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

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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.
Jan.    Iran map

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This table reveals the unimaginable scale of Australia's fires.
1. Jan.   Australia 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.
Jan.   kobe map

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

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How Super Bowl ad costs have skyrocketed over the years.
3. Feb.   super bowl ads

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.
9. Apr.   MacKenzie Bezos

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

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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.
11. Apr.   infectious disease danger

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

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

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

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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.
14. Jun   citizenship

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

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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.
Jun   nuke a hurricane

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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
15. Jun   systemic racism

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US - here's how to prevent and treat the condition
16. Jul   heart attack symptoms

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

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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.
jeff epstein contacts

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A key metric - the share of coronavirus tests coming back positive - shows how states' outbreaks have gotten out of control.
19. Jul. covid testing rates by state

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

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

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

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

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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.
24. Oct.   flowchart of covid symptoms

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

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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.
schools investment banks recruit from

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

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

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33 states still regularly allow the kind of police raid that killed Breonna Taylor.
no knock police raid policies

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

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

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A timeline of Trump's statements about the coronavirus juxtaposed with new cases throughout the pandemic.
30. Oct.   trumps covid statements during pandemic

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How the coronavirus vaccine development compares to other shots in history.
31. Oct.   covid vaccine timeline

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How the 2020 election results compare to 2016.
32. Nov.   2020 vs. 2016 elections

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

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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.
web of investments and fees

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

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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.
35. Nov.   biden's cabinet in waiting

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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.
36. Nov   marijuana map

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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.
38. Nov.   covid surges

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

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

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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.
population change

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