Urban Institute

Amy Anderson lives in northwest Charlotte with her son, Aaron, 13. Their business AnderBerry Bracelets is their main income source, and making the monthly rent is a struggle.
David Boraks / WFAE

Mecklenburg County's annual report on homelessness and housing instability shows that despite some progress, the need for lower-cost housing continues to rise in the Charlotte region. The new numbers are a reminder of just how acute the shortage remains, especially for residents at the low end of the income spectrum.

NICK DE LA CANAL / WFAE

Native Charlotteans are sometimes described as unicorns — so rare they also seem mystical. Transplants, on the other hand, seem far more common, and one WFAE listener says it feels like their numbers have grown considerably in the last decade.

Houses on South Hill Street in the Smithville neighborhood of Cornelius.
David Boraks / WFAE

A new study of north Mecklenburg County shows a need for more housing aimed at people making less than $40,000 a year. UNC Charlotte's Urban Institute looked at population growth, employment patterns and housing in the towns of Davidson, Cornelius and Huntersville.

UN World Urbanization Prospects Report, 2014 Update

North Carolina’s two largest urban centers—Charlotte and Raleigh—will grow faster than any other large cities in the U.S. over the next fifteen years, according to a projection from a new United Nations study of world population growth.