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The mission of EncoreATL is to harness the knowledge and experience of individuals who are 50+ to have a more positive impact on the Atlanta community. One way we can do that is to mobilize our collective resources to make Atlanta a more "livable" city.

AARP publishes something called the "Livability Index" each year (watch video). The index is comprised of seven categories (domains) and communities are ranked on a scale of 1 - 100. In 2018, Atlanta's Livability Score was 48.

AARP has also created an online guide that can be used by organizations like EncoreATL to enhance their community's livability index. This is a wonderful resource that we can use to guide our efforts. 

Interestingly, AARP has established a Network of Age-Friendly Communities, which is an affiliate of the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Program. The City of Atlanta became a member of this network in 2016 when it developed the Age-Friendly Atlanta Action Plan. 

These are excellent tools that EncoreATL will carefully consider as we define our initiatives for 2019.

What is the Livability Score?

This score rates the overall livability of a selected neighborhood, city, county, or state on a scale from 0 to 100. It is based on the average score of seven livability categories—housing, neighborhood, transportation, environment, health, engagement, and opportunity—which also range from 0 to 100. We score communities by comparing them to one another, so the average community gets a score of 50, while above-average communities score higher and below-average communities score lower.

All scoring begins at the neighborhood level. Cities, counties, and states receive a score based on the average scores of neighborhoods within their boundaries. 

Most communities have a range of more- or less-livable neighborhoods, but for a community to get a high score, neighborhoods throughout it need to score well. This makes it even more challenging for a city, county, or state to get a high score: the more neighborhoods there are within a given boundary, the less likely it will be that all of them have high scores.

Creating a livable community is challenging, and so is getting a high livability score. To get a perfect score of 100, a neighborhood would have to be among the best in the country in each of the seven livability categories. Scoring highly across all categories is difficult. For example, a transit-rich neighborhood has its benefits, but it can also drive up housing prices. To help that neighborhood score highly in both categories, community leaders would have to commit to ensuring affordable housing near public transit is available.

SOURCE: AARP Livability Index


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