The population is aging. This is true across the nation and in most communities in Minnesota. Our cities need to reflect this changing demographic landscape to help people stay safe, healthy, and living independently in their communities.
Dakota County’s Communities for a Lifetime Initiative completed profiles for the 11 major cities in Dakota County. The profiles highlight key components of an age-friendly community. The goal is to increase awareness of future demographic changes and their implications, and to provide a menu of options for how communities can respond to the changes based on their strengths and gaps.
The initiative’s manager, Jess Luce, worked with city managers and planners to finalize the profiles. Feedback and suggested changes from city and county staff were incorporated, along with current research and relevant data to customize profiles for each city.
Each profile includes a city’s changing population data, housing performance score, types of housing, transit options, land use, walkability score, and other indicators, including indicators from AARP’s Livability Index. Age-friendly policies are also highlighted.
City profiles will be a resource and a strategic planning tool to help communities measure their progress in becoming more age-friendly as they undertake a comprehensive planning process through 2018.
The Communities for a Lifetime Initiative engages communities in active planning, sharing best practice models, and by partnering on age-friendly projects. Find all of the profiles.
For more information on the Dakota County Communities for a Lifetime City Profiles Project, or to schedule an overview presentation on a particular city’s profile, please contact Jess Luce at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-554-6130