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Improving the Livability of West Virginia Communities
To lay the groundwork on how to drive positive community change, WV Forward is collaborating with the AARP of West Virginia, Generation West Virginia and the West Virginia Community Development HUB to help build more livable communities for people of all ages.
investing in wv communities
Partnering with AARP to improve livability
What is a livable community?
"A Livable Community is safe and secure, has affordable and appropriate housing and transportation options, and offers supportive community features and services. Once in place, those resources enhance personal independence, allow residents to age in place, and foster their engagement in the community’s civic, economic and social life.”
— AARP Policy Book, Chapter 9
How livable is wv?
West Virginia has a score of 50 in the AARP Livability Index.
Discover the livability of your WV community
The AARP Livability Index is an online tool to measure community livability, intended to inform and encourage communities to become more livable. It serves as a guide for individuals and businesses to make location decisions, as businesses consider where to locate, workers choose where to reside and retirees decide where to go on a vacation or consider second homes.
Seven key livability categories include:
- Opportunity and transportation
AARP Network of Age Friendly States and Communities
Charleston has recently joined the AARP Network of Age Friendly States and Communities. Based on assessments that AARP and WV Forward are conducting to identify community needs within the eight domains of livability, an age-friendly action plan will be developed for Charleston to be implement by 2021.
WV Forward and AARP are currently producing a survey of community residents and compiling an asset inventory, which will inform the creation of an action plan for the city. Stay tuned for progress updates!
WV Livability Accolades
6th Annual AARP Livable Communities National Conference
AARP West Virginia AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities
AARP Livability Index: How livable is your community?