Create and use a binned map

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Binned maps provide a quick representation of how your data is distributed. Features contained in each bin are summarized using a statistic type, such as sum or average. This map visualization is helpful for datasets with a large number of points or densely located points.


A municipal water service and operations center is preparing for an extensive upgrade to its fleet and automated equipment. The initiative will require three years to complete and will require prioritizing regions with the highest demand. An analyst can visualize service requests using bins to quickly determine where more requests or greater water loss is occurring.

Binned map showing the relative number of service requests across the municipality

Deep purple areas in the above map indicate more service requests, while lighter yellow areas indicate fewer service requests.

Create a binned map

To create a binned map, complete the following steps:

  1. Drag a point dataset to the page and onto the Map drop zone.

    You can also create a map by selecting a field and clicking the Map button above the data pane.

  2. Expand the legend to display the Layer options pane.
  3. Browse to the Symbology tab Symbology.
  4. Change Symbol type to Bins.

Usage notes

The Layer options pane can be used to view the classification of the bins, adjust the bin size, and change the style of the bins.

Use the Legend tab Legend to view the classification values of the binned map and make selections based on the bins.

Use the Symbology tab Symbology to do the following:

  • Choose a different field or statistic type to style your map using the Style by parameter. Available statistic types include sum, minimum, maximum, and average.

    Bins always use one of the statistic types when your map is styled by a number field.

  • Change the Symbol type setting to a different map style, such as a heat map.
  • Set the size of the bins by adjusting the Resolution value. The default Resolution is 50.
  • Specify the Transition value setting. If the number of point features in the map extent is less than the transition value, the map will display the point features. If the number of points in the map extent is greater than or equal to the transition value, the map will be styled with bins. The default Transition value is 2,000.

Use the Appearance tab Appearance to change the symbol style properties, such as the color palette, bin outline thickness and color, and layer transparency.

Use the Attributes tab Attributes to view details for features that are selected on the map.


Binned maps are not available for certain remote feature layers. If your remote feature layer does not support binned maps, you can copy the layer to your workbook and create a binned map using the copy.

Zoom tools and selection tools are not available for binned maps with over 100,000 features on shared pages.