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.