Internet crime disproportionately affects Americans 50 and over as shown in this 100% stacked bar chart. Americans 50-59 are 18% of internet users but suffer 25% of losses from internet crime. Those 60 and over are only 22% of users but suffer 32% of losses. This data is compiled by the FBI and shared in their 2017 Internet Crime Report.
The number of victims of internet crime tracks closely with the number of users. Internet users make up about the same proportion of each age category as internet crime victims. The major difference occurs in losses from crime suffered in each age group. The youngest adults, 20-29 are 21% of internet users and account for just 6% of losses. Those 30-39 are 20% of users and 14% of crime losses. The reverse of this trend is true for those 50-59 as mentioned above.
This trend is reinforced by examining losses per victim. It is lowest at $1,653 for those 20-29. It increases steadily by age group, reaching $6,917 for those 60 and over.
100 % Stacked Bar Charts with Data Columns of Internet Crime by Age
How I Made Thiis Internet Crime by Age 100% Stacked Bar Chart with Data Columns
Here are the steps to make this chart:
- copy data from Internet Crime Report into an Excel spreadsheet (optional: use pdftables)
- add data column with formula to show loss per victim
- create 100% stacked bar chart (in either Excel or PowerPoint) from the data
- display percentages within the segments and add bar segment links to focus readers on differences across bars by age
- hide columns not needed in the chart
- create an extra column to show series names (age categories) as data column
- hide axes and adjust bar widths and internal chart margins to have bars fill chart area and chart area fill chart container
- edit bar total labels to reflect correct units for each bar