liv·​abil·​i·​ty ˌli-və-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce livability (audio)
variants or less commonly liveability
: survival expectancy : viability
used especially of poultry and livestock
: suitability for human living

Examples of livability in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the buildings are facing financial and livability crises again. Liam Dillon, Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2024 With a livability score of 90, another Texas city tied with Cary, North Carolina, in the top spot on’s list — and that’s The Woodlands. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 25 Mar. 2024 At all levels, governments are examining both street parking and the mandates attached to development of new buildings, as well as how new policy can impact housing affordability and livability of urban areas. Cameron Pugh, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Mar. 2024 Though lower than the others, Lubbock loses points due to its lower livability score of 78. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 15 Feb. 2024 For those cities left, the team then looked at their livability index on AreaVibes, and combined all the data to come up with its top 15 cities. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 17 Nov. 2023 It was also ranked within the top 15 out of 583 total suburbs for affordability and livability. Reader Commentary, Baltimore Sun, 4 Jan. 2024 The same report showed that homeowners and buyers are looking for changes that improve functionality and livability. Kristine Gill, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Dec. 2023 Her work mixes the hallmarks of traditional English country homes, including fine arts, antiques and fabrics, with American ease and livability. Abigail Stone, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of livability was in 1850

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“Livability.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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