Katie Zager

Research Associate
Sycamore 208

Katie Zager is a Research Associate who uses mapping and spatial analysis to shed light on some of our region's most important issues. With a BA in Geography from Macalester College and an MA in Geography from UNC Charlotte, Zager brings a wealth of knowledge to her research.One of her major projects at the Urban Institute include the Quality of Life Explorer, an online tool to explore the social, housing, economic, environmental, and safety conditions in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Other research interests include health and healthcare access, urban rural connections, and the use of community indicators.

Stories by Katie Zager

The 2020 Census: What data are coming, what will we know - and when?

As community members and researchers, we are eagerly awaiting the results of the 2020 census. Here are some answers to common questions we’ve received about what’s happening.

Five key findings about the impact of COVID-19 on local renters and prioritizing rental assistance

COVID-19 has had an immediate and potentially lasting impact on the housing stability of low-income renters in Charlotte and the nation.

As Mecklenburg shelters in place, crowded housing conditions vary widely

Mecklenburg County residents are directed to stay at home through a new proclamation Tuesday, in order to limit their social contacts and slow the spread of coronavirus. But some residents could...

Airlines, facing a crisis, make up a big part of the Charlotte region’s economic heft

Charlotte is home to the world’s sixth-busiest airport by takeoffs and landings, and Charlotte Douglas International is often cited as the region’s most important economic asset. That’s why the...

How our changing landscape sustains us all

Ecosystems such as forests and wetlands provide clean air and water, food, building materials, and recreational opportunities. The benefits people receive from nature are referred to as “ecosystem...