At Polychart we are passionate about visualizing data. This blog features product news, articles, as well as our own analyses and visualizations of datasets we find interesting.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

A Slice of Canadian Life

You can find some really cool statistics online. The open data movement -- the idea that data should be free to use and republish -- is helping societies down to the municipal level become transparent to the data curious and statistically literate. Statistics Canada is one of the shining beacons of data driven agencies worldwide, with publicly available numbers that survey every aspect of Canadian life. Let's take a look at some insights from this repository using Polychart.
What kinds of alcohol do Canadians drink? You can probably guess, but Stats Can tracks year by year numbers on Canadian alcohol consumption. Beer is king - accounting for 2.3 million liters of booze consumed.

Have you ever been curious if you've spent way too much time watching television? Are you by Canadian standards a light sleeper? Compare yourself against this chart, which was created from a Stats Can survey done in 2008 on the typical lifestyles of Canadians.

Have you ever been curious if you've spent way too much time watching television? Are you by Canadian standards a light sleeper? Compare yourself against this chart, which was created from a Stats Can survey done in 2008 on the typical lifestyles of Canadians. With the average Canadian spending an hour a day on active leisure, some of us at Polychart need to hit the gym.

Another survey done in 2008 asked Canadians how they spent their time socially. The social lives of young adults were compared to middle aged married professionals. To make up for the demands of marriage, jobs, and kids, older adults lose on average an hour on personal care, half an hour with family, and four hours with friends.

There's tons of other data to visualize, from economic trends to where Canadians travel. I'll leave it to you to explore the rest.

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