Comparing 2001 and 2011

For comparison with the 2011 census maps in my previous blog post, I've drawn similar maps based on the 2001 census data. There are two caveats to this: firstly, the 2001 census only made the race data available at a subplace (i.e. suburb) level, although the density is accurate to similar levels as the 2011 maps. Secondly, the 2001 census did not include the response of "Other" to the race question.

Here's Cape Town (2001 first and 2011 second; as before, click for full-size):







My next long-term project is to turn this type of data into an overlay for Google Maps/OpenStreetMap so that you can scroll around and see how this looks across the whole country.


Hi Adrian,

None of this data appears to be available on the StatsSA website. How can I get hold of it?

I got it from the Stats SA office in Cape Town on a set of DVDs. I believe the big research libraries, like the National Library, the Johannesburg Central Library and the university libraries, also have copies in their "government publications" departments.

Hey Adrian, great website!

I have got the data DVD's from stats SA, but where on it is this level of detail you're working with?


Add new comment

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
By submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.