Katie Zager

Social research specialist

Biography

Katie Zager is a social research specialist with UNC Charlotte Metropolitan Studies, where she works on the Quality of Life Dashboard and has worked with Carolinas Health Care system. She grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and has also lived in Texas, California and Minnesota.

Education

Zager received a bachelor's degree in geography in 2012 from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. In 2014 she earned a master's degree in geography from UNC Charlotte.

Expertise

Zager works with Census data, neighborhood analyses and GIS mapping. Other interests include the relationship between health outcomes and neighborhood-level factors.

Articles

  • ui.uncc.edu
    Sep 24, 2019
    To better understand commuter flows at select sites in the Carolinas Urban-Rural Connection region down to the individual level, we studied anonymized cell phone tracking data. We sought to determine how commuter connections differ between types of business districts and types of firms. By mapping the residential location of workers at a broad range of employment locations, we were able to make some judgements about the local economic impact, and community-building abilities of specific business types. 
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Sep 24, 2019
    An array of environmental, cultural and economic connections together give rise to the interdependence of the Carolinas Urban-Rural Connection study region.  But none of these connections are more economically significant than the flow of workers within our regional economy. Counties within the region relied on out-of-county commuters for their workforces more in 2015 than at any point in our history: nearly one-quarter of our region’s residents had jobs outside of their home county.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    May 05, 2016
    Since jobs are a good indicator of economic health, UNC Charlotte Urban Institute demographers decided to use the Quality of Life dashboard data to see whether jobs are spread evenly, per capita, across the city’s seven Charlotte City Council districts. What did we find?
  • plancharlotte.org
    May 06, 2015
    No single factor can define a “healthy community.” The newly updated Charlotte-Mecklenburg Quality of Life Explorer lets viewers assess a wide variety of community issues and indicators.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    May 06, 2015
    No single factor can define a “healthy community.” The newly updated Charlotte-Mecklenburg Quality of Life Explorer lets viewers assess a wide variety of community issues and indicators.