Publications

Aug 24, 2018
A new report from the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute combines homelessness and housing instability data, giving a more complete picture of the complexities of local housing needs. 
Aug 15, 2018
Institute researchers look at the ecosystem of college- and career-readiness programs in Mecklenburg County.
May 23, 2018
The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute and Mecklenburg County Community Support Services released “Charlotte-Mecklenburg Evictions Part 3: One-month Snapshot of Eviction Court Records” on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.  
Sep 25, 2017
The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute and Mecklenburg County Community Support Services released a report Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, looking at evictions in the county. It is the first of three reports on the topic.  Click image or the following link to download a copy of the report, Charlotte-...
May 09, 2017
Each January volunteers fan out across Charlotte to try to count the number of people lacking a home. This year’s numbers point to reason for hope.
Mar 13, 2017
Homelessness and housing instability affect the family, health, academic and social-emotional well-being of homeless families with children. This study of homelessness in Charlotte-Mecklenburg finds that more than 4,000 students are homeless or unstably housed.
Dec 01, 2016
Are Millennials really so different from other generations? When it comes to housing preferences and opinions, the answer seems to be: Yes. And no.
Sep 21, 2016
What are other communities doing to address the need to develop affordable housing in their communities? A new report from the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute presents 12 affordable housing strategies other cities are using.
Jul 11, 2016
A recent report finds that in the Mecklenburg County metro area, a minimum-wage worker must work 92 hours a week to afford rent and utilities for a basic two-bedroom apartment.
Apr 27, 2016
The most recent count of homelessness in Mecklenburg County—undertaken on one night in January— found overall homelessness had decreased by 36 percent since 2010.
Dec 18, 2015
The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute is working with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force to present data shedding light on questions surrounding poverty and economic mobility in our community. This look at poverty facts for Mecklenburg County may surprise you.
Nov 23, 2015
As part of a continuing series of reports on housing and homelessness in Mecklenburg County, UNC Charlotte Urban Institute researchers looked at homelessness and veterans.
Oct 27, 2015
Almost half of Mecklenburg County’s rental households are cost-burdened, a new report from the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute finds. That means they spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing. 
Oct 01, 2015
A year-long institute study of a McClintock Middle School public-private partnership known as McPIE found a higher proportion of the students taking part in the group’s activities passed eighth- and ninth-grade Common Core math and science exams, and they averaged fewer days absent.
May 15, 2015
How is Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s homeless population changing? The new Charlotte-Mecklenburg Point in Time Count for 2009-2015 describes who is experiencing homelessness.
Feb 23, 2015
A year-long study of the needs of Mecklenburg County’s elderly population found the county’s approach to older adults should focus on stronger and longer-term planning, supported by stronger collaboration among service providers.
Oct 08, 2014
Collective Impact is a collaborative approach that brings together stakeholders working towards shared goals in order to make significant change in communities. The Collective Impact for Children & Youth project was launched by the United Way of the Central Carolinas in the spring of 2012. This...
May 08, 2014
Charlotte's Windy Ridge neighborhood has drawn extensive publicity as an extreme example of a neighborhood "built to fail." In a new article for an academic journal, three UNC Charlotte researchers conclude that one factor in its failure was Charlotte's "growth-machine" culture. A Q-and-A interview. (Photo: Josh MCann)
Apr 08, 2014
What are the characteristics of Mecklenburg County’s homeless population and how has it changed over time? To try to answer those questions, Mecklenburg County each year performs the Point in Time (PIT) Count, a federally mandated act to determine the prevalence and characteristics of homeless...
Aug 29, 2013
Click here to read the article that explains this data dashboard.
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)
Feb 28, 2013
Local perceptions may not have caught up with the new reality in the Charlotte region’s manufacturing economy. Even before the recession began in 2007, declines in the textile and furniture industries were changing the structure of local employment. As the downturn continued, counties that depended less on textile and furniture manufacturing lost fewer jobs. The result: Several counties traditionally considered centers of manufacturing employment, such as Gaston, now have a smaller percentage of jobs in manufacturing than fast-growing Union.
