Maps

Jun 07, 2017
This interactive map takes you on a virtual visit along the proposed Cross Charlotte Trail, with photos, updates on construction, little-known facts and information on plans for the future.
Jan 04, 2017
            When you hear “America’s Heartland,” what does that term mean? The New York Times asked readers to vote on which of nine maps best described the term. The winner may surprise you.
Oct 24, 2016
        This multicolor map displays all the river basins in the 48 contiguous U.S. states, showing, among other things, the massive size of the Mississippi basin. 
Jul 23, 2015
When the final leg of I-485 opened in June, motorists cheered its unclogged lanes. But a look at traffic count data for the outerbelt segments that opened 20 years ago in south Mecklenburg indicates that unclogged lanes may be a temporary condition.
Jul 14, 2015
The building of I-485 was one of the forces shaping Mecklenburg County growth patterns over a quarter century. Some areas near I-485 grew more than 1,000 percent. Our interactive map shows 30 years of population growth in Mecklenburg and nearby counties.
Mar 19, 2015
This map shows us the Bell Telephone network in 1910.  While landline telephones have largely been replaced with cell phones, this map of the old phone network shows which areas of the country had larger populations, as well as a higher income to afford a telephone.
Mar 06, 2015
This week’s EdMap examines the demographics of students during the 2013-14 school year.
Feb 26, 2015
This week's EdMap allows you to explore the prevalence of Title I schools by district.
Feb 25, 2015
A study by Richard Florida and Charlotta Mellander examine the geograpy of economic segregation in the United States.  These maps examine the roles that income, education and occupation play in each of the major metropolitan regions in the US.
Feb 23, 2015
This map by the Brookings Institute highlights the "bottom up" demographic change that is occurring in the United States as today's youth are considerably more racially diverse than previous generations. As a result of this demographic structure, the nation faces a "cultural generation gap." Yet...
Feb 23, 2015
There is an interesting spatial distribution of single men and women across the United States.  What makes this even more interesting is the difference when age groups are calculated.  In almost every major metro area in the country, between the ages of 18 and 34, single men outnumber single women.  However, in the age group of 45 to 64, single women tend to outnumber single men in most of the country's cities.
Feb 18, 2015
This week's EdMap allows you to explore the data showing applications for free and reduced lunch in districts statewide.
Oct 02, 2014
More young people than ever in the U.S. are unmarried, but the ratio of unmarried men to women varies from place to place. The Pew Research Center has put it all together in an interactive map.
Aug 29, 2013
Between 2006 and 2013, the rate of N.C. high school students graduating on time (in four years) rose from 68.3 percent to 82.5 percent. The state's two largest districts, Wake and Charlotte-Mecklenburg, now have the same rate, 81 percent. Explore data for all N.C. districts with our interactive dashboards. (Photo: iStock)
Jul 30, 2013
Development patterns along Charlotte's Blue Line show a mixed bag of more low-density neighborhoods than planners recommend. That means the corridor is brimming with opportunity to develop more intensely, and in a way that puts walkable, diverse urban neighborhoods near transit. (Photo: Melissa Currie)
Jul 10, 2013
It’s no secret the Charlotte region has seen a huge influx of newcomers, with homes built by the thousands. New Census data show the high percentage of homes that are only a few years old. With interactive, county-by-county data.
Jun 14, 2013
N.C. State researcher Joshua Katz has created an interactive map of national dialect differences.
Jun 11, 2013
How much parking space does an office really need?
Jun 11, 2013
The New Yorker created this interactive map of the craft brew industry in the U.S. Cheers. *Note: This map does not work in Microsoft Internet Explorer and some versions of Google Chrome.
Jun 11, 2013
This Pew Center map shows the geography of mortgage interest deductions, down to the zip code level.
May 23, 2013
Goodwill puts people to work through its chain of retail stores. Whether you want to shop at a Goodwill store or donate items through a donation center or drop-off point, this new interactive map will help you find where to go. (Graphic: UNC Charlotte Urban Institute)
May 02, 2013
Changes to how metropolitan areas are defined added nearly a half-million people to Charlotte’s MSA, making it the 23rd most populous in the country. How did the changes affect Charlotte's peer metro areas such as Atlanta (pictured)? (Photo: dbking, used under CC-BY-2.0)
Mar 28, 2013
In January, the Charlotte metro area population was 1.8 million people. In February, the metro area population was 2.3 million. Where did the half-million people come from? New boundaries were drawn for metropolitan statistical areas. (Photo: Downtown Chester, S.C., in Chester County, which was added to the Charlotte MSA. / Nancy Pierce)
Mar 20, 2013
Of metro areas with more than 1 million people, Charlotte ranked ninth nationally in population growth from 2011 to 2012. That growth was strongest at the center of the metro area, in Mecklenburg County, which outpaced the suburban counties in the region for the second year. (Image: Bing maps)
Mar 17, 2013
Updated census data shows a continued pattern of growth focused on the center of urban areas, reversing the trend of stronger suburban growth seen in the last decade.
