• New homes tell the story of a growing region

    It’s no secret the Charlotte region has seen a huge influx of newcomers, with homes built by the thousands. New Census data show the high percentage of homes that are only a few years old. With interactive, county-by-county data.
  • Where to shop or donate: Goodwill locations

    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)
  • Explore Goodwill stores & donation centers as well as the Youth Services Catalog. Graphic: UNC Charlotte Urban Institute

    Goodwill online resources

    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)
  • Metro changes affect Charlotte and regions across the country

    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)
  • Boundary change boosts Charlotte metro population

    In January, the Charlotte metro area population was 1.8 million people. In February, the metro area population was 2.3 million. Where did the half-million people come from? New boundaries were drawn for metropolitan statistical areas. (Photo: Downtown Chester, S.C., in Chester County, which was added to the Charlotte MSA. / Nancy Pierce)
  • Population changes in the Carolinas 2010-2012

    Updated census data shows a continued pattern of growth focused on the center of urban areas, reversing the trend of stronger suburban growth seen in the last decade.
  • CMS proficiency: Maps and trends

    Maps of student scores reveal patterns of high achievement in northern and southern parts of Mecklenburg County and a more complex mix of high and low scoring schools within Charlotte. (Photo: Nancy Pierce)
  • Mapping CMS high school data

    How well do you understand the differences between high schools in CMS? After years of rapid growth and changing demographics in Mecklenburg County, it may be time to update your perspective.
  • Mecklenburg charter schools: Maps, data and more

    Charter school students make up less than 6 percent of Mecklenburg’s public school student population. However, the county leads the state in the number of students attending charter schools. Interactive maps show where schools are and how they compare to each other.
  • Charlotte population growth: A clearer picture

    The Charlotte metro was definitely a hotbed of growth for the state during the past decade. But the pattern within the metro region is uneven, with much of the strongest population increases concentrated in areas north and south of Charlotte.