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Where We Live: Communities for All Ages

The 2018 edition (the third in our series) is ready to read! Download a copy or order the free paperback

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 — 100+ Inspiring Examples from America's Local Leaders is available now and features more than 200 articles and photographs of inspiring programs, people and places throughout the United States. (We also explain how the Experienced Class enhances communities through its skills and life lessons, influence and involvement.) Scroll down to learn how to get your free copy of Where We Live.

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

The front and back covers of 'Where We Live' 2018 feature images of (clockwise from left) Westfield, New Jersey; Washington, D.C.; Camden, South Carolina, and Honolulu, Hawaii.

Order the free paperback version of Where We Live:

1. Email with the subject line: Where We Live 2018

2. In the email body, include:

  • your name
  • street address 
  • town/city, state, zip code
  • publication number D20439

We can send one copy per request. Bulk orders will be considered. If seeking additional copies please explain why and identify the organization you are representing, if any.

Delivery of the printed publication will be by mail and can take up to 4 weeks.

Download a PDF of Where We Live:

1. Email and we'll respond right away with a message that contains a link to the download page.

Note: Questions about printed copies should be sent to Email for all other inquiries.

Past 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, features 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

Learn how to order the free paperbacks and/or download the PDFs

The covers of the 2016 and 2017 versions of Where We Live

Spread the Word!

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