Laura Simmons

UNC Charlotte Urban Institute
Director of Community Indicators

Biography

Laura serves as the Director of Community Indicators at the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, where she works to help people find, interpret, and present data. She leads the Institute’s indicator projects including the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Quality of Life Explorer, which provides a wealth of data on neighborhoods across Mecklenburg County, and the Charlotte Regional Indicators, a resource for a variety of data on the region’s 14 counties. She also coordinates the Institute’s mapping and spatial analysis efforts.

Education

Laura holds a masters in geography from UNC Charlotte and a bachelor’s in geography from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.

Expertise

Laura has expertise in spatial analysis and mapping, data visualization, and applied research focusing on demographic and economic issues.

Articles

  • ui.uncc.edu
    Apr 17, 2014
    Our Regional Indicators website now has a new home on the institute’s main website. You’ll find all the data that was on the previous site, but with improved functionality and a new look.
  • plancharlotte.org
    May 23, 2013
    Goodwill puts people to work through its chain of retail stores. Whether you want to shop at a Goodwill store or donate items through a donation center or drop-off point, this new interactive map will help you find where to go. (Graphic: UNC Charlotte Urban Institute)
  • ui.uncc.edu
    May 23, 2013
    Goodwill puts people to work through its chain of retail stores. Whether you want to shop at a Goodwill store or donate items through a donation center or drop-off point, this new interactive map will help you find where to go. (Graphic: UNC Charlotte Urban Institute)
  • ui.uncc.edu
    May 23, 2013
    There are two new resources on Goodwill's Regional Indicators partner page – an interactive map of Goodwill locations and the updated Youth Services Catalog. Explore these resources in an interactive map. (Graphic: UNC Charlotte Urban Institute)
  • ui.uncc.edu
    May 23, 2013
    Mecklenburg County is home to one of the largest veteran communities in North Carolina. As one of the Regional Indicators Partners, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont collaborates with the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute to monitor trends among veterans (and other populations Goodwill serves). This article features an infographic that provides a snapshot of the 55,000 veterans living in the county. (Photo: Goodwill)
  • plancharlotte.org
    May 02, 2013
    Changes to how metropolitan areas are defined added nearly a half-million people to Charlotte’s MSA, making it the 23rd most populous in the country. How did the changes affect Charlotte's peer metro areas such as Atlanta (pictured)? (Photo: dbking, used under CC-BY-2.0)
  • ui.uncc.edu
    May 02, 2013
    Changes to how metropolitan areas are defined added nearly a half-million people to Charlotte’s MSA, making it the 23rd most populous in the country. How did the changes affect Charlotte's peer metro areas such as Atlanta (pictured)? (Photo: dbking, used under CC-BY-2.0)
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Mar 28, 2013
    More than 150 neighborhood organizers, nonprofit leaders, local government staff, academics, and interested citizens gathered March 26 at UNC Charlotte’s Center City building for the inaugural Charlotte Data Day. Materials presented at the event are now available online. (Photo: Selena Skorman)
  • plancharlotte.org
    Feb 20, 2013
    On March 26 the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County will host a forum in uptown Charlotte designed to tell the public about powerful sources of data and how to use them.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Feb 20, 2013
    On March 26 the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County will host a forum in uptown Charlotte designed to tell the public about powerful sources of data and how to use them.