Mapping the 2011 census

by Patrick Cain

We were busy Tuesday pumping out maps from the latest census release, which covered age and sex – too busy to blog about it until now.

The system we use is based on a KML file of census tracts in Fusion Tables – while the map series presents as 15 local maps, it’s actually 15 local views of one national map. The advantage of this system is that we only have to upload one map per subject, but (for example) Winnipeg can be sent the URL for Winnipeg’s maps, and so forth. The eight now 12 new maps mostly focus on specific demographic slices, like over-65s, and gender ratios.

(Below is a Toronto-area map showing the percentage of children aged 0-9.)

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About Leslie Young

A budding data and database geek, I try to turn numbers into stories. I've been with Global News since the spring of 2011. Find me on Twitter @leslieyoung
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