Bubble map

The bubble map uses circles of different size to represent a numeric value on a territory. It displays one bubble per region. The bubble is displayed in the barycentre of the region.

Follow the steps in this article to create this bubble map showing population in different Norwegian municipalities.

A bubble map is a good choice for representing numerical data with a location. However, if there are a lot of data points close together, the bubbles can overlap making things difficult to read. In this case, it might be appropriate to group regions together or provide a close-up chart of the detail.

To create this bubble map:

  • Open the map wizard and select Bubble in the first step
  • Select Norway in the country menu
  • Select 'Norway,admin2' in the category menu and click Next
  • Download this .csv file with map data onto your computer
  • Click Upload, select the .csv file and click Open. Alternatively, drag and drop the .csv file onto the data table to upload the data automatically
  • Click Next to move to the Design screen where you can choose a theme for your map. Click an available theme to see how it looks, or stick with the default theme
  • Click Next to move to the Text & Annotations screen where you can add contextual information to your map, such as a title, text labels, captions and more
  • Click Next to move to the Save or Publish screen where you can save your map for later amendment or use, or publish your map

Alternatively, you can click the Continue in Editor button to edit the map further with more granular options. 

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