lessons and Promising Practices

Field-tested strategies and replicable solutions for big projects and small

About Livability

In a Livable Community Poster Collection

The Poster

Ready to download in various sizes in English, Spanish, French, Chinese and Korean

Cover of the Imagining Livability Design Collection

The Imagining Livability Design Collection

A visual portfolio of tools and transformations

Chart showing the 8 Domains of Livability

The 8 Domains of Livability: An Introduction

Communities of all sizes can use this framework to become more livable

Cover of the Age-Friendly Report Inspiring Communities

The 8 Domains of Livability: 16 Case Studies

Two examples from each domain provide information and inspiration

AARP Livability Fact Sheets in english and spanish

Fact Sheets

11 award-winning, easy-to-understand, 4-page handouts about street-level livability solutions. (Available in English and Spanish.)

Stats and Facts

Survey results about aging in place

AARP Home and Community Preferences Survey

What people age 50+ think about where they live

The AARP Community Survey template is available in English and Spanish

The AARP Community Survey

Use this template (available in English or Spanish) to learn what people think about where they live

Women Ride Bicycles, City Environment, Sunny Outdoors, AARP Livable Communities Tool Kits Resources

AARP Public Policy Institute

Policies about issues including land use, transportation, housing and broadband facilitate aging in place

Model house, AARP Research, Livable Communities

AARP Livable Research

AARP researchers gather information about housing, transportation, communities and more

Contact Us

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