Emily Ong

Toronto Data Visualization

A data visualization that explores immigrant languages spoken in Toronto. YSDN Information Design 1, 2019.

This project required students to research Toronto neighbourhoods and select a sub-topic to explore. I decided to explore languages spoken in the city, as Toronto is an incredible diverse city. I compared the top five immigrant languages to the top three home languages of each neighbourhood. I would plot data if the top three immigrant languages of a neighbourhood was one of the top five immigrant languages across the city. Initially, I was going to analyze and compare five different neighbourhoods across the city, though I later chose a different type of graph to visual my data. I chose to pursue this project using a radial line graph which enabled me to plot more data and so I plotted information from all 140 neighbourhoods in Toronto. 


Each line is the data from one neighbourhood. Originally, I had assigned each neighbourhood a specific colour and with 140 neighbourhoods, it was certainly hard to read as there were too many colours and too many neighbourhood names. It was recommended that I assign colours by wards in Toronto. Currently, there are 25 wards in Toronto and therefore I further simplified it into the six older wards of Toronto. I included a simple bar graph of the five top immigrant languages in Toronto which can be compared to the findings on the radial line graph.