The Charlotte Regional Data Trust was founded by the UNC Charlotte Foundation in 2004 and merged with the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute in 2012. Its mission is to provide social resources that advance university research and increase the community’s capacity for data-based planning and evaluation.
The Quality of Life Explorer is an interactive mapping tool to explore the social, housing, economic, environmental, and safety conditions in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Local residents, businesses, service providers, government agencies, realtors, universities and more can use the Explorer to learn more about the county and its neighborhoods, develop programs and services, and plan for the future.
Developed in partnership with Mecklenburg County, the Housing & Homelessness Dashboard and annual housing reports enable the community to be acquire and use data. The portal serves as a one-stop-resource for housing and homelessness information, featuring data and research, information on local initiatives, and a weekly blog offering analysis on local data.
The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute's data portal includes facts about the Charlotte region from among 11 topic areas. You can compare your county to the metro region and the state, and explore in-depth data from our partner organizations.
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Rachel Jackson-Gordon is a Research Associate at the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, where she started in May 2022. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati’s Educational Studies’ Research Methods program, where she focused on Educational and Community-Based Action Research.Read more >
The Urban Institute is a part of the urbanCORE (formerly known as Metropolitan Studies and the Office of Urban Research & Community Engagement), which is a unit of Academic Affairs. Our mission is to provide community-based research services to local, regional, and state-level clients. Our key off-campus partners include local governments, non-profit organizations, and community groups.