While working with Excel, we are able to count cells between two numbers by using the COUNTIFS function. The COUNTIFS function counts the number of cells that meet one or more criteria. This step by step tutorial will assist all levels of Excel users in counting cells between two numbers.
Figure 1. Final result: Count cells between two numbers
Syntax of COUNTIFS Function
=COUNTIFS(criteria_range1, criteria1, [criteria_range2, criteria2]…)
- Criteria_range1: the data range that will be evaluated using the criteria1
- Criteria1: the criteria or condition that determines which cells will be counted
- Criteria_range2 and criteria2 are optional; only applied when there are more than one criteria as specified
Setting up Our Data
Our table contains a list of Names (column B) and Age (column C). Cell F2 contains our criteria which is “between 18 and 25”. The resulting count will be in cell F3.
Figure 2. Sample data to count cells between two numbers
Count Cells Between Two Numbers
We want to determine the number of people in the list whose age falls between 18 and 25.
To count the number of cells between two numbers, we will follow these steps:
Step 1. Select cell F3
Step 2. Enter the formula:
Step 3: Press ENTER
The range for our data set is C3:C9. Our formula has two criteria. It counts the cells in column C with values between 18 and 25. The symbol “>=” means “greater than or equal to” while “<=” means “less than or equal to”.
Figure 3. Using the COUNTIFS function to count cells between two numbers
The formula returns the value 3, which corresponds to the three cells with values between 18 and 25 as highlighted below.
Figure 4. Highlighting the numbers between 18 and 25
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