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by Rodney Harrell, Jana Lynott, Shannon Guzman AARP Public Policy Institute; Cheryl Lampkin,, , AARP Livable Communities, April, 2014
This report explores the meaning of livability and describes lessons learned by PPI as part of its work to measure community livability and quantify the degree to which a community has the elements that are necessary to meet individual needs regardless of age, income, physical ability, ethnicity, and other factors. This work also includes findings from an individual community preference survey of older adults.
1. Individual definitions of “livability” can include issue areas that may or may not be addressed by public policy.
2. People and communities have differing perspectives: one type of community does not fit all.
3. Perceptions of a livable community are made when choosing housing, and they may not change as the person ages, unless a major life change forces a new perspective.
General findings about the population ages 50 and older:
Household income influences thoughts about the importance of local government spending priorities:
Findings for subgroups within the population ages 50 and older:
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