Love, marriage and divorce in London: a map

Family|November 15th 2014

An interesting set of infographics based on ‘data maps’ of London reveals an entirely different view of human relationships in the capital.

Geographer Dr James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti, a visual designer, describe their new book – London: The Information Capital – not as an atlas, but a series of ‘data portraits’.

Their relationship status infographics are particularly revealing. By pinpointing the concentrations of each relationship status they provide a unique snapshot of life in the 21st century.

As you might expect, trendy up and coming areas such as Hoxton and Clapham are popular with people in their 20s.

Young and single people prefer to live towards the centre of the city, representing 31.7 per cent of the total population. Once people have started living with a partner, many appear to prefer to move a little further away from the centre – prepared perhaps to take a few more stops on the bus or Underground.

Outer London, on the other hand has a much higher concentration of married couples than the more central areas.

In contrast to this, the maps also illustrate where separated and divorced people live.

Their ‘divorce map’ of London shows an even spread of colour – especially compared to those ‘married, but living apart’. The four areas of greatest concentration for this group are around Heathrow, Wembley, Kensington and Upton Park.

For more information on London: The Information Capital, click here.

Photo by J. A. Alcaide via Flickr

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