AARP Livable Community

The AARP has recently presented a survey to Mayor Dennis Phillips that people love Kingsport and want to stay here for a lifetime.  AARP Tennessee commissioned a mail survey of AARP members residing in the Greater Kingsport, TN Area. A probability sample of 3,000 AARP members residing in five Greater Kingsport Area ZIP Codes (37660, 37662, 37663, 37664, 37665) was drawn from AARP’s membership data. Forty-four percent of these AARP members returned surveys.

The study will help Kingsport determine which issues are important to its citizenry and help Kingsport determine how to improve the living experience for the elderly in Kingsport.

“I pledge that this will not be just another study that sits on the shelf,’’ Phillips said. “That’s why I’m creating a Blue Ribbon Task Force of past elected leaders to help us identify what we’re doing well, what we can do better in the short term, and how we reach longer-term goals by working with our community partners.”

From the findings in this survey, the task force will be able to make recommendations on improving the different experiences that one may have while living in Kingsport.  

Here are some of the findings:

  • AARP members living in the Greater Kingsport Area are rooted in their communities, satisfied with it, and think it is a good place for older people to live.
  • The top two personal concerns of AARP members and residents in Kingsport, TN are affording their health care costs and maintaining their independence.
  • Two in three members and three in four community residents say that opportunities to exercise are extremely or very important to have in the Greater Kingsport Area.
  • The biggest gap identified between what is important and what exists in the Greater Kingsport Area in our list of activities is well run and located community and recreation centers.
  • About eight in ten members and community residents say that having special transportation services for people with disabilities and other special needs is extremely or very important to have in the Greater Kingsport Area.
  • The biggest gaps identified between what is important and what exists in the Greater Kingsport Area in our list of transportation attributes are bus stops with benches and shelters, posted bus schedules and routes, and convenient public transportation.
  • Nine in ten members and residents say that well designed and maintained streets and adequate street lighting are extremely or very important to have in the Greater Kingsport Area.
  • The biggest gaps identified between what is important and what exists in the Greater Kingsport Area in community design attributes are urban or community vegetable gardens, attractive entrances or gateways to the city, well maintained sidewalks, and well designed and maintained streets.
  • Nearly all members and residents say that safe neighborhoods are extremely or very important to have in the Greater Kingsport Area.
  • The biggest gaps identified between what is important and what exists in the Greater Kingsport Area in housing attributes are affordable housing and a variety of housing options.
  • Over nine in ten members and community residents say good job opportunities and excellent schools are extremely or very important to have in the Greater Kingsport Area.
  • The biggest gaps identified between what is important and what exists in the Greater Kingsport Area in this category are good job opportunities and job training and re-training opportunities.
  • Over nine in ten members and community residents say that clean air and water and well managed landfills are extremely or very important to have in the Greater Kingsport Area.
  • The biggest gaps identified between what is important and what exists in the Greater Kingsport Area in our list of environmental attributes are removal or upkeep of abandoned buildings and clean air.
  • Nearly all AARP members and community residents say they are satisfied with their neighborhood as a place to live.
  • About six in ten members and community residents rate their neighborhood as an excellent or very good place for older people to live.
  • Safety and security, well designed and maintained streets, and adequate street lighting in their neighborhoods are the most important features for AARP members and community residents living in the Greater Kingsport Area.
  • Nine in ten members and community residents say they cannot safely walk from their home to their doctor’s office, and at least three in four cannot walk safely from their home to a grocery store or a bank.
  • End-of-life services are the most important neighborhood service for AARP members and community residents living in the Greater Kingsport Area.
  • The biggest gap identified in features between what is important and what exists in the neighborhoods of AARP members in the Greater Kingsport Area is well maintained sidewalks going where you want to go.
  • The biggest gap in services identified between what is important and what exists in the neighborhoods of AARP members in the Greater Kingsport Area is a service that helps low-income and older persons with home repairs.
  • Nearly six in ten AARP members (57%) and two in three community residents (66%) in the Greater Kingsport Area say their homes need some kind of modification to enable them to stay there as they age.

*Copies of the report can be downloaded at www.aarp.org/tn

**To view a copy of the Kingsport report click here.


AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. We produce AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; AARP Segunda Juventud, our bimonthly magazine in Spanish and English; NRTA Live & Learn, our quarterly newsletter for 50+ educators; and our website, AARP.org.  AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.



AARP Livable Community

Kingsport Contact Info

Location:

1st Floor, City Hall

Postal:

225 West Center St.
Kingsport, TN 37660

E-mail:

Phone:

(423) 229-9400

Fax:

(423) 229-9350

 


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