Annual Survey

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Annual Survey is an affordable means of gauging public opinion on a wide range of community issues. By sharing the cost of survey research, agencies and organizations can obtain high quality, scientific information on topics of their choice. This collaborative approach allows survey sponsors to obtain customized information on attitudes, preferences, and interests for a fraction of the usual cost of an individual survey project.

About the program

Now accepting questions for the next survey

For more than 30 years, the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute survey of Mecklenburg County residents has become an important resource for local governments and nonprofit agencies. The survey allows agencies to discern community attitudes about issues important to their work in an affordable way.

If you would like to participate in the next Annual Survey or have questions about the institute’s survey services, contact Diane Gavarkavich at

The next survey will take place in late Fall 2017.

What are the costs?

The cost of the first question is $1,150, with each additional question priced according to the total number of questions purchased:

Number of Questions* Fee per Question**
2 to 10 questions $1000
11 to 15 questions $900

* If you have more than 15 questions, please contact us to discuss fielding a survey for your specific project.
** The increase in cost in 2017 will allow the cell phone sample be increased to 75% of the total sample.

What’s included?

As part of our annual survey service we provide the following:

  • A representative sample of 400 adult residents of Mecklenburg County
  • Help drafting your questions in order to optimize results
  • Data breakdowns according to demographic characteristics
  • Optional dashboard for sharing survey results

Please inquire how we can customize our services to fit your survey research needs.

Articles about Annual Survey

  • Pencils and survey.

    Have questions that need answers? Institute’s survey can help

    If your agency or organization would like an affordable, reliable way to gauge public opinion and attitudes, the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute’s annual survey of Mecklenburg County residents may suit your research needs.
  • The 2014 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Annual Survey will be conducted in April.

    Institute accepting questions for 2014 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Annual Survey

    The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute is signing up participants for the 2014 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Annual Survey. The year’s first survey is scheduled for April, so if your agency or nonprofit would like to obtain more information, there is still time. (Photo: iStock)
  • Survey: Mecklenburg seen as generally welcoming

    Is Mecklenburg County a welcoming place? Most people here think so, according to a survey from the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute. A majority of Mecklenburg residents surveyed agreed or strongly agreed that Charlotte welcomes people regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, immigration status or economic status. (Photo: Nancy Pierce)
  • Survey: Mecklenburg majority believes Earth is warming

    Almost 70 percent of Mecklenburg County residents surveyed during the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute's Annual Survey said they think there’s solid evidence the Earth has warmed in recent decades. An even larger majority said it’s a somewhat or very serious problem. (Photo: Takver, via