Mapping prosperity in France with R

December 12, 2011

(This article was first published on Revolutions, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

The choropleth below (created by Baptiste Coulmont) is a sort of prosperity map of France: the blue areas have high levels of personal income (actually, median household income tax paid divided by the number of household members), while the red areas have the lowest:

The map was created with the help of GEOFLA "communes" shapefile (my high-school French begins to fail me here, but I gather a commune is like a statistical district in France), to which M. Coulmont mapped French tax data. He's also created a helpful tutorial pour les francophones to create maps like these.

Baptiste Coulmont: Ah… 36 000 communes feront toujours la différence

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