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Hannah Ritchie, Max Roser, Our World in Data


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Geography, Mathematics

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables

Regional Focus



Microsoft Excel

Electricity Access

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  • This interactive map, chart, and table shows data on global access to electricity.
  • Access to electricity is represented by the percent of the population in each country that have access to electricity. 
Teaching Tips


  • The data and images are available for download.
  • In the chart view, the user can choose which countries they would like to see represented.
  • The data for electricity access goes back many years, showing the change over time for many countries.

Additional Prerequisites

  •  Students should be able to read maps and line graphs to understand the data.


  • Have math students analyze the change in electricity access over time in the chart or table view.
  • Students could work in pairs or groups to discuss their observations when reviewing the data.
  • Discuss the socioeconomic implications of individuals not having access to electricity in social studies classes.
  • Consider having students research the types of energy sources used in different countries.
Scientist Notes

Resource provides knowledge on population with access to electricity. It will provide historical data for students to explore access to electricity in countries of interest. The resource is recommended for teaching.

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