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Bangor is Home: Livable Communities Survey of Bangor Residents Age 50-Plus

Bangor residents age 50-plus show a strong desire to stay in their community and in their home for as long as they can. While half (50%) say it is extremely or very important to stay in their community as they age, the majority (85%) say it is important to stay in their own home as they age. The survey findings show the deep roots that Bangor residents age 50-plus have in their community.

Key findings include:

  • More than half (57%) have lived in their community for over 25 years.  Most do not plan to move, and nine in ten (90%) say their community is a good place for older people to live.

  • Although each of the eight community domains included in the survey were shown to hold importance to residents age 50-plus, the highest rated was transportation, followed by community and health services, and housing, respectively.

  • All community transportation features were found to be of high importance, with well-maintained streets rating highest (96%) by residents 50 and older, who largely (89%) reported they do the driving themselves in most cases.  Safe, well-lit streets (94%), easy to read traffic signs (93%), and enforced speed limits (91%) were also highly valued transportation features.

The focus of the “2015 AARP Livable Communities Survey of Bangor Residents Age 50-Plus” is to help support Bangor in becoming an Age-Friendly Community, where residents can more easily access the resources they need to stay in their home and/or community as they age.  Nearly 450 Bangor residents age 50 and older completed this mail survey in August and September, 2015, to provide their opinions and insights into how improvements can be made to improve the livability of Bangor for all who call it home.  For more information, contact Kate Bridges at KBridges@aarp.org.

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