2016 had its ups and downs. It had dark moments and gleaming victories. However, when you want to summarize the year, one of the best ways is to break it down by the numbers.
Here are 10 numbers that summarize 2016.
$6.9 billion – The combined cost for the 2016 congressional and presidential races
This number is the highest in all of history. The race for the Presidency cost over a third of this total alone-$2,651 billion. However, as Hillary Clinton outspent Trump two-to-one, the race wasn’t won by money alone.
108 – How many years it has been since the Chicago Cubs won the World Series
This year found Cubs fans of all ages crying, screaming, and in a generally ecstatic mood as their favorite team won the World Series. It was also the first World Series game played on Wrigley Field since 1945.
29 – The number of states that went red in the 2016 General Election
States that have rarely ever gone red (like Michigan) flipped in order to help elect Donald Trump as the President-elect. This amazing victory showed that the country is sick and tired of the same-old elitist politics. Republicans also kept control of both chambers of the United States’ Congress.
33 and 32 – Republican governors and legislatures after the 2016 election
On top of bringing home the Presidency, Republicans won BIG all across the country. After the 2016 elections, 33 states now have Republican governors, and 32 states have completely red legislatures.
140 – Number of police officers killed in 2016
An all out war on police officers was waged across the country this year as groups such as Black Lives Matter encouraged divisiveness founded on race and law enforcement. Although police officers were killed during routine events that did not revolve around racial tension, the number of officers murdered, especially murdered ambush style, on the line of duty rose drastically in the past year.
33,000 – The number of emails Hillary Clinton is accused of destroying after receiving subpoena
I’m pretty sure that the makers of House of Cards had Hillary Clinton in mind when creating the character of Frank Underwood. The number of emails that put our national security at risk kept climbing as Clinton was investigated this year. It is estimated that she destroyed over 33,000 of these emails after being subpoenaed.
49 – The number of people murdered at the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando
In the deadliest terror attack on American soil since September 11th, 2001, 49 people were killed and 53 people were wounded when a gunman opened fire on the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando in late June. In the three hour standoff, the gunman openly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS). This was also the worst mass shooting in all of American history.
$19.9 trillion – The national debt as of December 1st, 2016
With a government that insists on growing its size and burdening the taxpayers with even more debt, at the end of 2016, the national debt reached almost $20 trillion. This astronomical number is a huge reminder about the need for drastic cuts in government spending.
$110 million – The most money made by a celebrity in 2016
At $110 million, the celebrity who was the top earner in 2016 is…Taylor Swift. The pop singer ranked first on Forbe’s “The Global Celebrity 100 2016” list.
130 million + – The number of votes cast in the 2016 Elections
Although a lot of people are still arguing over the exact number, most have settled on about 130 million votes cast in the 2016 Elections. Although this seems like a pretty good number, it means that unfortunately, over 90 million voters stayed home on Election Day. Your vote is your voice, and this is a message that needs to continue being spread across the country.
What was the most surprising number for you? Let HYPELINE know in the comments!