Who’s the Most Popular YouTuber in Every Country?
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Forgot about becoming an astronaut—these days, kids are three times more likely to dream of becoming a professional YouTuber.
And who can blame them? With a big enough fan base, vlogging can be a lucrative business. Who exactly are these professional content creators, and how do they make their money?
This graphic by Accredited Debt Relief shows the most popular YouTuber in nearly every country. The list only considers individual YouTubers, so brands, bands, or shows didn’t make the cut.
How Do YouTubers Make Money?
Before diving into the list, it’s important to understand the basics of the business. How do these content creators generate revenue?
If a YouTuber reaches 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours within a year, they can start to monetize their account with advertisements. YouTubers only get paid when a viewer watches the full ad, or clicks on it.
- YouTube Premium
This is a monthly subscription service that allows fans to watch their favourite content without ads. YouTubers get a cut of subscription profits, based on how many views their channel attracts.
- Corporate Sponsorships
Also known as influencer marketing, this is when brands pay content creators to promote their product. A vlogger typically needs a large following before brands are willing to work with them, but expectations from brands vary based on the company and their marketing objectives.
- Merchandise Sales
If an influencer has a loyal fan base, they can make a pretty penny selling branded swag. It’s estimated that PewDiePie, the world’s most popular YouTuber, makes over $6 million a month from merch sales.
While there are several options for making money on YouTube, it’s nearly impossible to make a living without a large following.
The Full Breakdown
With over 50 million content creators on YouTube, getting noticed is no easy feat. Here’s a look at the most popular YouTubers in 187 different countries, based on their total subscribers:
|Country||YouTuber||Category||Subscribers||Est. Monthly Earnings (USD$)|
|🇮🇸 Iceland||Sorelle Amore||Entertainment||965,000||$3,300|
|🇧🇸 Bahamas||Crypto Beadles||Tech||92,600||$2,400|
|🇨🇾 Cyprus||TumkaGames / Тумка:3||Gaming||900,000||$7,900|
|🇲🇿 Mozambique||Arte e Vida||Entertainment||86,800||$655|
|🇹🇿 Tanzania||Young Tubers||Kids||828,000||$63,100|
|🇱🇾 Libya||King GTA||Gaming||812,000||$69,900|
|🇪🇹 Ethiopia||Amharic Cooking||How To||81,700||$872|
|🇧🇼 Botswana||Shree craft place||How To||80,800||$11,000|
|🇹🇴 Tonga||TasteoftheSouthPacific||How To||8,700||$281|
|🇻🇳 Vietnam||NTN Vlogs||Entertainment||8,610,000||$19,600|
|🇸🇪 Sweden||Narins Beauty||Beauty & Style||8,310,000||$203,300|
|🇷🇸 Serbia||Life Hacks & Experiments||How To||8,040,000||$318,400|
|🇫🇲 Micronesia, Federated States of||dxd101||Entertainment||79,300||$2,700|
|🇬🇾 Guyana||Pro Marathi||Tech||77,000||$29|
|🇵🇸 Palestine||Fozi Mozi||Kids||7,700,000||$723,900|
|🇩🇿 Algeria||Oum Walid||How To||7,470,000||$217,700|
|🇹🇱 Timor Leste||king_vieira OFFICIAL||Music||7,300||$221|
|🇮🇶 Iraq||قناة منوعات الكوميدية العراقيه||People & Blogs||7,260,000||$593,000|
|🇦🇿 Azerbaijan||Resul Abbasov Official||Entertainment||668,000||$33,400|
|🇸🇨 Seychelles||Rosa Gruner||Gaming||60,900||$7,100|
