# Calculate the percentage difference between two numbers

Example calculation is*“what is the percentage difference between 76 of 115?”*

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## Want to do this percentage calculation yourself?

Calculating a percentage difference between two numbers is best done in three step process. Here is the best way to approach his.

We start by subtracting the smaller value from the larger one.

In our example this would be 115 minus 76. This will be our first result.

- 115 - 76 = 39

Then, we sum the two numbers and then divide them by to. This gives us the average number and will be our second result.

- (115 + 76) ÷ 2 = 95.5

Once you have calculated this, we divide our first result by our second result, finally multiply by 100 to get the percentage result.

- (39 ÷ 95.5) x 100 = 40.84%

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## Real life examples

#### Difference in profits between two companies

The year end profits for company Alpha are $37,500.00.

The year end profits for company Beta are $61,850.00.

What is the percentage difference in profit?

First value = 25000.00

Second value = 100000.00

Percentage difference = 49.02%

#### Different size between two groups of people

Group Alpha has 485 people.

Group Beta has 273 people.

What is the percent difference in the number of people between the two groups?

First value = 485

Second value = 273

Percentage difference = 55.94%

#### Different amount between two cups of marbles

In one cup there are 19 marbles.

In another cup there are 22 marbles.

What is the percent difference in the number of marbles?

First value = 19

Second value = 22

Percentage difference = 14.63%

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