Build a Simple Map

You can build several different types of maps for your geographic analysis in Tableau. If you're new to maps, or simply want to take advantage of the built in mapping capabilities that Tableau provides, you can create a simple point or filled (polygon) map similar to the examples below.

Prerequisites: To build a simple map, your data source must contain location data (location names, or latitude and longitude coordinates). If your data source does not contain location data, see the Map Data(Link opens in a new window) section for ways you can connect to location data.

This topic illustrates how to create a simple map using an example. To follow along with the example below, open Tableau Desktop and connect to the Sample-Superstore data source, which comes with Tableau.

Build a simple point map

  1. Navigate to a worksheet.

  2. In the Data pane, under Dimensions, double-click State.

    A map view is automatically created because the State field is a geographic field. To learn more about geographic fields and how to create them, see Assign a geographic role to a field.

  3. From Measures, drag Sales to Size on the Marks card.

    The data points on the map update to show the amount of sales proportionally.

  4. Select Maps > Map Layers.

  5. In the Map Layers pane, do the following:

    • Click the Style drop-down and select Normal.

    • Under Map Layers, clear Country/Region Names.

    The background map updates with the new settings.

Build a simple filled (polygon) map

  1. Navigate to a new worksheet.

  2. In the Data pane, under Dimensions, double-click State.

    A map view is automatically created.

  3. On the Marks card, click the Mark Type drop-down and select Map.

    The map view updates to a filled (polygon) map.

  4. From Dimensions, drag Sales to Color on the Marks card.

    The polygons on the map update to show the amount of sales using color.

See also:

Mapping Concepts in Tableau(Link opens in a new window)

Build Maps in Tableau(Link opens in a new window)

Customize How Your Map Looks(Link opens in a new window)

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