Maps That Examine Church Locations and Education Level and Other Statistics For Each of Eight Southwest Suburbs of Taipei

 

This set of maps presents detailed, neighborhood (里) data for several statistics, including measures of educational attainment, plus Protestant church locations, for each of eight southwest suburbs of Taipei City: Tucheng (土城區 ), Panchiao (板橋區), Shulin (樹林區 ), Yingko ( 鶯歌區 ), Hsinchuang ( 新莊區 ), Sanchung ( 三重區 ), Luchou ( 蘆洲區 ), and Taishan ( 泰山區 ).

 

A set of eight maps was made for each of these suburbs.  The goal was to provide a close-up look at where the Protestant churches are located within these suburbs against the backdrop of neighborhood level statistics for population, population density, gender ratios, and three measures of educational attainment. 

 

Together, these eight suburbs have a much weaker church presence than there is in adjacent Taipei City.  Taipei has one Protestant church for every 4,900 people while these eight suburbs, overall, have only one Protestant church for every 11,500 people.  The set of eight maps for each of these suburban districts  were made to provide tools for better understanding these districts, especially those areas within the districts where there are relatively large populations but few, or no, Protestant churches.  

 

These maps are related to the set of maps entitled, “Maps That Compare Education Level Statistics For Taipei City and Eight Southwest Suburbs of Taipei” which was posted on the TMF Mission Resource Center in January of this year.  The January maps provide the big picture of how levels of educational attainment vary across all of Taipei City and the eight southwest suburbs.  The set of district level maps in this new map set are different in that they only cover the eight suburbs.  Also, a separate set of maps was made for each of the eight suburbs. These maps have enough space to include the Chinese characters for the names of each of the 493 neighborhoods in the eight suburbs.

 

The maps in this set include:

 

Map 1 gives an overview of the relative Protestant church strength for the districts of Taipei City and the eight suburbs.  The statistics show that the relative church strength is significantly greater in Taipei than in the eight suburbs.

 

Map 2 gives an overview of the relative Protestant church strength within each of the eight suburbs.  This map was produced by making 58 groupings of neighborhoods, calculating the ratio of the total population of each grouping divided by the number of Protestant churches in each grouping, then assigning a color to each of the groupings depending on this ratio.  The neighborhood groupings were determined in accordance with what seemed the best way to arrange the neighborhoods that are in the vicinity of each church or cluster of churches. For many groupings this was not a difficult decision.  For others it was more difficult.  In the end, the groupings are the results of one person’s judgment and they could have been grouped differently.  The Chinese names of the neighborhoods for each grouping are given in the A map for each of the suburbs.

 

The red and orange neighborhood groupings in Map 2 show areas where Protestant churches, in relation to the population, are particularly few.  The northern half of Sanchung District is especially in need of more churches.  

 

The following eight maps were made for each of the eight suburbs:

 

Map A shows the neighborhood groupings, the Chinese name of each neighborhood, and the locations of all the Protestant churches listed for each of the eight suburbs in the 2017 – 2018 Taiwan Church Handbook*.  A table is also included that shows the population, number of churches, and the population / number of churches ratio for each of the neighborhood groupings.  The borders of the neighborhood groupings in Map A are also included on Map B through Map H for each of the eight suburbs.

 

Map B shows church locations and the December, 2014, population for each of the neighborhoods. 

 

Map C shows church locations and the December, 2014, population density for each of the neighborhoods.

 

Map D shows the neighborhood borders, neighborhood groupings borders, and church locations superimposed over satellite imagery.  These maps make it easy to get a rough idea of where population concentrations are in relation to where churches are located.

 

Map E shows a measure of the gender ratio for the population in each neighborhood.  This is shown by plotting the number of males for every 100 females in the population, a method that the Taiwan government uses.  The red areas indicate that the number of males is significantly higher than females, while the blue areas indicate that the number of females is significantly higher than males.  The green areas indicate that the male/female numbers are fairly close to being balanced. 

 

Map F shows church locations and the percentage of the population 15 years old, or older, that did not go beyond Junior High School graduation in their formal education.  A note on the F maps also gives the total number of people that fall into this education level category and the overall percentage that they make up of the 15 years old, and older, population of the whole district. 

 

Map G shows church locations and the percentage of the population 15 years old, or older, that have a college, or higher, degree.   A note on the G maps also gives the total number of people that fall into this education level category and the overall percentage that they make up of the 15 years old, and older, population of the whole district. 

 

Map H shows church locations and the percentage of the population 15 years old, or older, that graduated from junior high school, may have attended high school, junior college, or college, but did not graduate from college. This is the broad middle range of educational attainment.  The statistics shown in Map H may not be as useful as those in Maps F and G, but Map H is included for the sake of completeness.   A note on the H maps gives the total number of people that fall into this education level category and the overall percentage that they make up of the 15 years old, and older, population of the whole district. 

 

Conclusion  It is hoped that this set of maps will be useful tools for understanding, prayer, and ministry planning for each of the eight suburbs.  May this especially be the case for those areas within these suburbs where churches are particularly few in relation to the population.

 

I greatly appreciate TMF’s willingness to post this set of maps on the TMF Mission Resource Center.

 

George McFall, TEAM, April, 2018

 

*Church data source: 2017 - 2018 Taiwan Church Handbook, Christian Resource Center, Taichung   統計的來源: 2017 - 2018 年台閩地區基督教堂會, 宗派, 宣教機構一覽表  基督教資料中心發行, 台中

 

 

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