The Carolinas Urban-Rural Connection

The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute is engaged in a two-year project, funded by The Duke Endowment, that intends to bring greater understanding to the economic and social interdependence that shaped regional growth in the central Carolinas in the past century, and what encompasses intraregional connections today.

Quality of Life Explorer

The Quality of Life Explorer is an interactive mapping tool to explore the social, housing, economic, environmental, and safety conditions in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Local residents, businesses, service providers, government agencies, realtors, universities and more can use the Explorer to learn more about the county and its neighborhoods, develop programs and services, and plan for the future.

Institute for Social Capital, Inc.

The Institute for Social Capital, Inc. was founded by the UNC Charlotte Foundation in 2004 and merged with the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute in 2012. Its mission is to provide social resources that advance university research and increase the community’s capacity for data-based planning and evaluation.

Opportunity Faculty Fellows

For the first time, the Institute has named a cohort of seven Faculty Fellows teams to conduct research projects and work alongside local stakeholders to identify solutions for some of the pressing needs and issues facing the greater Charlotte region.

Transportation Information Management System (TIMS)

The Transportation Information Management System (TIMS) provides N.C. public school systems a key resource for routing and scheduling buses. It is a collaboration among the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and the Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE) at North Carolina State University.

Center for Transportation Policy Studies (CTPS)

The Center for Transportation Policy Studies (CTPS) is dedicated to the study of transportation-related issues and policy. The Center conducts research that results in efficient investments and sound decisions for multimodal transportation systems and services.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Annual Survey

The Annual Survey is a public opinion survey of Mecklenburg County residents. Conducted for nearly 30 years, it collects high-quality data while clients share the cost of survey research. This lets many local agencies and groups obtain valuable information on topics of their choice.

Charlotte Regional Indicators Project

The Charlotte Regional Indicators Project tracks and assesses key indicators of quality of life for the 14-county, two-state region around Charlotte. The project provides objective, reliable, and relevant data measuring the region’s progress on a wide range of social, economic, and environmental indicators. offers residents and policymakers a look at problems and solutions in land use planning, neighborhood and urban design, environmental protection, transportation and other urban and regional issues. Through articles, analysis, mapping and other research, helps citizens make sound decisions.