Introduction

People create cities and cities need people to function. People are the life of cities and as stated by Gehl, should be the starting point of any planning concept (Gehl, 2018). Helsinki is a rapidly growing capital with 643,272 inhabitants, to plan a functioning city it is fundamental to understand the characteristics of the people who live there (City of Helsinki, 2018). Socio-economic and socio-demographic factors such as income, education, employment status and mother tongue can be analysed to develop a clearer understanding of a city’s population. Such factors may differ across geographical locations and mapping variations help planners’ identity spatial trends such as social segregation. Concentrations of wealth and poverty can be identified and population movements over time and space can be researched. For this exercise data from Statistics Finland’s Grid Database 2016 has been re-classified into quartiles to examine socio-spatial differentiation by identifying areas of low education combined with low income level across the Helsinki Metropolitan Region.

Results and Discussion

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