Feb 06, 2013
The Collective Impact Baseline study is part of United Way’s pilot initiative to increase the graduation rate over the next 10 years for the community’s most vulnerable youth. This data will be used to create a the baseline against which United Way and its agencies will be measured in the goal to increase the graduation rate for at-risk children being served with United Way support.
Oct 16, 2012
Public health is something every community strives for.  In our region, Gaston County is no exception.  Gaston County has recently experienced a reduction in the percent of adults who are obese by raising awareness of the importance of prevention and keeping individuals healthy.
Oct 02, 2012
The fourth quarter 2012 Charlotte Business Confidence Index report, released Sept. 28, shows Mecklenburg County business leaders’ optimism about economic prospects declined compared to expectations for the third quarter.
Jul 19, 2012
As part of United Way's Collective Impact Initatiave for Children & Youth, The Larry King Center of the Council for Children's Rights conducted a comprehensive review of dropout prevention programs. This summary table presents information about research-informed dropout interventions and practices being put into action across the country.
Jul 19, 2012
Last year’s high school dropouts will cost North Carolina an estimated $4.4 billion in lost income, taxes and productivity over the students’ lifetimes, according to a recent Alliance for Excellent Education report.  Although most people understand that education level affects income, it may come as a surprise just how much of a difference a high school diploma can make for both an individual’s earnings and wealth and to the community at large.
Jul 19, 2012
As part of United Way's Collective Impact Initatiave for Children & Youth, The Larry King Center of the Council for Children's Rights conducted a comprehensive literature review of factors that influence school dropout and graduation rates. This summary table is one of three products from this research and categorizes the dropout predictors by developmental timeframe (Conception to three years, preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school) and domain addressed (child factors, family factors, community factors).  
Jul 19, 2012
As part of United Way's Collective Impact Initatiave for Children & Youth, The Larry King Center of the Council for Children's Rights conducted a comprehensive literature review of factors that influence school dropout and graduation rates.  This annotated bibliography is one of three products from this research and presents more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles that found predictors with a statistically significant relationship to dropping out of or completing high school.  
May 01, 2012
With unemployment only beginning to dissipate across the Charlotte region, the demand for workforce development remains at an unprecedented high.  In particular, there is a growing need for customized training for disconnected youth, returning veterans, and seniors and a huge demand for stronger soft-skills training.  These are among the main findings of a recent study the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute conducted for Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont.
May 01, 2012
In March 2012, Goodwill commissioned the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute to conduct a literature review of the workforce development sector’s needs across its eighteen-county region..  The report revealed major themes surrounding system needs, target populations and most valuable skills training. 
Apr 30, 2012
This presentation was given at the 2012 Women's Summit, during interactive, hands-on sessions on how to use the Wonmen's Summit Indicator Partner website.  The presentation includes an introduction to the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, the Charlotte Regional Indicators Project, and the Women's Summit Indicator Partner website.
Apr 02, 2012
As Mecklenburg County business leaders look ahead to the second quarter, their optimism about the economic outlook has improved.
Mar 20, 2012
Whether you need to know what county in the Charlotte region grew the fastest last year, or where in the region support for the arts is strongest, a new interactive tool can answer your questions. Table Explorer, available through the Charlotte Regional Indicators Project contains a wide range of data for the Charlotte region as well as comparative data between the Charlotte metro area and selected metro areas across the U.S.
Mar 07, 2012
Data on schools and school districts are abundant.  Both the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) and North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s websites hold a wealth of data at both levels.  But with a district as large as CMS, it is painstaking work to analyze school-level data in a meaningful way.  In June 2011, the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute developed a set of interactive maps in partnership with MeckEd to make this rich data more approachable.  These maps have now been updated with the most recent figures available, the 2010-11 school year.
Feb 28, 2012
From 1976 to 2005, developed land in the 16-county Greater Triangle and Rocky Mount region increased nearly 570 percent, from 39,743 developed acres in 1976 to 264,883 acres in 2005. By 2040 this figure is expected to increase nearly 150 percent or an additional 393,925 acres, according to projections just released from a forthcoming study by researchers at the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) at UNC Charlotte.
