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Example - Intersect and Aggregate Points with Polygons

Learn how to find the number of Airbnb houses/rooms in distinct blocks and neighborhoods.

You will need to import the following dataset/s into your account:

  • Barcelona Airbnb data: airbnb_barcelona. You can download it from here.
  • Barcelona building footprint and neighborhoods: barcelona_building_footprint and barris_barcelona can be found in the CARTO Data Library.

The Barcelona Airbnb dataset was downloaded from the Inside Airbnb website. In order to download them to your local machine, you use CARTO SQL API behind the scenes.


  • Create a map with airbnb_barcelona (from your local machine), and barcelona_building_footprint and barris_barcelona datasets (from the Data Library).
  • Change the map title and layer names.
  • Change basemap: click on “Positron” and then select “Dark Matter (Lite)”.


  • Go to Map Options (the slider button on the blue left sidebar), activate LAYER SELECTOR.
  • Go back to the main menu.


  • Style “Airbnb” layer. Set marker-width to 2, remove STROKE and set a BLENDING method such as multiply.
  • Apply the following SQL query to the “Airbnb” layer in order to get the price as a numeric field:
  substring(price FROM '[0-9]+')::numeric as price_num
  • Add some widgets from the “Airbnb” layer (price_num, property_type and number_of_reviews, for example). We will add widgets from the other two layers later. Edit them.
  • Add an Intersect and aggregate analysis to the “Blocks” layer, and “Neighborhoods”. Set “Airbnb” as TARGET LAYER and COUNT as OPERATION.


  • Add widgets for n_distri and n_barri columns in the “Neighborhoods” layer. Try different aggregations and see how it affects the ordering in the widget.
  • Add ref_cadast widget from “Blocks” layer. Use COUNT as aggregation operation.
  • Style “Blocks” and “Neighborhoods” as a choropleth. For each layer, go to the STYLE tab. Then click on the polygon-fill FILL color and select BY VALUE. Select count_vals_density. Set the number of buckets, color scheme (but invert the colors! Lighter colors should show higher values in contrast to the dark basemap) and classification method as you wish.

We have selected count_vals_density instead of count_vals, because when we make a choropleth map with polygon layers, we need to use data which is normalized, in this case by the area.

  • Edit the “Blocks” and “Neighborhoods” legends.
  • Add a custom legend for the “Airbnb” layer. Go to the LEGEND tab, then click on CUSTOM and type “House/room”.


  • Disable “Airbnb” and “Blocks” layers view.
  • Publish the map: https://public.carto.com/builder/1fb4ae92-40a3-4df2-adca-e75707438d1a/embed