2020 Week 51: Can you build a Divergent Histogram?


This is my last Workout Wednesday for 2020 (don’t worry, I’ll be back in 2021!), so I thought I’d take it easy on everyone.  This week you’ll be building a single chart – a divergent histogram.

I first saw a divergent histogram via the Economist almost 3 years ago and tagged it as a chart idea I liked because it’s easy to compare the shapes of the two histograms together.


  • Dashboard Size: 1300px by 800 px
  • # of Sheets – 1
  • Create a divergent bar chart, showing the frequency of average life expectancy (by country) for males and females
  • Match tooltips, which are pretty simple
  • Match colors (Nuriel Stone)
  • X-axis range is locked from 30 to 95
  • Y-axis range is dynamic based on the data and changes per year (but is identical for female/male) 

A small hint: you are allowed to reshape the data if it makes it easier for you to build the chart.  If you do reshape the data, use built-in Tableau Desktop features (pivot or copy/paste clipboard data)


This week uses the World Indicators dataset for Tableau 2020.3. You can get it here at data.world


When you publish your solution on Tableau Public make sure to take the time and include a link to the original inspiration.  Also include the hashtag #WOW2020 in your description to make it searchable!


After you finish your workout, share on Twitter using the hashtag #WOW2020 and tag @AnnUJackson@LukeStanke, @_Lorna_Brown and @HipsterVizNinja



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