Explore Everything from Residential Segregation to How Much Trash You Generate with New Maps

Blog post by Ely Portillo
December 15, 2021

UNC Charlotte Urban Institute   (Charlotte)

Which parts of Charlotte use the most water? Where is our growth eating up whatever vacant land is left in Mecklenburg County? Where are the racial, economic and other dividing lines that crisscross our community?

You can answer these questions and more with the updated Quality of Life Explorer maps published online today. A joint venture between Mecklenburg County, the city of Charlotte and the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, these free, customizable, interactive maps allow you to visualize more than 80 sets of data broken down along geographic lines.

Drawing on variables from multiple sources, the Quality of Life Explorer maps also allow you to see how the data has changed over time. Use the slider at the bottom of each map to see previous years and watch the shifting patterns in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.

You can find all of the maps online here, as well as links to additional data and an explanation of the context behind each map.