A stacked area chart is a primary Excel chart type that shows data series plotted with filled areas stacked, one on top of the other. A stacked area chart can show how part to whole relationships change over time. They offer a simple presentation that is easy to interpret at a glance.


  • Simple presentation can be red at a glance
  • Can show part to whole changes over time


  • Generally harder to add data labels since there is less white space available
  • Area charts can imply more data than actually available

Chart Examples

US Heroin Overdose Deaths - Excel stacked area chart example

US Heroin Overdose Deaths

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