1) A livable community: a) Provides affordable, appropriate, accessible housing; b) Ensures accessible, affordable, reliable, safe transportation; c) Adjusts the physical environment for inclusiveness and accessibility; d) Provides work, volunteer, and education opportunities; e) Ensures access to key health and support services; and f) Encourages participation in civic, cultural, social, and recreational activities. Within each of these six areas, a livable community strives to maximize people's independence, assure safety and security, promote inclusiveness, and provide choice.
2) A livable community is one that has affordable and appropriate housing, supportive community features and services, and adequate mobility options, which together facilitate personal independence and the engagement of residents in civic and social life. There are many ways to promote livability. For instance, homes that are affordable enable individuals to remain in the communities to which they have long-term attachments. At the same time, good home design, founded on ease of use and accessibility, enhances quality of life by enabling individuals to enjoy the full use of their residence as they age. Community features and services play their own prominent role. In addition to these home and community features, transportation and mobility options have a profound impact on the lifestyles of older Americans. Of course, most people in the United States drive to get where they want to go. However, among those individuals who do not drive, whether by choice or necessity, options like walking or public transportation can contribute to personal independence and quality of life. One of the most important aspects of a livable community is the high level of engagement of its residents, ranging from participation in social activities and relationships, to volunteering, to civic participation in community planning and the political process.