DAVIDSON – Established in 1993, Charlotte’s Quality of Life Study was developed to evaluate and address needs in the city’s neighborhoods.

The study broke up the city into 173 areas that consisted of one or more neighborhoods or subdivisions.

It was used to examine sections of the city based on 20 neighborhood variables collected from local databases maintained by the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

In 2012, the study was expanded beyond Charlotte to include all six towns, Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill, and Pineville, inside Mecklenburg County.

The original 173 Neighborhood Statistical Areas have been expanded to 464 areas, and the 20 variables expanded to 80.

County officials and professors from UNC Charlotte in charge of the study presented findings to the Davidson Town Board at its Jan. 22 working session.

The new study is a collection of social, crime, physical, economic and environmental conditions that provide a snapshot of the health of each of county’s neighborhoods.

The purpose of the study is to allow residents, service providers, government agencies, real estate agents, and universities a better understanding of the dynamics of their neighborhoods.

The data also helps organizations develop relevant programs and better service delivery strategies to Mecklenburg County residents.

The biggest change to the study has been the move to get the study online.

The report format now features an interactive web ‘Dashboard’ with maps and graphs to display data in a user-friendly platform.

Each of the 80 variables contains website links to resources for more detailed information.

The dashboard includes variables for each neighborhood including median age of residents, median household income, violent crime rate and CMS dropout rate.

Another feature of the dashboard is the capability to search the data for a specific neighborhood based on your computer’s IP address.

– Staff report

Want to know more?

Visit http://maps.co.mecklenburg.nc.us/qoldashboard to access the interactive dashboard and see how your neighborhood ranks in your town and throughout the county.