So I plugged my address into the AARP Livability Index and discovered that downtown Springfield is rather mediocre. Hmmmm… I’m not at all sure I’d score this place as low as 60, but then I’m invested in living here and make it work. I’m even enjoying it
One index in particular drags down a couple of the scores: The AARP Index is apparently unaware that Springfield has a bus system. So there were a couple of anomalies, e.g. listed as having no employment reachable by public transit. Waaaaa? I happen to know that the bus goes to three different Walmarts — a big employer of retired people, I hear tell.
Springfield ranks well above average for housing, transportation, and engagement. We get low marks for environment, health, and opportunity.
Opportunity is a particular problem here. Our poverty rate is twice the national average, but, oddly, this statistic isn’t part of the index.