|🇬🇼 Guinea-Bissau||Editing ki Dukan||How To||60,500||$635|
|🇷🇴 Romania||Be Inspired||Education||6,690,000||$86,500|
|🇵🇦 Panama||Mimonona Stories||Kids||6,230,000||$7,900|
|🇱🇦 Laos||Bigyai Seehalad||Entertainment||582,000||$114,300|
|🇧🇧 Barbados||Brilliant News||Entertainment||580,000||$158,500|
|🇧🇹 Bhutan||Cigano Ramires||People & Blogs||56,900||$7,200|
|🇺🇸 United States of America||Like Nastya||Kids||56,900,000||$7,730,000|
|🇧🇿 Belize||ngashigi kangleipak||People & Blogs||56,300||$806|
|🇩🇯 Djibouti||Eman Lotfi||Entertainment||55,700||$1,400|
|🇧🇳 Brunei||Bernardo Werneck||Entertainment||52,800||n/a|
|🇸🇲 San Marino||BlackJack997||Autos||51,500||$222|
|🇲🇳 Mongolia||Mesmerism Official||Comedy||504,000||$16,300|
|🇪🇬 Egypt||Ahmed Hassan Family||Entertainment||5,450,000||$218,200|
|🇳🇿 New Zealand||Rainbow Learning||Kids||5,250,000||$5,100|
|🇬🇪 Georgia||Guka Family Show||Kids||5,210,000||$339,800|
|🇦🇹 Austria||Fabio Wibmer||Sports||5,020,000||$317,000|
|🇻🇨 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||The Motivator 2||Sports||48,100||$60|
|🇲🇬 Madagascar||Philippe MARRONE||Sports||47,700||$3,800|
|🇸🇧 Solomon Islands||Caroline Elizabeth||Entertainment||45,400||$54|
|🇲🇼 Malawi||Dj Àmit Áligarh||Music||44,100||$468|
|🇧🇯 Benin||Ma Chaîne||How To||42,000||$611|
|🇮🇱 Israel||Jamal alimwase ـ جمال العمواسي||Nature||4,730,000||$89,100|
|🏴 Wales||Ben Phillips||Entertainment||4,610,000||$53,600|
|🇧🇩 Bangladesh||Farjana Drawing Academy||How To||4,580,000||$225,300|
|🇸🇮 Slovenia||TimKo Kid||Kids||4,450,000||$58,200|
|🇩🇴 Dominican Republic||ElFlacoWTF||Entertainment||4,270,000||$54,000|
|🇧🇪 Belgium||Akosi Dogie||Entertainment||4,210,000||$415,400|
|🇸🇩 Sudan||المنهج السلفي بالسودان||People & Blogs||398,000||$20,400|
|🇸🇴 Somalia||Balanbaalis Studio||Music||384,000||$1,500|
|🇳🇦 Namibia||Namiban gospel music||Entertainment||38,800||$1,200|
|🇧🇫 Burkina Faso||Jackson Oliveira||Entertainment||38,700||$333|
|🇸🇱 Sierra Leone||BlackPearl||How To||36,800||$327|
|🇸🇻 El Salvador||Fernanfloo||Gaming||36,600,000||$730,900|
|🇿🇼 Zimbabwe||King Gryph||Gaming||334,000||$639|
|🇰🇳 Saint Kitts and Nevis||Dr.Mungli||Education||33,500||$873|
|🇰🇪 Kenya||Henry DeSagu||Entertainment||328,000||$8,800|
|🇹🇬 Togo||Fortnite Fantasy||Gaming||310,000||$2,900|
|🇹🇲 Turkmenistan||Ned Tocino||Entertainment||31,200||n/a|
|🇬🇳 Guinea||Faits - Divers GUINEE||News||30,600||$11|
|🇩🇰 Denmark||SYBO TV||Gaming||3,750,000||$76,400|
|🇧🇭 Bahrain||عمر فاروق Omar Farooq||Entertainment||3,500,000||$23,800|
|🇦🇱 Albania||Co Vines||Entertainment||3,440,000||$81,700|
|🇵🇰 Pakistan||Kitchen with Amna||How To||3,420,000||$101,700|
|🇵🇼 Palau||Ananda Kelly||How To||3,300||$26|
|🇹🇼 Taiwan||TGOP (This Group Of People)||Entertainment||3,260,000||$15,300|
|🇪🇪 Estonia||Life of Boris||Entertainment||3,040,000||$56,200|
|🇨🇭 Switzerland||LE GRAND JD||Entertainment||3,020,000||$65,300|
|🇨🇲 Cameroon||BYSNESS Comédie Club||Comedy||292,000||$7,300|
|🇱🇨 Saint Lucia||The Dating Guru||How To||28,000||$32|
|🇰🇵 North Korea||Making ASMR||How To||260,000||$15|
|🇸🇹 Sao Tome and Principe||Anrita Melchizedek||Education||25,300||$95|
|🇹🇹 Trinidad and Tobago||Certified sampson||Comedy||241,000||$19,400|
|🇮🇪 Ireland (Republic of)||jacksepticeye||Gaming||24,300,000||$991,700|
|🇮🇩 Indonesia||Atta Halilintar||Entertainment||24,100,000||$218,900|
