I was curious how gender-ratios of young women and men are distribute geographically in Europe. Eurostat offers absolute numbers for all NUTS2 regions in Europe. The most recent available figures were referring to January 2012 – in few cases like Turkey I was falling back to January 2011 due to missing values.
The figures are drawn from table “demo_r_d2jan” on Eurostat.
So what you see here is the ratio of women to men (aged 16 to 30 years) in 2012 for the respective NUTS 2 region. The coloring ranges from the 5% quartile (red) and ends at the 95% quartile (green) – the white color is chosen for the medium.
Poorer regions like the former GDR (except for Leipzig and Berlin) or parts of Spain, as well as poorly urbanized regions (see Scandinavia) seem to experience the strongest sexual imbalance.
It is very interesting to see that there are pretty strong areas in Turkey. Still – I would not necessarily recommend moving there! My just knocked out armchair theory would be that in those poorer areas women are left behind by their men who move to richer parts of Turkey or EU to earn money for the family.
Actually the map is crafted with d3.js. And more good stuff is planned on:
- d3.js basics
- the nuts ‘n bolts of NUTS (no bolts)
- using the statistics database on Eurostat
I posted the map on Reddit. Already received very interesting questions and comments!