A livable community is one that is safe and secure. It offers choices in where to live and how to get around. And it equitably serves residents of all ages, ability levels, incomes, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and other backgrounds. Livable communities:
- enhance personal independence,
- allow residents to remain in their homes and communities as they age, and
- provide opportunities for residents of all ages, ability levels, and backgrounds to engage fully in civic, economic, and social life.
Livable communities include essential features that allow residents of all ages and backgrounds to thrive. These include mixed-use zoning, safe and varied transportation options, and diversity of housing types. Livable communities also have public spaces that benefit everyone. In addition, they provide access to essential businesses, such as grocery stores.