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The distribution of children by age in Britain, 1981 (Colour).

Three colour mixing of 129,211 census enumeration districts on an equal population cartogram — software by author on an Archimedes computer.

The young can be subdivided into three almost equally sized groups by age. This cartogram shows the major cleavage (if such a term is appropriate) to be between areas dominated by younger children (more red) against a combination of older children (more green), although an interesting ring of mainly older youngsters (blue) surrounds central Glasgow. Some of the more structured pattern in other distributions can be made out in this picture; as people’s children grow up they tend to move to more prosperous areas, where and when they could.