Map of the Week: Passports
This week's map is the first of two looking at the percentage of passport-holders by neighbourhood, using postal codes as a proxy for neighbourhood.
So what does a passport map represent?
It seems to be a map of who has the resources for international travel, maybe or maybe not including the United States. (Windsor and Sarnia have fairly low rates of passport-holding, although the areas of New Brunswick along the U.S. border are high.)
Here are some screenshots of parts of the map. First, Toronto. High passport rates are seen along the Yonge St. corridor, in the west end, and along the northern tier of Scarborough. Low rates are found in the familiar check-mark shape of the low-income map of Toronto - this is recognizably an income map. The interactive version is worth a detailed look.
Next, Hamilton and Brantford. Inner-city Hamilton has lower rates than the suburbs, with rates falling the closer you get to the harbour. Brantford is an island of low rates.
Next, for want of a better term, the near north. The Hwy. 60/400 corridor shows higher rates than the rest of the region, with Sudbury showing much higher rates than North Bay. Petawawa pops out as having higher rates than the rest of the Upper Ottawa Valley.
Ottawa shows a clear progression from urban to suburban to rural, with the suburbs showing high rates, and the inner city more mixed.
I've been trying to figure out what to do with the increasingly stale population FSA population figures from the 2006 census. Areas where there has been serious population growth, like the downtown condo districts, show obviously wrong results when data a few months old is divided by the 2006 population. For this map I have excluded some of these, as well as any FSA with a population below 2,000. I'm not sure it's a good solution, but it's the best I've been able to come up with for now.