Need the freshest data available on the Charlotte region's crime rate, home prices or manufacturers?
UNC Charlotte's Urban Institute might have the information available - online.
The institute's goal is to offer more than just the numbers. It promises to offer context through its Charlotte Regional Indicators Project.
"Beyond gathering data from a range of sources and packaging it specifically for our region, the site offers commentary, analysis, mapping and context to help shed light on the trends and changes affecting our environment, economy and quality of life," said Jeff Michael, director of the Institute.
The institute is a nonpartisan applied research and community outreach center at UNC Charlotte. Its programs fall under Metropolitan Studies and Extended Academic Programs.
The institute offers a range of services, including technical assistance and training related to operations and data management; public opinion surveys; land-use and natural resources consulting; economic-development research; and community planning.
The institute created the Charlotte Regional Indicators Project in 2007 as a resource for understanding the Charlotte region and the challenges and opportunities it faces.
The website offers data on arts and culture, housing, transportation, government, health, public safety and other categories.
The institute works with a number of local and regional agencies to collect data.
Its partners include the Council for Children's Rights, Goodwill, MeckEd, the Women's Summit, United Way and Urban League.