Today’s map is a Valentine’s Day treat for all the single ladies and men in Halifax, Nova Scotia. By manipulating 2006 Census data at the tract level, I’ve plotted maps that show the marital status of all the men and women in Halifax.(*)
1. Women who are not in a married relationship in Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2006 Census:
2. Men who are not in a married relationship in Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2006 Census:
(*) Careful attention must be given to meaning of these values. These maps represent the marital status of all people living in a tract, over the age of 15 – a question that was asked on the 2006 Census. When a person was asked this question, they could respond by stating that they were:
- Never legally married (single)
- Legally married (and not separated)
- Legally married (but separated)
For the purposes of these maps, I have considered anyone who answered “Never legally married (single)”, “Legally married (but separated)”, “Divorced”, or “Widowed” to be your potential special some one who you might meet by accident walking down Spring Garden Road on a sunny, Sunday afternoon.
Note, however, that this census question does not take into account people who are living in a common-law relationship. StatCan was concerned with marital status as opposed to “relationship status” when asking this question. The number of common-law relationships in a tract therefore muddles the values because some one who is “never been married (single)” or “divorced,” for instance, may actually be living with some one in a common-law relationship. In the future I’ll manipulate the numbers to account for this, so for now understand that these maps, strictly speaking, reflect marital status in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Population of Halifax, aged 15 or above: 312,650
- Males, 15+: 148,390
- Males 15+, not in a marital relationship: 74,490 (50.2%)
- Females, 15+ 164,260
- Females, 15+, not in a marital relationship: 90,350 (55.0%)
Please feel free to comment on the maps or to note any errors to be corrected. In the mean time, Happy Valentine’s Day.
Citations and disclaimers.
These maps were published with data gathered from Statistics Canada 2006 Census Tracts as well as from aggregated data retrieved from the Equinox data delivery system (Tables 97-552-XCB2006005 and 97-552-XCB2006006). This data was used strictly for scholarly research purposes and in no way in the pursuit of any commercial or income-generating venture.