Laura Simmons

UNC Charlotte Urban Institute
Director of Community Indicators

Biography

Laura serves as the Director of Community Indicators at the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, where she works to help people find, interpret, and present data. She leads the Institute’s indicator projects including the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Quality of Life Explorer, which provides a wealth of data on neighborhoods across Mecklenburg County, and the Charlotte Regional Indicators, a resource for a variety of data on the region’s 14 counties. She also coordinates the Institute’s mapping and spatial analysis efforts.

Education

Laura holds a masters in geography from UNC Charlotte and a bachelor’s in geography from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.

Expertise

Laura has expertise in spatial analysis and mapping, data visualization, and applied research focusing on demographic and economic issues.

Articles

  • ui.uncc.edu
    Nov 16, 2016
    In honor of worldwide GIS Day, we're highlighting a recent map from one of our researchers, demonstrating how this sort of map can visually explain public policy issues.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Dec 18, 2015
    The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute is working with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force to present data shedding light on questions surrounding poverty and economic mobility in our community. This look at poverty facts for Mecklenburg County may surprise you.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Nov 19, 2015
    Many people know North Carolina is a major turkey producer, No. 2 in the U.S. But did you know it’s tops in sweet potatoes, or that South Carolina is No. 2 for collards? A Carolina atlas for your Thanksgiving meal.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Oct 15, 2015
    Nearly 200 people attended the third annual Charlotte Data Day on Oct. 6 -7. The event featured Richard Fry, a Pew Research Center expert on the Millennial generation, and sessions on demographic data and research.
  • plancharlotte.org
    Oct 15, 2015
    Nearly 200 people attended the third annual Charlotte Data Day on Oct. 6 -7. The event featured Richard Fry, a Pew Research Center expert on the Millennial generation, and sessions on demographic data and research.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Sep 08, 2015
    With a variety of international festivals opening in coming weeks, including the UNC Charlotte International Festival Oct. 17, we map where international populations are found in the region. 
  • plancharlotte.org
    Apr 15, 2015
    Just when many demographers were speculating that suburban growth was waning, the latest Census Bureau population estimates show a rebound. In the Charlotte region, for the first time since 2010, adjacent counties' growth rates have leapfrogged Mecklenburg's. 
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Apr 15, 2015
    Just when many demographers were speculating that suburban growth was waning, the latest Census Bureau population estimates show a rebound. In the Charlotte region, for the first time since 2010, adjacent counties' growth rates have leapfrogged Mecklenburg's. 
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Nov 11, 2014
    Charlotte is now a partner in a national effort to develop and use neighborhood information systems in local policy making and community building. 
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Apr 18, 2014
    The Youth Services Catalog includes all organizations that provide workforce development services for at-risk and disconnected youth in the Charlotte area.