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How to Create a Geographical Map Chart in Google Sheets

Do you have a lot of geographical data in Google Sheets? Why not use a map chart to create a wonderful visual display of your data? You can insert, customize, and edit a map chart easily in Google Sheets.

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Insert a Map Chart in Google SheetsCustomize a Map Chart in Google SheetsEdit a Map Chart in Google SheetsAdd or Remove Data for the Map ChartAdditional Map Chart Options

Insert a Map Chart in Google Sheets

Head to Google Sheets, sign in, and open your spreadsheet. Select the data you want to use in the map chart. You can do this easily by clicking and dragging your cursor through the range of cells.

Then, click Insert > Chart from the top menu.

Google Sheets will pop a default chart type into your sheet. So the first thing you need to do is change the chart type in the Chart Editor sidebar that displays.

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On the Setup tab, click the “Chart Type” drop-down box and scroll down to the Map section. You can choose from a Geo Chart or a Geo Chart With Markers. We’ll use the latter for this tutorial. This is something you can change later if you like.

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You’ll see the chart update to the map chart type you select. Next, you can customize the chart.

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Customize a Map Chart in Google Sheets

If you’ve already closed the sidebar, you can reopen it easily. Select your chart, click the three dots on the top right, and select “Edit Chart.”

With the Chart Editor sidebar open, click the “Customize” tab at the top.

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To change the chart colors and font, expand the “Chart Style” section. Use the drop-down boxes to select a Background Color, Chart Border Color, and Font per your preferences.

To change the region and colors for the region, expand the Geo section. Use the Region drop-down list to focus your map. You can pick from eight regions including Africa, Asia, Europe, and the United States.

The region you select obviously depends on the location data in your sheet. For our example, we’ll select the United States since this is where our data is located.

Next, you can adjust the colors for the Min, Mid, Max, and No Value items on the map. Just be sure to use colors that are easy for your audience to see.

Edit a Map Chart in Google Sheets

You can edit any of the customizations you make above at any time. But if you want to change the chart type or data range, or work with longitude and latitude, then use the Setup tab in the Chart Editor sidebar.

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To move the chart, select it and drag it where you want it on your sheet. Or to resize the chart, select it and drag from one of the corners or edges.

Add or Remove Data for the Map Chart

The nice thing about the map chart in Google Sheets is that you can add or remove data from your sheet and the chart updates automatically.

Below, we added a couple more cities that popped right onto the map. When we add the final one, Salt Lake City, the chart updates to show the location.

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Then when we add the corresponding data, the marker fills with the correct color per the value.

Additional Map Chart Options

You have a few additional options for the map chart you create in Google Sheets. Click the three dots on the top right of the chart and you’ll see these actions.

The next time you’re working with location data in Google Sheets, consider displaying it in a neat and clean geographical map chart.

RELATED: How to Create a Geographical Map Chart in Microsoft Excel

Sandy Writtenhouse
With her B.S. in Information Technology, Sandy worked for many years in the IT industry as a Project Manager, Department Manager, and PMO Lead. She learned how technology can enrich both professional and personal lives by using the right tools. And, she has shared those suggestions and how-tos on many websites over time. With thousands of articles under her belt, Sandy strives to help others use technology to their advantage. Read Full Bio »