The Daily Observer

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Murder, Poverty, and the Inner City

What are the two things that people think of when they hear the term "Inner City"? Crime and Poverty. Those two seem to go together like bread and butter. Or do they? I wanted to find out if there really was a correlation between the two, and examine what the nature of the correlation was. Using data from the most recent Census data (2006 Census, which reported 2005 income data) and Winnipeg Police press releases, I made a combination choropleth/dot map showing Homicide and Low Income incidence in Winnipeg's inner city. The the darker the neighbourhood is shaded, the higher its proportion of low income people. Each dead body shows the location of a homicide in 2005. You can examine the results for yourself.

The map. Click to view full size.

Or, if you prefer, the map is available in SVG format.Link

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