Wednesday, January 30, 2013

City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County Release Enhanced Interactive Quality of Life Study

The City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County have recently released the new Quality of Life Study, performed under contract with University of North Carolina – Charlotte (UNCC) Metropolitan Studies Institute. The Quality of Life Study is a collection of social, crime, physical, economic and environmental conditions that provide a snapshot of the health of our neighborhoods. The study is commonly used by residents, service providers, government agencies, real estate agents, and universities to help understand the dynamics of neighborhoods. The study data also helps organizations develop programs and determine service delivery strategies for Charlotte-Mecklenburg residents.

Between 2003 and 2010, the study included neighborhoods within the City of Charlotte geography. In 2012, the study geography was expanded to include the Towns of Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill, and Pineville through a collaborative effort with Mecklenburg County.

For the first time, the new study report format features an interactive web 'Dashboard' with maps and graphs to display data in a user friendly platform at Each variable contains website links to resources for more detailed information. Another feature of the dashboard is the capability to customize neighborhood reports from the data.

Historic Washington Heights Neighborhood Association President, Mattie Marshall, comments, "After reading an article about the new Quality of Life Dashboard, I immediately logged on to the website and was impressed with how easy I was able to navigate and access information. It's a valuable tool and user friendly. It's loaded with lots of information and data with helpful links that will have a major impact on the quality of life in our neighborhoods. I am so happy the labels (Challenged, Transitioning, Stable) are gone. The Study is a valuable tools and resource.

The City and County invite citizens to attend one of the upcoming community meetings to learn how the new interactive online dashboard can be used to get a snapshot of their neighborhood's health and generate a report. This, in turn, can help neighborhoods develop their future work plans and choose areas of focus based on what they believe a positive quality of life looks like in their neighborhoods.

The following dates and locations across the County have been secured for the public meetings:

East Charlotte
• Independence Regional Library, 6000 Conference Drive, Charlotte
• Tuesday, February 12, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
• Hickory Grove Library, 5935 Hickory Grove Road, Charlotte
• Wednesday, February 13, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

South Charlotte
• South County Regional Library, 5801 Rea Road, Charlotte
• Friday, February 15, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
• Morrison Regional Library, 7015 Morrison Boulevard, Charlotte
• Tuesday, March 5, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

North Mecklenburg County
• North County Regional Library, 16500 Holly Crest Road, Huntersville.
• Tuesday, February 19, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

North Charlotte
• Beatties Ford Regional Library, 2412 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte
• Thursday, February 28, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

West Charlotte
• West Boulevard Library, 2157 West Boulevard, Charlotte
• Tuesday, February 26, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

• Wednesday, February 27, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Citizens can email with questions, or to request a customized training for their neighborhood or business group. To learn more about the new Quality of Life Study, visit: