The AARP 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 AARP 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
New Features in the 2022 Livability Index
- Updated Data — The latest indicator data for each category of livability.
- Redesigned Look — Navigate and locate information and resources in an easier and more clear and concise way.
- Key Policy Addition — Accessible Dwelling Units (ADUs) are included for the first time as a new state-level policy measure, bringing attention to this important tool for creating livability.
- Homebuyer Help — In AARPʼs collaboration with the National Association of REALTORS®, AARP Livability Index scores can be a helpful factor in the house hunting process for those working with a NAR member.
- Top Scorers — Learn more about the AARP Livability Indexʼs top scoring places that are high performers across the community livability factor the Index measures.
What Does the AARP Livability Index Do?
The AARP 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:
AARP Livability Index Publications and Videos
See a demonstration of the new site and the latest updates and hear from the experts and project team behind the Livability Index on three of the seven livability areas of the Index—Housing, Transportation and Engagement.
This report combines what the AARP Livability Index tells us about neighborhoods with what the American Community Survey tells us about who lives there.
Many US cities are becoming more livable as the Midwest embraces complete streets policies and the South passes no smoking ordinances. Yet, paradoxically, sprawl continues. Those are just a few of the compelling trends highlighted in analysis of data from the Public Policy Institute’s 2018 Livability Index.
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., vice president of the AARP Public Policy Institute's family, home, and community initiative, discusses the "What is Livable?" survey results.
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