Learn About Livability

A collection of thumbnail images illustrating characteristics of livable communities, including access to healthy food, sidewalks, transportation, accessible public space, and opportunities to socialize.

Livable communities allow all people to maintain independence and quality of life through economic prosperity, built and natural environments, affordable and accessible housing, adequate mobility options, and engagement in civic and social life.   

Are you new to the idea of livability? Are you looking to learn more? Here  are some resources to get you started:

AARP
AARP asks: "What makes a community livable? What does a livable community look like? AARP Livable Communities answers those questions and more with photos of real-place examples, interviews with livable leaders and "how-to" action plans so best practices and successes can be replicated. Lively, active communities are great places for people of all ages.

CDC Healthy Places
Healthy places are those designed and built to improve the quality of life for all people who live, work, worship, learn, and play within their borders -- where every person is free to make choices amid a variety of healthy, available, accessible, and affordable options.

EPA Smart Growth
The United States Environmental Protection Agency has a number of different resources and tools under its "Smart Growth" banner, including the Smart Growth Self-Assessment for Rural Communities.

Partners for Livable Communities
Partners for Livable Communities is a national nonprofit organization working to restore and renew the communities we work and live in. Partners has over thirty years of experience in solving community problems by providing information, leadership and guidance that help communities help themselves. 

*The descriptions of the resources listed above were taken directly from the websites of the respective organizations.