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I have a file I have been working on. The formula in B3:E3 was successful in looking up 1 of the 4 objects in A3 and then returning a value associated with the object in a different tab.

Here, I have a new type of problem where I need a formula in B3 on my Formulas tab to look at column A on my Areas tab and count all of the cells that have "LA" or "Las Vegas" for the object names in A3 on the Formulas tab.  The answer should be 2.

Thank you!
Test-File.xlsx
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barry houdini earned 2000 total points
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Hello Dom,

This formula should give you the count for "LA" or "Las Vegas" [edited]

=SUMPRODUCT(ISNUMBER(SEARCH(","&Areas!$A$2:$A$2000&",",","&$A2&","))*(Areas!$B$2:$B$2000={"LA","Las Vegas"}))

That gets the results you suggested but only matches the whole 5 character object

You can change the {"LA","Las Vegas"} part to include any number of locations, if it's a single location you don't need the brackets { and }

regards, barry
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Awesome, thanks again!
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