Area Chart

The space between the data and the baseline is filled with a color or a pattern, usually emphasizing counts or percentages for a single variable.

Tutorials and Guides

Examples

Shifting to batteries for electricity

To capture solar energy for use in the evening, batteries have grown in…

Existing mortgages with lower rates than new ones

For The Upshot, Emily Badger and Francesca Paris compare the rates of existing…

Billion dollar natural disasters

For Bloomberg, Rachael Dottle and Leslie Kaufman go with the combo stacked area…

Are we back yet?

In 2020, our everyday routines shifted dramatically, but over the past few years, it's felt like things are getting back to where they were. How back are we?

Single Parents

In the 1950s, less than 10% of families with children were single-parent. In 2022, among families with children, 31% were single-parent — more than three times as common.

Past and present California drought severity

It’s been raining a lot here in California, which is helpful, because most…

Reservoir refills in California

There’s been a lot of rain in California, which has been good to…

Word cloud + Streamgraph = WordStream

I hear it all the time from chart purists. “I love the streamgraph!”…

Oldest U.S. government

Annie Fu, Walt Hickey, and Shayanne Gal, for Insider, show the disproportionately aging…

Housing displacement after disasters

Christopher Flavelle, for The New York Times, reported on the lack of support…

Working the triple peak

Microsoft researchers analyzed keystrokes by time of day, for a sample of Microsoft…

Your place in the world population

Population.io by World Data Lab asks your birthday, country of residence, and gender.…

NameGrapher to explore past baby name trends

NameGrapher is an interactive chart that lets you explore historical trends for baby…

Reducing the risk of nuclear war

For Our World in Data, Max Roser discusses the risk and possible destruction…

Television Genres Over Time

Here's how the distribution of genres has changed since 1945 up to present.

How Men and Women Spend Their Days

Using an oldie but goodie visualization format to look at time use between different groups.