Educational landscape of the adult population in Metropolitan Regions

Distribution of educational attainment of population aged 25 and over in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro metropolitan regions

This interactive visualization is a density-dot map represents the population aged 25 and over by their highest level of education. First of all, it’s important to say that this research used the work of Kyle Walker as a reference.

The visualization showing the distribution of the adult population by educational attainment in the two largest metropolitan regions of Brazil, São Paulo (21.2 million inhabitants) and Rio de Janeiro (12.3 million inhabitants) is highly important to outline historical socioeconomic inequalities present in our country and how we need to use this kind of information to address at multiple scales the racial and economic segregation.

1. São Paulo Metropolitan Region; 2. Rio de Janeiro Metropolitan Region

Using census tract data from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics — IBGE and United Nations Development Programme, we obtained and joined data from the 2010 Census IBGE and Atlas of Human Development in Brazil, and with the educational rates database we processed it on a GIS software to represent the concentration of population as dots (person/dot), generating random geographic coordinates in each person/dot on its corresponding census sector, color-coded according to their educational attainment.

Educational Attainment for Population with 25 years and over, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro Metropolitan Regions, 2010 — Source: Censo 2010 IBGE and Atlas of Human Development in Brazil

In some areas of the cities the emphasis lies clearly on socioeconomic disparities, and this is exactly where most of the challenges are, but also the highest potential of this urban data visualization.

Left: Paraisópolis Slum vs Morumbi, one of the richest neighborhood in São Paulo; Right: Rocinha slum vs Leblon, the richest neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro

One of the intentions of this data visualization project is to provide material for discussions and practices that place Education as the central axis for the development of our country.

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