How to create a shaded map in Tableau

In this quick tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a shaded map in Tableau.

Tableau automatically recognizes the Country, State and City as a hierarchy and their geographical roles which makes creating a map quite easy.

Also, Tableau generates the Latitude and Longitude for us, according to those geographical roles, saving us a lot of trouble.

1  Let’s display our gross profit on a map.

How to create a shaded map in Tableau - Step 1
In a blank new sheet, drag and drop the Longitude to the Columns shelf and the Latitude to the Rows shelf. This is the result:

How to create a shaded map in Tableau - Step 2

The map is there, but there’s nothing being displayed.

Now let’s drag and drop the Gross Profit to the Color button on the Marks section of the graph, and the State to the Detail button.
This will be the result:

How to create a shaded map in Tableau - Step 3

If this is not what you see, make sure you change the mark type to Map in the dropdown menu:

How to create a shaded map in Tableau - Step 4

And there you have it!  You have created a shaded map in Tableau in no time.

Use your creativity to play around and explore this powerful graph type!

There are plenty of free data sources on the internet with geolocation information.