Area graphs, sometimes called area charts, are similar to line graphs in that they’re used primarily to track changes over time. Although both use straight line segments to connect continuous data points, area charts use colors or textures to fill in the spaces below their plotted lines.

This can have a dramatic visual impact, highlighting the relative change of values over time – without focusing on any specific data points. This is especially effective when presenting part-to-whole relationships, tracking changes in related groups within a category – and tracing the evolution of those groups’ relative proportions.

Stacked and overlapping area graphs are commonly used to illustrate trends such as revenue vs expenses, changes in renewable energy production, distribution of income by category, web page visitors by source, the growth of demographic groups within a population, or individual sales reps’ contribution to overall yearly total.

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