|🇨🇬 Congo (Republic of the)||ASTUCES NATURELLES - DR KOLO||Education||230,000||$1,300|
|🇩🇲 Dominica||Chanel Raphael.||People & Blogs||23,500||$1,900|
|🇬🇩 Grenada||Laura Forde||How To||23,200||$611|
|🇺🇿 Uzbekistan||Jasur Hamroyev||People & Blogs||220,000||$2,000|
|🇦🇪 United Arab Emirates||shfa||Kids||22,200,000||$287,200|
|🇹🇯 Tajikistan||Shava TuBe||People & Blogs||215,000||$674|
|🇦🇫 Afghanistan||Tech Zaada||Tech||206,000||$8,100|
|🇨🇻 Cape Verde||Fred walkthrough||Gaming||203,000||$1,800|
|🇬🇧 Ireland (Northern)||Adam B||People & Blogs||2,930,0000||$47,600|
|🇾🇪 Yemen||صدام العزي||Entertainment||2,890,0000||$92,000|
|🇨🇿 Czech Republic||ViralBrothers||Entertainment||2,780,000||$7,800|
|🇱🇷 Liberia||مهووس عضلات/كمال الاجسام||How To||2,770,000||$136,900|
|🇸🇰 Slovakia||Peter PlutaX||How To||2,700,000||$169,000|
|🇳🇮 Nicaragua||JR INN||Comedy||2,670,000||$65,200|
|🇭🇰 Hong Kong||Emi Wong||People & Blogs||2,540,000||$42,700|
|🏴 Scotland||Mike Boyd||Entertainment||2,440,000||$31,500|
|🇬🇷 Greece||KM Music||Entertainment||2,260,000||$317,100|
|🇵🇾 Paraguay||TÍO RICZER||Entertainment||2,200,000||$15,600|
|🇱🇹 Lithuania||Maria OMG||Entertainment||2,160,000||$128,100|
|🇴🇲 Oman||قرية العجائب||Entertainment||2,150,000||$13,000|
|🇱🇧 Lebanon||Laila Mourad||Entertainment||2,140,000||$7,200|
|🇰🇲 Comoros||Vallenatos En Vivo Oficial||Entertainment||199,000||$152|
|🇭🇹 Haiti||Komedyen Lakay Official||Comedy||197,000||$4,300|
|🇲🇱 Mali||MS2A FUNNY||Comedy||195,000||$5,600|
|🇨🇫 Central African Republic||THE TRUE ROYAL FAMILY||Education||19,700||$311|
|🇲🇺 Mauritius||Ikhlaas MJ||Entertainment||170,000||$34,900|
|🇸🇦 Saudi Arabia||mmoshaya||Entertainment||17,300,000||$913,300|
|🇧🇮 Burundi||Gasore Ismael Comedien||Comedy||16,400||$429|
|🇦🇺 Australia||CKN Toys||Kids||15,400,000||$838,700|
|🇸🇷 Suriname||SRJ Musik||Music||146,000||$820|
|🇮🇷 Iran||KhanAga Alireza Alibabaei Jabbari||Entertainment||138,000||$63|
|🇰🇷 South Korea||Boram Tube ToysReview [보람튜브 토이리뷰]||Kids||13,800,000||$13,400|
|🇹🇭 Thailand||Kaykai Salaider||Entertainment||13,600,000||$194,600|
|🇳🇱 Netherlands||NikkieTutorials||Beauty & Style||13,400,000||$90,500|
|🇵🇪 Peru||Shidory Drawblogs||Entertainment||13,300,000||$195,900|
|🇹🇷 Turkey||Enes Batur||Entertainment||13,100,000||$1,120,000|
|🇵🇭 Philippines||Ranz Kyle||Entertainment||12,000,000||$52,400|
|🇲🇲 Myanmar||khunThinmg pao||Comedy||119,000||$4,800|
|🇬🇦 Gabon||Xavier HUBERT-BRIERRE||Nature||113,000||$7,000|
|🇨🇴 Colombia||Ami Rodriguez||Entertainment||11,700,000||$244,000|
|🇬🇲 The Gambia||ebrohaugh||People & Blogs||11,400||$159|
|🇨🇳 China||李子柒 Liziqi||How To||11,100,000||$810,000|
|🇷🇼 Rwanda||Shangazi Emma-Claudine||People & Blogs||108,000||$2,900|
|🇲🇷 Mauritania||INFOS AABD||Tech||102,000||$236|
|🇳🇴 Norway||SaraBeautyCorner - DIY, Comedy, Makeup, Nail Art||Beauty & Style||10,600,000||$100,900|
|🇪🇨 Ecuador||Doc Tops||Entertainment||10,500,000||$307,500|
|🇰🇮 Kiribati||TV WULKAN - లొఽథటలలొప్రఠఽరగల్వ||Entertainment||10,200||$2|
|🇱🇸 Lesotho||Omnia Stars||How To||1,900||$2|
|🇭🇺 Hungary||R3D 1||Entertainment||1,990,000||$56,200|
|🇱🇻 Latvia||Little Movies Games & Fun||Gaming||1,940,000||$19,800|
|🇳🇵 Nepal||Tattato Khabar||News||1,850,000||$69,800|
|🇿🇦 South Africa||morecaspar||Entertainment||1,750,000||$205|
|🇨🇮 Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)||video whatsapptube||Entertainment||1,700,000||$5,100|
