What is a grouped bar chart?
A grouped bar chart, also known as clustered bar graph, multi-set bar chart, or grouped column chart, is a type of bar graph that is used to represent and compare different categories of two or more groups.
Because the categories are grouped and arranged side-by-side, the bar clusters make easy to interpret the differences inside a group, and even between the same category across groups.
Best uses for the grouped bar chart
- Showing the changes in set categories over time, location or sector
- Comparing financial data–for example sales, costs and revenue–across different groups
- Evaluating the performance of a series of marketing projects in contrast to one another
How to make a grouped bar chart with Vizzlo?
Make a grouped bar chart following these easy steps:
- On the tab “DATA” of the sidebar, click on the button “CATEGORIES” to name them
- Then select a group on the chart to edit it using the active cards on the sidebar
- You can also use Vizzlo’s spreadsheet to enter your data more efficiently. Just copy and paste it from your source
- Finally, try the customization options of the tab “APPEARANCE” to choose your preferences regarding the axes, grid, and colors
Grouped bar chart: pro tips
- If there is a part-to-the whole relationship or if you want to emphasize the comparison among the total sum of the groups, consider creating a stacked bar chart.
- Color coding is essential with this chart, so make sure the shades you use are easily distinct from one another and clearly labelled in the legend
- Long category names often work better with a horizontal bar chart, alternatively, you can click the layout–switch easily with the check box on the “APPEARANCE” tab
- One huge value number can dwarf the rest of the bars, so try using the “Scale break” function to re-balance the visuals (but only use this if absolutely necessary, as it can make your chart appear misleading)
- On the “APPEARANCE” tab, you can select the “Custom group width” checkbox to edit the design of your chart further
Grouped bar chart maker: key features
- Multiple series
- Vertical and horizontal views
- Custom number formats and colors
- Custom group width
- Custom axes and grid
- Optional labeling of individual values
- Adjustable min/max values for y-axis
- Scale break
- Data Viz Guide: What is a bar chart?
Grouped Bar Chart: What's new?
Easier number formatting through some changes in the user interface. Showing and hiding values is possible in the same place as you format them.
We added an option to hide axis labels.
We fixed a bug so that drag and drop works smoothly again when rearranging groups.
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