The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) found that most livability definitions include transportation, community, and quality, but there is no one definition. As a result, the association conducted a literature review of more than 180 livability reports and documents to consolidate them into one resource: Livability Literature Review: A Synthesis of Current Practice.

The report describes how livability is understood, provides examples of livable communities in practice, and adds clarity to several concepts. It also identifies tools and practices to help local governments and their regional planning organizations create more livable communities.

It was created by NARC in partnership with the American Public Works Association, the National Association of Counties, the National League of Cities, and the International City/County Management Association. Access the report, here.