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Mapping and Geography

Reference Maps

Reference maps show the location of geographic areas for which data are tabulated and disseminated. The maps display the boundaries, and identifiers, as well as major cultural and physical features such as roads, railways, coastlines, rivers and lakes.

Thematic Maps

Thematic maps show the spatial distribution of one or more specific data themes. The map may be qualitative in nature (e.g., number of liquor store outlets, number of schools by school district, or number and type of regional offices) or qualitative (e.g., percentage population change). Thematic maps present data such as population so that geographic patterns in the data are more easily understood across multiple regions. Thematic maps can be produced for a variety of administrative boundaries.

Translations and Data Sets

BC Stats maintains files for translating various data across administrative regions.