The index covers 200,000 communities around the country, and includes county- and state-level data as well. As you might imagine, the city’s older, more dense neighborhoods score better than the surrounding county suburbs. Across Virginia, the old neighborhoods of Richmond, in fact, are second only to neighborhoods in Arlington on the Livability Index.
From the traffic circle on 25th Street, the Livability Index gives the area a score of 60. The area score high on access to markets and parks, density, affordable housing, civic engagement, social engagement, and age diversity, but looses points on access to jobs via transit, the number of vacant houses, and the crime rate. The Index somehow missed the fact that the East End Library is only blocks away.