AARP launches livability index; Gulf Coast region ranks in middle

AARP launches livability index; Gulf Coast region ranks in middle

Monday, April 20, 2015

The AARP Public Policy Institute on Monday launched an ambitious new initiative to measure quality of life in communities around the country. The new Livability Index is an interacive website that lets users compare communities across dimensions including housing, tansportation, neighborhood characteristics, and health.

In a story on the new index, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that Southwest Florida counties—including Sarasota, Manatee, and Charlotte—ranked “in the middle of the pack” against other communities nationwide. While the North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton MSA just came off a No. 1 ranking in a Gallup telephone survey of well-being, “the AARP ranking is the result of a massive number-crunch, based on 50 data sources, 40 metrics and 20 policies that indicate how a community can become more livable over time,” the paper reports.

Go here to read the Herald-Tribune story, and here for the AARP Livability Index.