I was recently at an Aging-In-Exurbia where I heard a plethora of guest speakers talk about topics that were important to the Aging-In-Place community.
One of them, an AARP outreach coordinator, discussed the AARP Livability Index, and being that it was an intriguing topic, I figured I would share it with you.
The Livability Index is designed to show you just how nice an area yours is to live in.
It is NOT just for seniors, even though AARP, obviously, puts a senior “spin” on the topic, as you would imagine.
The areas that the survey covers are…
- Housing-focusing on access and affordability
- Neighborhood-access to life, work and play
- Transportation-safe and convenient options
- Environment-clean air and water
- Health-prevention, access and quality
- Engagement-civic and social involvement
- Opportunity-Inclusion and possibilities
Below is a video explaining the process…
I decided to try it myself, and used my current zip code, West Islip, NY (11795) as the template…
West Islip scored a 52, and the worst of it’s scores was in housing, only a 22.
I don’t need to go through all of the areas of interest, but decided to do the worst of them, housing, to give you a template for what is happening…
As you can tell, West Islip is expensive to live in and does not feature the type of multi-unit housing that would be perfect for seniors looking for a “mother-daughter” type of house.
Note: this index is for legal apartments. There are illegal apartments and two-family houses all over the place.
And the nice part is using this index allows you to compare locations to determine which would be the best for your needs.