Where is your nearest betting shop? That really depends on where you live.
Our published research shows that nationally an estimated 8% of players may live within 400m of an LBO where they have played a machine. An estimated 23% live within 1km, and 43% live within 3 km. But like many national geographic patterns, when we map the data there is significant local variation.
Mapping and visualising these trends gives us some clues to further investigation. In this case, economic centres appear to be an important factor, and we can add multiple factors to investigate relationships, spatially.
Our research found an overall tendency for betting shops in more ethnically diverse locations, but without mapping these trends we would not be able to identify how this pattern varies from place to place.