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​​​​The Quality of Life Explorer

The Quality of Life Explorer looks at the social, housing, economic, environmental and safety conditions in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.  

Local residents, businesses, service providers, government agencies, realtors, universities and others can use the Explorer to learn more about the county and its neighborhoods, develop programs and services, and plan for the future.

What's included?
  • Over 80 variables providing detailed information about neighborhood housing stock, household income, jobs, health, education, tree canopy coverage, crime rates, code violations, community engagement, energy consumption and much more
  • Maps, trend information, data tables and summary reports for 462 neighborhood profile areas
  • Ability to explore data by custom geographies (i.e., the light rail corridor, school zones, business districts, or jurisdiction such as the City of Charlotte)
  • Links to hundreds of City, County and community resources to help people learn more and take action
Want a summary report for your neighborhood?  It's as easy as 1-2-3!
  1. Go to
  2. Type your address in the search bar where it says "Search Ma p" and select your address from the drop-down list that appears.  Then click the "Show Map" button beneath the map to make sure you landed in the right place.
  3. Click the "Report" button beneath the map to generate a summary report of all the information in the Quality of Life Explorer.  And you're done!  Or, click on the report header where it says "Summary Report" to give your report a custom name.

Program History
The Quality of Life Explorer was created in partnership among the City of CharlotteMecklenburg County, and the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute , with the towns of Cornelius , Davidson , Huntersville , Matthews , Mint Hill  and Pineville .

The Quality of Life Explorer, formerly the Quality of Life Study, has been a resource to our community for more than 20 years.  In 2012, the study transformed into an interactive dashboard that included all of Mecklenburg County. Prior to this time, the data was available only in very large, printed reports (see below historical reports). Because of these changes, data prior to 2010 is not comparable to the data found on the dashboard today.