Canadian Province Map, Bubbles

Arcadia Data enables you to measurements, as bubbles, over a map of Canadian Provinces and Territories. Bubble maps display up to two measurements simultaneously: as the color of the bubble, and as the relative size of the bubble.

A map of Canada shows a comparison of population among Canadian Provinces and Territories.

The following steps demonstrate how to create a new map of Canada, with population plotted as bubbles, by province. We are using the dataset Canadian Census, constructed from the files canada_census_population_dwellings.csv and ca-postal-codes.csv, and joined of the fields fsa and Postal Code, respectively. See Canadian Census. Also, see Adding Data and Creating Datasets.

Tip. Remember that to map province information, the dimension must be recognized as a Geo Type. See Specifying Geographic Fields.
  1. Start a new visual based on the Canadian Census dataset; see Creating Visuals.
  2. In the visuals menu, find and click Map (row 5, column 1).

    selecting map chart type
  3. Note that the shelves of the visual changed. They are now Geo, Color, Size, Drill, Tooltips, X Trellis, Y Trellis, and Filters.

    The only mandatory shelf for map visuals is Geo.

    shelves of map visual type
  4. Populate the shelves from the Data menu:

    • Under Dimensions, select Province from the table ca_postal_codes, and add it to the Geo shelf.
    • Under Measures, select Population 2011 from table canada_census_population_dwellings, and add it to the Measures shelf.
  5. Specify the use of the Canada Map View in the Settings > Map interface; see Map View.

  6. Click Refresh Visual.

  7. Change the display of marks to bubbles; see Displaying Bubbles on Maps.
  8. Change the mark size range to 1-30; see Changing the Mark Size Range.
  9. [Optional] We recommend changing or simply reversing the color palette to suit your needs; see Change Color Palette and Reverse Color Palette.
  10. [Optional] Alias the fields as necessary; see Alias.

  11. [Optional] Enable panning and zooming option, as described in Customizing Zoom.
  12. [Optional] Change the color palette, as described in Change Color Palette.
  13. Click (pencil icon) next to the title of the visualization to edit it, and enter the new name.

  14. Change the title to Canadian 2011 Population - Province Bubbles.
  15. At the top left corner of the Visual Designer, click Save.

    clicking to save

Your visual should look something like this:

Canadian Postal Codes Bubbles map