Eric Caratao

Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority
Research Analyst


Eric is a Research Analyst at Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority.  He formly worked at the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute as a Social Research Specialist.  His work at the Institute included: conducting needs assessments, program evaluations, focus groups, telephone and web-based surveys, database management and other various research services and technical assistance to community organizations, policymakers and educators. Eric’s research interests include organizations, demography and stratification.


M.A. in Sociology UNC Charlotte and B.A. in Sociology and English UNC Charlotte.


Human resources management, grant writing, research design, data collection and analysis, and market research.


    Jun 18, 2015
    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.
    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...
    Jan 14, 2014
    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)
    Dec 04, 2013
    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)
    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)
    Dec 07, 2011
    What are the greatest needs facing our community?  United Way of Central Carolinas posed this question to Mecklenburg County residents via the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute’s Annual Survey last spring. The survey found the greatest perceived community health need is preventive care, the greatest perceived need for children and youth is dropout prevention, and the greatest perceived need in housing and financial stability is job skills training.
    Nov 02, 2011
    Working with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Urban Institute, the Urban League of Central Carolinas is assessing the conditions and experiences of all people in an eight-county Charlotte region through a project called the State of Ethnic Charlotte. The project measures ethnic progress and disparities, both quantitatively and qualitatively, across four Equality Index areas: economics, education, health, and social justice.