Google's Year in Search 2020 report looks at trillions of searches in the United States to see what popped on the platform this year
WASHINGTON -- Over the past year, Americans turned to Google for answers about the 2020 presidential election, the coronavirus pandemic and its resulting economic impacts, racial injustice and the loss of legends.
That's according to Google's annual Year in Search trends recap, released Wednesday morning, which looks back at trillions of searches in the United States over the past 12 months to suss out which topics saw a sustained increase in interest compared to the year before.
On the political front, Americans searched for election results, information about the candidates -- President-elect Joe Biden topped the "People" category, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris coming in at number three -- and the election process (specifically in Nevada, which searchers thought was "taking so long" to deliver results). Searches related to racial injustice also spiked during the year, with trends emerging around the killing of George Floyd, the shooting of Jacob Blake and support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The COVID-19 pandemic unsurprisingly also spawned a bevy of search trends around the disease's symptoms, testing information and the impact on everyday life as safe-at-home orders were implemented around the country. The economic impact of the pandemic, meanwhile, came into full view as Americans searched for information about unemployment, the stock market and economic stimulus measures like direct payment stimulus checks.
And in times of tragedy, we turned to Google this year for information about the passing of icons like Kobe Bryant, Naya Rivera, Chadwick Boseman, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and others.
Keep reading for more of the year's top-trending searches across a variety of categories provided by Google or click here to see the full report.