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By the numbers: Looking back at 2021 (and 2020)

A lot changed in a year. These numbers show how.

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Illustration of the number 2021 with characters running and working around it.
(Martin Gee / For The Times)

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COVID-19 deaths in U.093,S.

In 2020: 385,366

In 2021: 434,795

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COVID-19 cases in California

In 2020: 2,384,324

In 2021: 3,093,149

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COVID-19 deaths in California

In 2020: 25,802

In 2021: 50,045

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Acres burned in California wildfires

In 2020: 4,257,863

In 2021: 2,569,009

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Wildfires in California

In 2020: 9,917

In 2021: 8,618

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Percentage of California in moderate, severe, extreme or exceptional drought

December 2020: 95.17

December 2021: 100

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Percentage of California in worst category of exceptional drought

December 2020: 1

December 2021: 28.3

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Homicides in Los Angeles

In 2020: 277

In 2021: 397

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Current or former L.A. councilmen charged in corruption cases

In 2020: 2

In 2021: 1

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Passenger traffic at LAX

In 2020: 1,976,283

In 2021: 4,928,299

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Cases of unruly U.S. airline passengers

In 2020: 183

In 2021: 1,017

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Amount of fines against unruly airline passengers

In 2020: Not recorded

In 2021: $1.4 million

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Billionaires who went into space

In 2020: 0

In 2021: 4

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Hosts of “Jeopardy!”

In 2020: 1

In 2021: 17

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Shohei Ohtani home runs

In 2020: 7

In 2021: 46

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Sources

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, California Department of Public Health, Federal Aviation Administration, IMDb, Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles World Airports, MLB.com, NBC, Times reporting, U.S. Drought Monitor. Some categories reflect data from mid-December.
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