Count numbers greater than or less than a number

Let's say you want to count how many salespeople exceeded their sales goals for a quarter or how many stores under-performed compared to an industry average for yearly revenues. To count numbers greater than or less than a number, use the COUNTIF function.

Example

The example may be easier to understand if you copy it to a blank worksheet.

How to copy an example

  1. Create a blank workbook or worksheet.

  2. Select the example in the Help topic.

    Note: Do not select the row or column headers.

    Selecting an example from Help

    Selecting an example from Help

  3. Press CTRL+C.

  4. In the worksheet, select cell A1, and press CTRL+V.

  5. To switch between viewing the results and viewing the formulas that return the results, press CTRL+` (grave accent), or on the Formulas tab, in the Formula Auditing group, click the Show Formulas button.

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Salesperson

Invoice

Buchanan

15,000

Buchanan

9,000

Suyama

8,000

Suyama

20,000

Buchanan

5,000

Dodsworth

22,500

Formula

Description (Result)

=COUNTIF(B2:B7,">9000")

Numbers above 9000 (3)

=COUNTIF(B2:B7,"<=9000")

Numbers less than or equal to 9000 (3)

Function details

COUNTIF

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