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Where We Live: Past Publications

Two award-winning titles, each with more than 100 inspiring ideas from America's community leaders

The award-winning Where We Live series from AARP highlights inspiring ideas and solutions from America's local leaders to improve their communities, respond to pressing issues, and build partnerships. These free AARP books are available in paperback and digital download formats.

  • The 2018 edition of Where We Live: Communities for All Ages features more than 200 articles and photographs of inspiring programs, people and places throughout the United States.

The first two editions of Where We Live are still available:

  • The 2017 edition, Where We Live: Communities for All Ages — 100+ Inspiring Ideas from America's Community Leaders, includes examples from local leaders in all 50 states

  • In 2016, we published our first title, Where We Live: Communities for All Ages — 100+ Inspiring Ideas from America's Mayors
The covers of the 2016 and 2017 versions of Where We Live

The first and second installments of the 'Where We Live' series.


1. Paperback Edition

Order either or both books right now at

2. PDF Download 

Email us at and we'll respond right away with links to the PDF download pages.

3. E-Book Download

Download Where We Live from the following online retailers. 

Amazon: 2016, 2017 | Barnes & Noble: 2016, 2017 | iBooks via iTunes: 20162017

4. Read Excerpts Online

Articles from Where We Live can be found on our website. (Check back for more 2017 excerpts.)

From the 2017 book

From the 2016 book

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Tell Us About Where You Live

Provide a brief description of the project, feature, place or service that helps make your community livable for people of all ages. Complete our "Sharing Livable Solutions" form. We'll be in touch if we want to learn more or feature the example you share.

Page updated June 2018