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Quality of Life Explorer helps residents learn more and take action in their neighborhoods

The City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, in partnership with the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute and towns of Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville recently released the updated Quality of Life Explorer, an interactive online tool that provides Mecklenburg County residents with a snapshot of social, housing, economic, environmental, health and safety conditions in their neighborhoods and across the community.  The 2015 update of the tool includes additional variables and more functionality for residents in the towns to explore trends and information in and around their neighborhoods.

So what’s included?
• More than 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
• The ability to view trends over time
• Links to more than 100 resources and programs that can provide local residents with additional assistance
• Maps, data tables and summary reports for more than 450 neighborhood profile areas

How can you use the dashboard?

The Quality of Life Explorer provides residents with the information they need to determine neighborhood priorities, discover assets and plan for the future. Check out the Explorer online to learn more about what’s happening, see trends over time, and connect to resources to take action on the issues that matter to you.

Want a summary report for your neighborhood?
It's as easy as 1-2-3!

1 - Go to http://mcmap.org/qol

2 - Type your address in the search bar where it says "Search Map" and select your address from the drop-down list that appears. You can 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" and you can give your report a custom name.

Interested in learning more?
Check out the Quality of Life Explorer online now: mcmap.org/qol

Contact qualityoflife@charlottenc.gov with questions, or request a customized training for your organization or group at needaspeaker@charmeck.org or 704-336-2175.
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