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Measuring Age-Friendliness with the AARP Livability Index

Posted on April 18, 2016 | by Kathy Black
Measuring Age-Friendliness with the AARP Livability Index

Whether we are newcomers or longstanding residents, community life matters. After all, it is the epicenter of where we live our daily lives – where we work, live and play. And although there is much to love about community, there is always room for improvement! The age-friendly community “movement” is all about creating communities that are more livable for people of all ages- but how do we know how we fare and more importantly, how we get better?

The Livability Index is a tool designed to help assess the performance of age-friendly communities. Designed by experts at the AARP Public Policy Institute with guidance from an acclaimed technical committee, the tool measures 60 indicators (40 quantitative metrics and 20 policies) spread across seven categories that are largely aligned with the domains of livability:

  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Health (community supports and health services)
  • Opportunity (civic participation and employment, respect and social inclusion)
  • Neighborhood (outdoor spaces and buildings)
  • Environment
  • Engagement (civic and social participation, respect and social inclusion, communication and information).

Scores can range from 0-100, though no community will rate with a perfect score as there is always room for improvement. On an individual level, the tool allows users to rate their neighborhoods and customize their scores based on what aspects of community life are most important to each of us. On a collective level, the data can be used in combination with other community data and experiences to provide objective goals for improvement. It takes just a few minutes to check out your own score.

Here's a short video about the Livability Index:

Click here to see your own livability score!

DID YOU KNOW?

70: The nation’s highest Livability Index score: Great Neck Plaza, New York.

53: The average Livability Index score for all neighborhoods in Sarasota County.


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