Jan 29, 2013
Maps of student scores reveal patterns of high achievement in northern and southern parts of Mecklenburg County and a more complex mix of high and low scoring schools within Charlotte. (Photo: Nancy Pierce)
Jan 15, 2013
How well do you understand the differences between high schools in CMS? After years of rapid growth and changing demographics in Mecklenburg County, it may be time to update your perspective.
Jan 09, 2013
The new Charlotte-Mecklenburg Quality of Life Dashboard gives information on a variety of neighborhood conditions, providing some of the most extensive neighborhood-level information available in the United States.
Nov 29, 2012
Read more about the origins of this map and its Australian creator, Cameron Booth at The Atlantic Cities site.
Nov 07, 2012
Commuting stories – we’ve all got one.  How does your commute time stack up to your fellow Mecklenburg resident?  Check out our maps, using 2010 U.S. Census data to break down average commute times.
Oct 02, 2012
The Charlotte metro was definitely a hotbed of growth for the state during the past decade. But the pattern within the metro region is uneven, with much of the strongest population increases concentrated in areas north and south of Charlotte.
Sep 26, 2012
These maps show a breakdown of the SAT scores for school districts in the Charlotte region.
Sep 12, 2012
In spite of the higher levels of unemployment Charlotte has experienced in this downturn, its relatively educated workforce appears to be a long-term strength – but is it? How does Charlotte compare to other metros? These maps allow you to explore education and employment among the largest U.S. metro regions.
Aug 22, 2012
An interactive map showing subdivisions in the Charlotte region that were not completed as originally planned due to the economic downturn.
Aug 08, 2012
How much are homes in your neighborhood worth? The era of upside-down mortgages and foreclosures has left homeowners across the country anxious about home values – theirs and their neighbors'. In the midst of this housing market upheaval, explosive growth in the Charlotte region has reshaped residential patterns.
Jul 20, 2012
This map shows the differences in growth rates during different periods in the last decade.  Charlotte's MSA experienced rapid exurban growth during the 2000s, but that rate slowed late in the decade, from 2007 to 2010.  From Metrotrends at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C.
Jul 18, 2012
Watch the spread of Walmart and Sam's clubs across the country by year. From Flowing Data
Jul 18, 2012
Take a look at the geography of manufacturing in the Carolinas. What sectors are important in today's economy?
May 30, 2012
How has uptown Charlotte changed in the past century? An interactive map that depicts the dramatic change since 1911.
May 30, 2012
Zillow shows the percent of homeowners who are "underwater," meaning they owe more than their home is worth. Search the interactive map by county or ZIP code, based on Zillow's first quarter 2012 data.
May 24, 2012
This interactive map of the U.S. displays data on food availability, local foods, health and socioeconomic statistics.
May 22, 2012
After decades of decline, manufacturing jobs across the country have seen a modest uptick. This long period of industry restructuring has left a strikingly different geography of manufacturing in the Carolinas; we still make furniture and textiles, but that’s not the whole story anymore.
May 08, 2012
Forbes created this interactive map with Internal Revenue Service data for years 2005 to 2010.
May 08, 2012
This animated map shows surface winds across the U.S.  Zooming in allows for more detailed view of wind patterns which are updated hourly.
May 06, 2012
This signature project of the Brookings Metropolitian Policy Program focues on the large metro areas of the U.S.  A series of interactive maps and data tables show trends in population, education, income and commuting among other topics.
May 04, 2012
The New York Times created this map showing changes in demographics between the 2000 and 2010 census.
Apr 18, 2012
Where are urban regions growing – in their cores or suburbs? What is happening in rural areas? New population figures have fostered speculation about what growth in urban regions will be like in the future.  For rural parts of the Carolinas, the issue isn’t about growth at all, but widespread decline in population.
Apr 16, 2012
This map shows estimated change in population from 2010 to 2011 in the Carolinas.
Feb 20, 2012
Explore school data for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for the 2010-2011 school year with these interactive maps.
Dec 15, 2011
Walk Score assigns each U.S. city a numeric score that rates its walkability. The map lets you zoom into individual neighborhoods to see their scores.