The bar-line combination chart below highlights the rental economics in several major US cities. The bars indicate the amount of space in square feet you can expect to rent for $1500/month. The line shows the average rent.
Bar-line chart showing amount of residential space you can rent for $1500 across major US cities
This chart was built using the Aploris add-in for PowerPoint on a Mac. Aploris facilitates the creation of a variety smart business charts in PowerPoint including waterfalls, bar charts, and Mekkos.
The Mekko or Marimekko chart below totals all the skyscrapers around the world. The columns are organized by continent and each segment represents a country or region. The area of each segment is proportional to the number of skyscrapers.
China leads with 999 skyscrapers (excluding Hong Kong) followed by the US with 699 skyscrapers. Hong Kong is is third with 380. Overall, Asia has 3 times the number of skyscrapers North America has.
Mekko chart totaling global skyscrapers by continent and country/region
This Mekko chart was built with OS X, PowerPoint for Mac, and the Aploris add-in.
The waterfall chart below shows all the elements that comprise the total monthly cost of a $500k home. In addition to the mortgage and regular taxes/fees, it is important for home owners to consider the impact of the down payment opportunity cost. Outside of the mortgage, it is the largest cost in this example.
We could have use a stacked bar chart to represent this data. However, the waterfall chart allows to walk the reader through all the elements and provides us with space to clearly state all the assumptions.
With Aploris’ native waterfall chart option, this charted was created in a few minutes. The data is from NY Times’ rent versus buy calculator.
Waterfall chart highlighting cost elements of home ownership