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How Livable Will Your Neighborhood Be as You Age?

The AARP's new “livability index” grades communities on seven resource areas that aging Americans will need.
The AARP's "Livability Index" grades communities on a scale from 1 to 100 over seven categories.
The AARP's "Livability Index" grades communities on a scale from 1 to 100 over seven categories.

What is "livability" made of, exactly?

That is the elusive question that a new “livability index” from AARP wants to answer. The index allows you to punch in an address and find out how it scores, on a scale from 1 to 100, in seven different categories: housing, transportation, environment, health, engagement, opportunity, and the catchall “neighborhood” category, which encompasses proximity to services as well as personal safety. The site covers 200,000 communities around the country, and includes county- and state-level data as well.