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Stacked Bar Chart

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Stacked Bar Chart
Qualifi cations as a percentage of working age population 2008 in Bristol. Stacked bar charts allow direct comparisons between the partition of a variable for two or more geographical areas. In the example, the differences between Bristol and the region are easy to see.
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South West RDA (Regional Development Agency): South West RDA (Regional Development Agency), Economic Profile, Isse 8, October 2009
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Benefits & pitfalls to avoid
  • 100% stacked bar-charts can mislead users into thinking the data values represented by the different bars are the same (as the heights of the bars are 100%). This needs to be made clear on the visualisation.
Create your own
  • 100% stacked bar charts can be created in a range of standard data applications such as Excel.