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Essential Graphing > Graph Builder Examples > Example of a Packed Bar Chart
Publication date: 11/10/2021

Example of a Packed Bar Chart


This example uses data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on the economic impact of weather and climate events in the U.S. during the years 1980 to 2018.


This example uses a packed bar chart with 10 primary categories.


The goal of this example is to create a packed bar chart showing the events that had the greatest economic impact.

1. Select Help > Sample Data Library and open Billion Dollar

2. Select Graph > Graph Builder.

3. Select Unique Event and drag it to the Y zone.

4. Select Cost and drag it to the X zone.

5. Select the Bar element Image shown here.

6. In the Bar options panel:

a. For the Bar Style, select Packed.

b. Change Packed Primaries to 10.

c. Move the Packed Labeling slider to the left until it is about halfway.

Figure 4.23 Weather Events With Large Economic Impacts in a Packed Bar Chart 

Weather Events With Large Economic Impacts in a Packed Bar Chart

The top 10 categories appear as a bar chart with blue bars. These are the “Packed Primaries” that you set to 10 in the options. Secondary categories are labeled and in gray. You can hover over any bar for more details.

In this graph, you can clearly see that Katrina in 2005 had the largest financial impact of any storm that hit the US between 1980 and 2018. The 2017 hurricanes, Harvey and Maria, also had large financial impacts.

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