In this article, we are going to show you how to count the number of cells greater than the average in Excel.

## Formula

<numbers range>: The reference from the range of numbers

## How it works

The formula relies on using **COUNTIFS** and **AVERAGE** formulas. The **COUNTIFS** function can count cells that meet the given criteria. We can use a greater than operator “>” (or any other operator as well) with the **AVERAGE **function a criterion. Thus, there are two steps for counting the number of cells greater than the average:

- Calculate the average of numbers (
**AVERAGE**) - Count the numbers greater than the average (
**COUNTIFS**)

**COUNTIF**function instead of

**COUNTIFS**as well.

A minor point to consider is that you should merge greater than operator with **AVERAGE** formula as a string value “>” and use “and operator” (“&”) to merge.

Here is the formula for the range *B5:B12*:

## SUMPRODUCT Alternative

If you prefer an alternative way to count the number of cells greater than the average, you can use **SUMPRODUCT** function. The **SUMPRODUCT** function can evaluate arrays without dealing with array functions. Hence, you can use the logical statement directly in the **SUMPRODUCT** function.

=SUMPRODUCT(N(B5:B12>AVERAGE(B5:B12)))

The *B5:B12>AVERAGE(B5:B12)* returns an array of Boolean values which indicate if a value is greater than the average or not. To convert the logical values into numbers (1 for *TRUE*, 0 for *FALSE*) you can use unary operator “–” or **N** function.

Finally, the **SUMPRODUCT** function sums the 1 and 0 values to find the count the number of cells greater than the average.

**SUMPRODUCT**alternative doesn’t seem a simpler alternative, this approach may give you a hint about its capabilities.