The Livability Index is a signature initiative of the Public Policy Institute to measure the quality of life in American communities across multiple dimensions: housing, transportation, neighborhood characteristics, environment, health, opportunity, and civic and social engagement.
An interactive, easily navigated website, the Livability Index allows users to compare communities, adjust scores based on personal preferences and learn how to take action to make their own communities move livable.
Learn more about the top scoring communities in the United States and use the tool by visiting www.aarp.org/livabilityindex
Watch a video of the AARP Public Policy Institute live stream event, Are Communities Becoming More Livable? The 2018 Livability Index: Great Neighborhoods for All Ages celebrating the re-launch of the Index. This new version of the website has updated data and new features.
During the event, PPI unveiled the 2018 Livability Index, provided an overview and demo of the changes made to the website, shared were key findings and insights from Livability Index data. PPI Livable Communities experts also held a discussion with local leaders about how communities are taking steps to become more livable.
Click here to watch the video
New Features in Livability Index 2018
- Updated Data—Visitors will see the latest indicator data for each category.
- Results Page Tutorial—Visitors will be guided through key features of the results page.
- Track Progress—Visitors can compare their indicator performance for the current and previous two years for any location.
- Compare Map Layers—Visitors can compare two map layers side-by-side for any location.
- Share Your Score—Visitors can share a community’s livability and category scores via Facebook and Twitter.
- Send Feedback—Visitors can share their comments, ideas and even their own data with the project team via the new Contact Us page.
- Resources—Visitors will find more information about the Index categories to better understand each livability topic on the redesigned page.
What Does the Livability Index Do?
The Livability Index helps users better understand their communities and make decisions about future needs. The index can be used in several ways.
Here are just a few examples:
A county executive wants to know how to meet the housing needs of older adults. She can see how her community performs for each of the housing metrics relative to the national average and learn about policy and programmatic interventions that could address areas of concern.
The director of a nonprofit organization wants to show the need for transportation services in the community. He can view data on transit service available to various neighborhoods in the community and connect to resources explaining how transit is typically funded.
A health official is interested in exploring how the built environment may influence health. She can see the relative rates of obesity and smoking on a map and then check whether each neighborhood in a county has access to grocery stores and farmers’ markets.
This report explores the meaning of livability, examines previous efforts to evaluate the livability of communities and describes lessons learned by PPI as part of its work to measure community livability.
This report highlights findings from an AARP PPI survey of more than 4,500 adults age 50 and older to understand general preferences for community livability and how those preferences differ within the diverse population of older adults, including age, income, physical ability, driver status, race and ethnicity, and other factors.
Rodney Harrell, Ph.D., director of the AARP Public Policy Institute's livability initiative, discusses the "What is Livable?" survey results.
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