The purpose of this project was to use exploratory data regressions to analyze spending patterns. The target variable to analyze selected was total spending on education and the study area was western Nova Scotia. Twenty explanatory variables were initially selected for analysis from census and household spending datasets. Each exploratory variable was then plotted against the target variable and those with linear trends were selected. The explanatory variables were then plotted against each other and those with non-linear trends were selected. This selection of variables was then used for the analysis and is shown in the data dictionary below.