Making Queens a more livable place

By Chris Widelo

It’s time to make New Year’s resolutions for your community—and AARP’s Livability Index can help you do just that.

In 2015, AARP launched the Index, a web-based tool to measure the quality of life in American communities across multiple dimensions: housing, neighborhood characteristics, transportation, environment, health, civic and social engagement and opportunity. New York City scored among the top five large cities in the country.

Queens scored a 59 out of 100 for overall livability—scoring high on the availability of transportation and neighborhood characteristics (access to life, work and play), but low on measures of environment and civic engagement. Explore the tool and check out how your neighborhood scores or view Queens data at https://livabilityindex.aarp.org

The Livability Index helps people to better understand their communities, learn how to take action to make their own communities more livable and make decisions about future needs. Use it to better Queens in 2016!

Chris Widelo

Associate State Director of AARP for New York City

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