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John Chesser

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Senior Analyst

UNC Charlotte Urban Institute
Contact John Chesser
Phone: (704) 687-1192


John analyzes regional demographic trends for the Charlotte area and supports web communications and technology for the Institute. His work at the institute has included: research and project management, GIS, public process development, facilitation, data systems implementation, remote training and support, and specialized curriculum development in technology training. He has 20 years experience in consulting services.  Until 2008, he managed the institute’s project office for the Transportation Information Management System (TIMS), for western North Carolina.  This long-term program through the N.C. Department of Public Instruction provides state-of-the-art GIS based tools to all N.C. public school systems for transportation and planning. Through this program, he has extensive operational planning experience in public school transportation, student assignment and redistricting.  He also chairs the Davidson, N.C., Planning Board and Board of Adjustment.  


M.A. Geography, UNC Charlotte, urban and regional analysis concentration
B.A. Geography, UNC Chapel Hill


Urban development and demographic change; geographic information systems (GIS); web communications; school redistricting, pupil assignment; pupil transportation and school operational planning


Sep 24, 2014
Recently the site reported that of the largest U.S. metros, only Charlotte’s median income, “experienced a statistically significant decline” in 2013. What’s going on?That statement may signal to the casual reader that wages are...
Sep 02, 2014
Increasing teacher turnover has been in the news for districts across North Carolina. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools district is no exception – but what does teacher turnover look like when you get down to the individual school? Interactive maps...
Aug 27, 2014
City population projections produced by the United Nations show Charlotte and Raleigh as growing the fastest among large U.S. cities from 2010 to 2030. The United Nations produces population estimates and projections for cities from Shanghai to...
Jun 19, 2014
Want to know which of the state’s public high schools have above-average SAT scores? A map of income is a good place to start. Nationally, average SAT scores have bumped along in a narrow range since the late 1980s. (Read more.) A similar...
May 15, 2014
A new data resource about Gaston County is available through online, interactive dashboards. Trends on the county's demographics, economy, education, health and quality of life are tracked and compared to peer counties as well as state and national...
May 01, 2014
Charlotte never experienced the dramatic housing bubble seen in other places in the country, but the local market is still under its August 2007 peak as measured by the Case-Shiller Index. Explore our data dashboard (below) to see Charlotte’s...
Apr 03, 2014
North Carolina continues to grow faster than the U.S. average and faster than all but two other Southeastern states.* That growth is increasingly uneven and concentrated in the metro areas of Charlotte and Raleigh.The Carolinas have a long history...
Mar 13, 2014
Charlotte's metro has one of the fastest-growing college-educated populations in the U.S. Where exactly do the educated live in Charlotte? As people with college degrees cluster in metros, what does that mean for rural areas?The number of...
Feb 12, 2014
Whether you want to look up data or understand an issue or trend affecting the Charlotte region, the online resources of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute are available to help you. There are also many other programs on campus that work with local...
Feb 06, 2014
The carbon footprint of a household can vary greatly based on income and location. Researchers from UC Berkeley included these factors in a new analysis. The result is a set of interactive maps that show carbon footprints based on ZIP codes.**...