Feb 10, 2012
In September 2009, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont commissioned the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute to assess the need for a workforce development program for youth in the community and recommend any changes that should be made to put its fledgling Youth Job Connection program on the right track.
Feb 10, 2012
In September 2009, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont commissioned the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute to assess the need for a workforce development program for youth in the community and recommend any changes that should be made to put its fledgling Youth Job Connection program on the right track.
Feb 10, 2012
The Goodwill Youth Services Catalog has been updated.  This catalog includes all organizations and programs that provide services related to workforce development for at-risk and disconnected youth in the Charlotte area.  It contains a range of information on each program/organization, including basic contact information, the mission, who it serves, what services it offers, and how it operates.
Jan 30, 2012
As part of the partnership between the Women’s Summit and UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, the institute produced four quarterly reports detailing the state of women in relation to work, wages and the great recession. These reports were used to highlight the differences between men and women in the workforce, with particular attention to the differing impact the recession had on men and women.
Jan 27, 2012
This report focuses on the disparity in earnings between men and women across industries in Mecklenburg County. The wage gap or ratio is an often cited statistic to highlight the disparity between the earnings of men and women. Most sources cite the wage gap in the United States being between 75 and 80 percent, meaning women only earn 75 to 80 percent of what men earn.
Jan 27, 2012
This report examines how men and women in Mecklenburg County fared during the Great Recession. It examines the overall features of the labor market and analyze some of the residual impacts the recession had on families. The goal of this report is to understand the local conditions for women and men during the recession and how these local conditions compared to those at the national level.
Jan 27, 2012
To shed light on the interconnectedness of personal and professional life, the Women’s Summit developed “Women, Wages and Work,” a year-long campaign dedicated to raising awareness of the challenges facing women as a result of pay inequity and to understanding how the issues traditionally considered “women’s issues” either influence, or are influenced by, women’s experiences in the workforce.  This is the first in a series of four reports.
Jan 27, 2012
This report analyzes how women fared in the workplace at the national level after the Great Recession, which ended in June 2009, compared to their status before it began. This report also compares women to their male counterparts before and after the recession in terms of total job growth, job growth in the public sector, and wages earned.
Jan 19, 2012
When it comes to city-county consolidation, citizens should know that nothing is guaranteed. And some of the commonly held beliefs about consolidation may not, in fact, be accurate. One prime example: Despite fears in Mecklenburg's towns, in many recent city-county consolidations the smaller municipalities in a county weren’t part of the merged body.
Jan 05, 2012
The first quarter 2012 Charlotte Business Confidence Index report, released Jan. 3, shows Mecklenburg County business leaders' optimism about economic prospects in the first quarter improved compared to their expectations for the fourth quarter 2011. The overall index value of 54.6, an increase of 8.3 points compared to the fourth quarter, returned to a positive outlook on business confidence, after posting negative expectations for the first time in the fourth quarter.
Dec 15, 2011
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools included an online survey as part of the community input process for their new superintendent search.  The survey asked Mecklenburg county residents about what they thought were the most critical issues facing the district, and the traits and characteristics...
Nov 15, 2011
In June 2010, United Way of Central Carolinas commissioned the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute to conduct a comprehensive community needs assessment for its five-county service area.  The primary purpose of the study was to pinpoint the community’s greatest needs and identify gaps in the current...
Nov 10, 2011
Charlotte is a city of transplants and has been for years. But in these trying economic times are people continuing to move here?  You’d better believe it.  In 2010, more than 65,000 people moved to Mecklenburg County from somewhere else – the equivalent of the whole city of Rock Hill moving over the state line. Who are these newcomers and where do they come from? Find out, and view a slide-show presentation of other economic and demographic analysis from the institute's researchers.  
Nov 02, 2011
All parents ask themselves “Is my child prepared?” as they think about the first day of kindergarten.  Some begin pondering this question even before their child enters a pre-k program.  Preparing children for school begins well before they step inside the classroom.  Developmental...