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Scatter Plots on Mapbox in Python

How to make scatter plots on Mapbox maps in Python.

Mapbox Access Token

To plot on Mapbox maps with Plotly you may need a Mapbox account and a public Mapbox Access Token. See our Mapbox Map Layers documentation for more information.

Basic example with Plotly Express

For data available as a tidy pandas DataFrame, use the Plotly Express function px.scatter_mapbox for a scatter plot on a tile map.

In [1]:
import plotly.express as px
px.set_mapbox_access_token(open(".mapbox_token").read())
carshare = px.data.carshare()
fig = px.scatter_mapbox(carshare, lat="centroid_lat", lon="centroid_lon",     color="peak_hour", size="car_hours",
                  color_continuous_scale=px.colors.cyclical.IceFire, size_max=15, zoom=10)
fig.show()

Basic Example

In [2]:
import plotly.graph_objects as go

mapbox_access_token = open(".mapbox_token").read()

fig = go.Figure(go.Scattermapbox(
        lat=['45.5017'],
        lon=['-73.5673'],
        mode='markers',
        marker=go.scattermapbox.Marker(
            size=14
        ),
        text=['Montreal'],
    ))

fig.update_layout(
    hovermode='closest',
    mapbox=go.layout.Mapbox(
        accesstoken=mapbox_access_token,
        bearing=0,
        center=go.layout.mapbox.Center(
            lat=45,
            lon=-73
        ),
        pitch=0,
        zoom=5
    )
)

fig.show()

Multiple Markers

In [3]:
import plotly.graph_objects as go

mapbox_access_token = open(".mapbox_token").read()

fig = go.Figure(go.Scattermapbox(
        lat=['38.91427','38.91538','38.91458',
             '38.92239','38.93222','38.90842',
             '38.91931','38.93260','38.91368',
             '38.88516','38.921894','38.93206',
             '38.91275'],
        lon=['-77.02827','-77.02013','-77.03155',
             '-77.04227','-77.02854','-77.02419',
             '-77.02518','-77.03304','-77.04509',
             '-76.99656','-77.042438','-77.02821',
             '-77.01239'],
        mode='markers',
        marker=go.scattermapbox.Marker(
            size=9
        ),
        text=["The coffee bar","Bistro Bohem","Black Cat",
             "Snap","Columbia Heights Coffee","Azi's Cafe",
             "Blind Dog Cafe","Le Caprice","Filter",
             "Peregrine","Tryst","The Coupe",
             "Big Bear Cafe"],
    ))

fig.update_layout(
    autosize=True,
    hovermode='closest',
    mapbox=go.layout.Mapbox(
        accesstoken=mapbox_access_token,
        bearing=0,
        center=go.layout.mapbox.Center(
            lat=38.92,
            lon=-77.07
        ),
        pitch=0,
        zoom=10
    ),
)

fig.show()

Nuclear Waste Sites on Campuses

In [4]:
import plotly.graph_objects as go
import pandas as pd

mapbox_access_token = open(".mapbox_token").read()

df = pd.read_csv('https://raw.githubusercontent.com/plotly/datasets/master/Nuclear%20Waste%20Sites%20on%20American%20Campuses.csv')
site_lat = df.lat
site_lon = df.lon
locations_name = df.text

fig = go.Figure()

fig.add_trace(go.Scattermapbox(
        lat=site_lat,
        lon=site_lon,
        mode='markers',
        marker=go.scattermapbox.Marker(
            size=17,
            color='rgb(255, 0, 0)',
            opacity=0.7
        ),
        text=locations_name,
        hoverinfo='text'
    ))

fig.add_trace(go.Scattermapbox(
        lat=site_lat,
        lon=site_lon,
        mode='markers',
        marker=go.scattermapbox.Marker(
            size=8,
            color='rgb(242, 177, 172)',
            opacity=0.7
        ),
        hoverinfo='none'
    ))

fig.update_layout(
    title='Nuclear Waste Sites on Campus',
    autosize=True,
    hovermode='closest',
    showlegend=False,
    mapbox=go.layout.Mapbox(
        accesstoken=mapbox_access_token,
        bearing=0,
        center=go.layout.mapbox.Center(
            lat=38,
            lon=-94
        ),
        pitch=0,
        zoom=3,
        style='light'
    ),
)

fig.show()

Reference

See https://plot.ly/python/reference/#scattermapbox for more information and options!