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How to Use AVERAGE Formula in Google Sheets

In this article, you will learn how to find the mean number in a list of numbers. This function is beneficial when you calculate the average number from a long list of numbers. The mean (or average) number of a set of numbers is the middle value, computed by dividing the sum of all the values in the set by the number of values included in the set.

How to Use Average formula in Google Sheets

  1. Type “=AVERAGE(” or go to “Insert” in the menu bar ➝ “Function” ➝ ”Statistical” ➝ ”AVERAGE”
  2. Select a set of data in which you want to find the median. If you're going to incorporate non-adjacent areas, you can include them by punctuating them with a comma(s).
  3. Press the “Enter” key.
How to insert the AVERAGE function from the menu bar

The generic formula is as follows:

=AVERAGE(value1, [value2, …])

Value 1: A set of data based on which you want to figure out the mean.

Let’s see some examples. Imagine you review five customers’ rates given to four types of products:

How to use the AVERAGE function in Google Sheets with some examples

(i) Average by product

This is very simple. You can just select a part of the column for each product. For example, the AVERAGE formula in cell C10 (for Product A) contains a range of C4:C8, precisely 10, 8, 6, 4, and 2, and you get 6 as a computed result.

(ii) Average across Product A and C

This example might be a little tricky. As mentioned above, if you want to select non-adjacent fields as a data set, you can use a comma(s). Select a part of the column for Product A (C4:C8), add a comma, and select a part of the column for Product C (E4:E8). The total value of the specified range is 70 (=10+8+6+4+2+6+7+8+9+10), and the number of values in the chosen field is 10. So, the result is 7, from 70 divided by 10.

(iii) Average across all products

As you can see in the screenshot, you can select a table as a set of data which include twenty figures for all product. The total value in the range is 110, the average is 5.5, which comes from the division of 110 over 20.

How do you find the average of multiple cells in Google Sheets?

You can use the AVERAGE function equipped in Google Sheets. As you can see in the description above, you can incorporate a set of cells or multiple non-adjacent ranges of cells with commas in the formula.

Is there an AVERAGEIF function in Google Sheets?

Yes, there is. Check this article to learn about the AVERAGEIF formula in Google Sheets. There is also a function called MEDIAN, which allows you to find the median number in a set of data as you do with the AVERAGE formula. Check How to Use MEDIAN function in Google Sheets.

What are the other formulas related to mathematics and statistics

If you don’t get the solution you are looking for in this article, or you have further questions related to mathematics or statistics, you may find the answers in the following articles.

Go to the following articles to learn basic formulas in Google Sheets.

How to Do Math in Google Sheets for Beginners

ADD Function in Google Sheets: Explained

MINUS Function in Google Sheets: Explained

DIVIDE Function in Google Sheets: Explained

MULTIPLY Function in Google Sheets: Explained

PRODUCT Function in Google Sheets: Explained

How to Use SUM Function in Google Sheets

How to Use SUMPRODUCT Formula in Google Sheets

How to Use MAX Function in Google Sheets

How to Use MIN Function in Google Sheets

How to Use MEDIAN Function in Google Sheets

How to Use MODE Function in Google Sheets

MOD Function in Google Sheets: Explained

Navigate to the pages below to learn how to sum, count, or average numbers with a condition or multiple conditions. 

How to Use SUMIF Function in Google Sheets - sum up the numbers that meet a criterion

SUMIFS Function in Google Sheets: Explained - sum up the numbers that meet multiple criteria

How to Use COUNTIF Function in Google Sheets - count the number of cells that meet a requirement

How to Use COUNTIFS function in Google Sheets - count the number of cells that meet multiple requirements

AVERAGEIF Function in Google Sheets: Explained - average the figures that meet a standard

AVERAGEIFS Function in Google Sheets: Explained - average the figures that meet multiple standards

AVERAGE.WEIGHTED Function in Google Sheets: Explained - use this formula to calculate the weighted average

MAXIFS Function in Google Sheets: Explained - seek for the maximum value that meets specific criteria

MINIFS Function in Google Sheets: Explained - seek for the minimum value that meets specific criteria

Visit the following post if you are interested in learning how to count the number of specific cells.

COUNT Function in Google Sheets: Explained - count the number of cells containing numeric values (except for blank ones)

COUNTA Function in Google Sheets: Explained - count the number of cells incorporating all types of values containing text and date, except for blank ones

COUNTBLANK Function in Google Sheets: Explained - count the number of blank cells

COUNTUNIQUE Function in Google Sheets: Explained - count the number of unique cells

You can learn about other Google Sheets formulas and tips that are not mentioned here on this page: LiveFlow‘s How to Guides

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