|🇨🇷 Costa Rica||Germán Rodezel||Entertainment||1,690,000||$13,600|
|🇧🇴 Bolivia||Edson FDB||Gaming||1,640,000||$48,800|
|🇶🇦 Qatar||Kareemtime Official||Comedy||1,530,000||$40,000|
|🇧🇦 Bosnia and Herzegovina||Omco||Comedy||1,480,000||$227,000|
|🇲🇨 Monaco||Jon Olsson||People & Blogs||1,470,000||$24,900|
|🇿🇲 Zambia||Cartoon Club||Kids||1,440,000||$3,400|
|🇱🇰 Sri Lanka||Apé Amma||People & Blogs||1,430,000||$94,500|
|🇦🇲 Armenia||Arin أرين||Entertainment||1,410,000||$145,500|
|🇰🇿 Kazakhstan||Ekaterina Saibel||People & Blogs||1,310,000||$20,600|
|🇭🇳 Honduras||músicos Cínicos 鯉||Music||1,270,000||$139,600|
|🇭🇷 Croatia||Doctor DS||Autos||1,260,000||$86,400|
|🇸🇳 Senegal||Hussein and Zeinab.||Kids||1,230,000||$184,700|
|🇺🇬 Uganda||Masaka Kids Afrikana||Kids||1,140,000||$103,600|
|🇰🇬 Kyrgyzstan||Сань Янь||Kids||1,140,000||$475|
|🇸🇾 Syria||OtakuGamer - أوتاكو قيمر||Gaming||1,130,000||$114,900|
|🇸🇿 Swaziland (Eswatini)||OuSSama MiZani||Entertainment||779||n/a|
*Note: Estimated earnings were calculated via NoxInfluencer. Actual earnings may vary.
As mentioned earlier, the world’s most popular YouTuber is Swedish-born vlogger PewDiePie. He’s well known for his “Let’s Play” videos, which document him playing various video games. PewDiePie joined YouTube in 2010, and has now amassed 105 million subscribers. While he’s based in England, his channel is registered under the United States.
It’s worth noting the vast discrepancies between certain countries. For example, while the U.S.’s most popular YouTuber, Like Nastya boasts 57 million subscribers, Eswatini’s top vlogger, OuSSama MiZani has less than 800. Clearly, some markets are more saturated than others.
Categories, Ranked by Popularity
Geography isn’t the only factor that impacts popularity—the type of content is important as well. Which 10 categories do the top earning YouTubers fall into?
|Rank||Category||Number of Top Earning YouTubers|
|6||People & Blogs||14|
|10||Beauty & Style||3|
Not surprisingly, the most popular category is entertainment, which has 72 of the top earning YouTubers. Some of the biggest YouTube personalities fall under this category, such as PewDiePie and Chilean YouTuber HolaSoyGerman, who has 41 million subscribers.
The second most popular category is gaming, which has 25 of YouTube’s top earners. Some big names in this category include Ireland’s jacksepticeye with 24.7 million subscribers, and Canada’s VanossGaming, who has 25.2 million.
In third place are “How To” videos—18 of the 187 top earners fall into this category. Life Hacks & Experiments is the most popular YouTuber in this group, with 8.3 million subscribers.
Categories, Ranked by Earnings
Here’s the highest earning YouTuber on this list for each category.
|Rank||Category||Top Earner in Category||Est. Monthly Earnings|
|4||How To||李子柒 Liziqi||$810.0K|
|5||People & Blogs||قناة منوعات الكوميدية العراقيه||$593.0K|
|8||Beauty & Style||Narins Beauty||$203.3K|
|9||Nature||Jamal alimwase ـ جمال العمواسي||$89.1K|
When ranked by monthly earnings, the kids category comes in at first place. Six-year-old Like Nastya makes an estimated $7.73 million per month—that’s over 5 million more than the second ranking category, which is entertainment. The third most lucrative category is gaming, with the highest earner, jacksepticeye grossing an estimated $990,000 a month.
