How to Make a Dynamic Multi-population Pyramid in Excel

Create better population pyramids that allow for improved comparisons between sexes and populations.

If you want to select a chart that is also an iconic representation of a field of knowledge, it’s hard to come up with a better example than a population pyramid. It is a simple way of visualizing a population structure by age and sex, which is a great starting point to learn about a region.

However, the traditional design can be improved. In this tutorial, you’ll create a population pyramid that displays the structure of the population in three different moments (1950, 2025 and 2100), something that the traditional design can’t handle well.

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About the Author

Jorge Camoes is a data visualization consultant based in Lisbon. Author of the book Data at Work. Runs ExcelCharts.com, where he discusses how to use Excel as data visualization tool. Recently playing with PowerBI & PowerQuery.