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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.

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The American Rescue Plan and Older Adults

The legislation is a once-in-a-generation funding opportunity to strengthen communities for the future

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. (Available in 5 languages.)

... or visit the A-Z Topics archives

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

AARP Walk Audit Tool Kit

Coming January 2022! An all new guide (and worksheets) for conducting a safety audit of streets and sidewalks

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

Enabling Better Places

Small-scale land use and zoning changes can help communities revitalize and thrive. Learn how in this publication for local leaders and community advocates

Rural Livability

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

Creating Places That Pop!

This "recipe" filled publication is a practical guide to demonstrating and implementing positive change

The Handout

This downloadable graphic is available in two sizes in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese

The Parks and Public Spaces Collection

One free guide from AARP — and two from the placemaking specialists of 8 80 Cities

Roadmap to Livability

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

Make Room

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

Where We Live

Three editions featuring nearly 400 inspiring examples from America's local leaders

The Livability Economy

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

Imagining Livability

A visual portfolio of tools and transformations

The 8 Domains of Livability: An Introduction

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

The 8 Domains of Livability: 16 Case Studies

Two examples from each domain provide information and inspiration

Fact Sheets

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


2021 AARP Home and Community Preferences Survey

What people age 50+ think about where they live

The AARP Community Survey

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

AARP Public Policy Institute

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

AARP Livable Research

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

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