Population growth in Charlotte has always come with plenty of costs, but rising incomes and prosperity were part of the expected returns. Yet during the recent economic downturn, as population growth continued, economic growth sputtered.
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. Unlike the past, today the two largest districts, Wake and Charlotte-Mecklenburg, now have the same rate, 81 percent. Explore data for all districts in North Carolina with our interactive dashboards.
It’s no secret the Charlotte region has experienced a huge influx of new residents. All those newcomers also needed homes – so homes were built by the thousands. New American Community Survey estimates show just how high a percentage of the region’s homes were built in recent years. Our interactive map lets you see county-by-county data.
Mecklenburg County is home to one of the largest veteran communities in North Carolina. As one of the Regional Indicators Partners, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont collaborates with the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute to monitor trends among veterans (and other populations Goodwill serves). This article features an infographic that provides a snapshot of the 55,000 veterans living in the county.
There are two new resources on Goodwill's Regional Indicators partner page – an interactive map of Goodwill locations and the updated Youth Services Catalog. Explore these resources with our interactive tools.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released the revised September 2013 unemployment numbers for all counties and metropolitan areas (MSAs). The new data show a decrease in the unemployment rate from 8.5 in August to 7.8 in September 2013 for the 14 county Charlotte region.