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Quality of Life Study


Welcome to the 2012 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Quality of Life Study, 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 our neighborhoods. The study data also helps organizations develop programs and determine service delivery strategies to 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. The following table highlights the major enhancements for 2012:

Previous Study New Study
City of Charlotte Geography Mecklenburg County Geography
173 Neighborhood Statistical Areas (NSA) 464 Neighborood Profile Areas (NPA)
4 Dimensions 8 Dimensions
20 Variables 80 Variables
Neighborhood Rankings (Stable, Transitioning, Challenged) Eliminated Rankings
Hardcopy Document Interactive Dashboard

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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.  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.


If you have questions or want to request a customized training for your neighborhood or business group, email:

2013 Quality of Life Public Meeting Presentation

Quality of Life Study Frequently Asked Questions

Quality of Life Study - New Dimensions and Variables

Quality of Life Study - New Dimensions and Variables - SPANISH VERSION