50 charts, maps, and graphics that tell the biggest stories of 2020

  • Business Insider's Graphics Team was tasked with creating hundreds of graphics throughout this historic year.
  • From covering an unprecedented election to tracking the spread and impact of the coronavirus, graphics can tell us a lot about what happened in 2020.
  • Keep scrolling to explore our highlights, including how the QAnon learned to love the GOP and how much big tech giants pay their workers.
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This map shows where US-Iran tensions have flared in Iraq, which culminated in the strike killing Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

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This table reveals the unimaginable scale of Australia's fires.

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This map shows the exact path of Kobe Bryant's helicopter before it crashed, killing all 9 people on board.

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These are the 10 best countries to raise a healthy child. The US isn't one of them.

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How Super Bowl ad costs have skyrocketed over the years.

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Impeachment crushed Nixon's approval ratings, but Clinton emerged unscathed. Here's how Trump could survive, too.

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An animated map tracks the spread of the coronavirus as cases were reported in more than 180 countries.

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How coronavirus symptoms compare with those of the flu, allergies, and the common cold.

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One chart shows how long the coronavirus lives on surfaces like cardboard, plastic, wood, and steel.

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This calendar shows the glaring gap between men's and women's salaries in the US.

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These maps show how much worse Bernie Sanders fared in the 2020 Super Tuesday primaries compared with 2016.

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MacKenzie Bezos made the Forbes billionaires list for the first time, but she's still not the richest woman in the world. Here's how her $36 billion fortune stacks up against her wealthier peers.

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How the coronavirus death toll compares to other pandemics, including SARS, HIV, and the Black Death.

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Americans see infectious diseases as a bigger threat than terrorism, nuclear weapons, and climate change as the coronavirus continues to spread.

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Here's how coronavirus lab tests really work, and why they don't always give satisfying results.

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This interactive shows every Disney live-action remake that has been made and that's in the works.

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Firework sales skyrocketed in the US as noise complaints increase nearly 4,000% in New York City.

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It took one of our graphic designer's 19 years to become a US citizen. Here's how her journey compares to the average immigrant.

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Charts from July's jobs report highlighting the US economy's post-pandemic recovery.

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President Donald Trump reportedly inquired last year about dropping nuclear bombs into hurricanes to stop the storms from hitting the US. This graphic show why nuking a hurricane would be unrealistic and prohibitively expensive.

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We made 26 simple charts to show friends and family who aren't convinced racism is still a problem in America

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US — here's how to prevent and treat the condition

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We compiled every known flight made by Jeffrey Epstein's fleet of private planes.

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There are 1,510 people in Jeffrey Epstein's little black book. Now you can search them all for the first time.

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A key metric — the share of coronavirus tests coming back positive — shows how states' outbreaks have gotten out of control.

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How to tell if you have IBD and the difference between Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis

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Biden's 'dark' side: How Democrats are embracing secret money and the Citizens United decision to defeat Trump.

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A color-coded map shows the biggest wildfires raging up and down the West Coast.

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Here's a complete accounting of all 34 credible sexual-misconduct allegations against Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

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A step-by-step flow chart breaks down how coronavirus cases typically progress — and shows what may still be ahead for Trump.

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States have restored voting rights for thousands with felony convictions since 2016. These are the laws in every state.

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This chart shows the biggest investment banks are recruiting fewer Harvard and Stanford graduates and where they're getting top talent from instead.

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How much Apple, Tesla, Amazon, and 10 other tech giants pay their workers, from engineers to salespeople.

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US coronavirus cases are climbing to a 3rd peak. Color-coded charts show how risky everyday activities are.

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33 states still regularly allow the kind of police raid that killed Breonna Taylor.

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Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine relies on a new, unproven technology. A diagram shows how it differs from other candidates.

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We analyzed the Twitter accounts of prominent Republican officials to show how the GOP learned to love QAnon.

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Biotech execs hunting for COVID-19 vaccines and treatments have raked in more than $1 billion by selling company stock this year. Here are the 27 leaders who've cashed in the most.

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A timeline of Trump's statements about the coronavirus juxtaposed with new cases throughout the pandemic.

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How the coronavirus vaccine development compares to other shots in history.

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How the 2020 election results compare to 2016.

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We analyzed every message ever posted by 'Q,' the enigmatic persona that started the QAnon conspiracy theory.

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Inside a sweetheart deal for SPAC pioneers Chinh Chu and Bill Foley. How the ultra wealthy dealmakers made millions in what some experts are calling a 'kickback' from Blackstone.

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We made a graphic to show just how bad the COVID-19 outbreaks in Trump's circle are.

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Joe Biden's Cabinet-in-waiting: Meet the people in play for a new administration, and Biden's picks for key roles like Secretary of Transportation and COVID-19 response.

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The cannabis industry is set for a wave of M&A after 5 states voted to legalize marijuana and the House voted to decriminalize cannabis. Industry insiders lay out who's going shopping and the types of deals you can expect.

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This isn't a third coronavirus wave — it's a tsunami. This chart shows how much worse the fall surge is than any before.

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This chart shows how 4 of the wealthiest men in the US got $229 billion richer in 2020.

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We created a searchable database of the people behind QAnon, including its supporters and enablers.

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People from New York and California moved in droves this year — here are the states that benefited from the mass exodus, from Idaho to Texas.

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