On Minimalistic Maps: Mapping Population Density in the Philippines

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We take a break and try to plot some cool minimalistic plots of population density in the Philippines.

TJ Palanca https://www.twitter.com/tjpalanca

Minimalistic maps

Taking the idea from the Population Lines Print by Spatial.ly / Dr James Cheshire, we plot local population density maps for the Philippines in the same style. The data is taken from the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC).

Philippine population density maps

Fortunately, the process was relatively straightforward and it was not difficult to produce the same cool faux-3D population peak effect with a bit of data wrangling and good old ggplot2. Here are some I’ve produced for key Philippine metropolitan areas and my home region Bicol.


Here are the notebooks containing the code, results, and commentary behind the post. You may download the resulting code and run it yourself, provided:

You may also view the GitHub Repository here for the complete code and analysis that went into this post.


If you see mistakes or want to suggest changes, please create an issue on the source repository.


Text and figures are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. Source code is available at https://github.com/tjpalanca/population-lines, unless otherwise noted. The figures that have been reused from other sources don't fall under this license and can be recognized by a note in their caption: "Figure from ...".


For attribution, please cite this work as

Palanca (2017, May 1). TJ Palanca: On Minimalistic Maps: Mapping Population Density in the Philippines. Retrieved from https://www.tjpalanca.com/posts/2017-05-01-on-minimalistic-maps/

BibTeX citation

  author = {Palanca, TJ},
  title = {TJ Palanca: On Minimalistic Maps: Mapping Population Density in the Philippines},
  url = {https://www.tjpalanca.com/posts/2017-05-01-on-minimalistic-maps/},
  year = {2017}