Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Test Your Local Knowledge

In recent years the UK's Office for National Statistics has been very creative in its use of interactive maps to help visualize census and other government data. Their new online map game is proving to be the most popular yet.

How Well Do You Now Your Area? is an online quiz which tests your knowledge of your local area, using data from the 2011 UK census. Enter a postcode into the quiz and a Google Map will highlight your local electoral ward area. You are then asked seven questions about the area and its population to test your local knowledge.

The questions concern information from the UK census, such as the median age of the local population and the percentage of Christians. The quiz is a great way to learn about the the demographics of your local area. For example, I learned that an astonishing 56% of households in my neighbourhood don't own a car.

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