Have You Ever Seen a Bar Chart on a Map?
Welcome to the fascinating world of data visualization, where even maps can take the form of bar charts! I prefer to call this visualization a Skyscraper Map because you can picture these bars on a map as skyscrapers. Also known as a Bar Chart Map, this type of visualization brings your geodata to life, giving it the appearance of skyscrapers dotting a cityscape.
Why Use a Skyscraper Map?
You can use a skyscraper map to display geodata along with its corresponding values. This innovative visualization combines a map indicating various locations (be it a city, a country, or any geographical place) with a bar chart. Like a traditional bar chart, the height or volume of each bar in a skyscraper map is proportionate to the values it signifies.
Crafting a Skyscraper Map with Azure Maps in Power BI
Step 1. Click on the Azure Map icon in the Visualization pane.
Step 2. Drag the lower right corner to extend the filled map visual.
Step 3. From the Fields Plane, select
Step 4. Now, choose
TotalSales from the Fields Plane.
Step 5. Head over to the Format your Visual section.
Step 6. Toggle off the Bubble layer switch.
Step 7. Enable the Bar chart layer switch.
Step 8. Expand the Bar chart layer pane.
Step 9. Expand the Size pane.
Step 10. Under the Size pane, set the Height to
Step 11. Under the Size pane, set the Width to
With these steps, you’ve created a skyscraper map showing sales by zip codes in your dataset. Want to try it out? Download the PBIX file here.
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