Maps in Tableau

Tableau Maps are convenient to visualize the geographical data. In this article, we will show you how to Create regular Maps in Tableau with an example. For this Tableau Maps demo, we are going to use World Indicators data sources that come with the Tableau.

Create Maps in Tableau

There are multiple ways to create Maps in Tableau. And in this article, we will explain all of them

Creating Maps in Tableau First Approach

Drag and drop any Geographic field to Row or Column shelf, and selecting the Map in Show Me window will automatically create a Map in Tableau. In this example, we will drag the Country dimension to Columns Shelf

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Next, Drag and Drop Total Population from Tableau Measures Region to Rows Shelf. Since it is a Measure value, the Total Population will aggregate to default Sum.

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Let me change that Bar Chart into a World Map. To do so, Please expand the Show Me window and select the Maps from it

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Once you choose the maps from Show Me window, Map will be displayed. From the below-shown screenshot, you can see Row and column Shelf’s filled with generated Latitude and Longitudes. And, Country added to Detail Card, and Total Population will add to Columns Card.

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You can highlight any country to see that Country population

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Second Approach to create Map

Double-click on any Geographic filed such as Postcode, City, State, or Country will automatically create a Tableau Map. In this example, we will double-click on the Country dimension. From the below screenshot, you can see, Tableau has created a Symbol Map for you. Here, it added the Latitude to Row shelf, Longitude to Column shelf, and Country Name to Details Card in Marks Shelf.

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To convert the Symbol Map to Maps, either you can click Maps from Show Me window or you can change the Marks type from Automatic to Map

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Either way, it will generate a Map for you

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Let us add Population Total to Colors card in Marks Shelf. It will add color to every country based on their Population.

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Create Maps in Tableau – Third Approach

Drag and drop any Geographic filed on the Details card will automatically create a Tableau Map. In this example, we will drag the Country Name dimension to Details card present in Marks Shelf

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Now you can see the auto-generated symbol map. Use either of the approaches mentioned above to convert the Symbol map to Map

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Add Data labels to Maps in Tableau

To add data labels to Tableau Maps, Please click on the Show Mark Labels button in the Toolbar. Though it looks odd, you get the idea of adding data labels.

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Change Colors of Maps in Tableau

Until now, you saw the Maps with default colors, but you have an option to change the default colors. To do so, click the drop-down menu beside the SUM(Population Total) color legend or right-click on the Color bar. Both of them will open the below-shown context menu. From that, please select the Edit Colors… option

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Once you choose the Edit Colors… option, the following window will open. Click the drop-down arrow under the Palette and select the color as per your specification. For now, we are choosing Gold-Purple Diverging. Remember, by clicking the Advanced button, and you can specify the Start Point, End Point, and Center as well.

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Now you can see the Map with Gold-Purple Diverging color schema.

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