It’s important to note that figures are estimates of each YouTuber’s ad revenue, so it doesn’t account for corporate sponsorships, merchandise sales, or any fan donations.
So for all we know, these influencers could be making even more money. If that doesn’t inspire you to start posting amateur videos on YouTube, we don’t know what will.
Visualized: The World Leaders In Positions of Power (1970-Today)
Who has led the world’s 15 most powerful countries over the last 50 years? This visual looks at world leaders from 1970 to today.
Visualized: The World Leaders In Positions of Power
Who were the world leaders when the Berlin Wall fell? How many women have been heads of state in prominent governments? And who are the newest additions to the list of world leaders?
This graphic reveals the leaders of the most influential global powers since 1970. Countries were selected based on the 2020 Most Powerful Countries ranking from the U.S. News & World Report.
Note: Switzerland has been omitted due to the swiftly changing nature of their national leadership.
The 1970s: Economic Revolutions
Our graphic starts in 1970, a year in which Leonid Brezhnev ruled the Soviet Union, while on the other side of the Iron Curtain, Willy Brandt was presiding over West Germany.
In the U.S., Richard Nixon implemented a series of economic shocks to stimulate the economy, but resigned in scandal due to the Watergate tapes in 1974. In the same time period, China was undergoing rapid industrialization and economic hardship under the final years of rule of communist revolutionary Mao Zedong, until his death in 1976.
In 1975, the King of Saudi Arabia, Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was assassinated by his nephew. The decade also marked the end of Park Chung-Hee’s dictatorship in South Korea when he was assassinated in 1979.
To cap off the decade, Margaret Thatcher became the first female prime minister of the United Kingdom in 1979, transforming the British economy using a laissez-faire economic policy that would come to be known as Thatcherism.
The 1980s: Reaganomics and the Fall of the Wall
The 1980s saw Ronald Reagan elected in the U.S., beginning an era of deregulation and economic growth. Reagan would actually meet the Soviet Union’s president, Mikhail Gorbachev in 1985 to discuss human rights and nuclear arms control amid the tensions of the Cold War.
The 1984 assassination of the Indian prime minister, Indira Gandhi was also a defining event of the decade. She was succeeded by her son, Rajiv Gandhi for only seven years before his own assassination in 1991.
The ‘80s were clearly turbulent times for world leaders, especially towards the end of the decade. In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell and Germany was reunified under chancellor Helmut Kohl. 1989 was also the year when the devastating events occurred at the Tiananmen Square protests in China, under president Deng Xiaoping. The event left a lasting mark on China’s history and politics.
The 1990s: War 2.0 and the Promise of the EU
The beginning of a new decade marked the end of the Cold War and the fall of the Soviet Union, leading to Boris Yeltsin’s position as the first president of the Russian Federation. A sense of peace, or at least the knowledge that a finger wasn’t floating above a nuclear launch button at any given moment, brought a sense of global calm.
However, this does not mean the decade was without conflict. The Gulf War began in 1990, led by the U.S. military’s Commander-in-Chief George H.W. Bush. In the mid-90s, prime minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel was assassinated by Jewish extremists.
In spite of this, the ‘90s were a time of optimism for many. In 1993, the European project began. The European Union was founded with the support European leaders like the UK’s prime minister John Major, France’s president Francois Mitterrand, and chancellor Helmut Kohl of Germany.
The 2000s: Historic Firsts and Power Shifts
The dawn of a new century had people feeling both hopeful and scared. While Y2K didn’t end the world, many transformative events did occur, such as the 9/11 attacks in New York and the subsequent war on terror led by U.S. president George W. Bush.
On the other hand, Angela Merkel made history becoming the first female chancellor of Germany in 2005. A few years later, Barack Obama also achieved a momentous ‘first’ as the first African-American president in the United States.
The 2000s to early 2010s also revealed rapidly changing power shifts in Japan. Shinzō Abe rose to power in 2006, and after five leadership changes in seven years, he eventually circled back, ending up as prime minister again by 2013—a position he held until late 2020.
|Country||Number of Leaders Since 1970|
|🇰🇷 South Korea||10|
|🇸🇦 Saudi Arabia||5|
The 2010s: World Leaders Face Uncertainty
The 2010s were more than eventful. The Hong Kong protests under Chinese president Xi Jinping, and the annexation of Crimea led by Vladimir Putin, uncovered the wavering dominance of democracy and international law.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s move to introduce a Brexit referendum, resulted in just over half of the British population voting to leave the EU in 2016. This vote led to a rising feeling of protectionism and a shift away from globalization and multilateral cooperation.
Donald Trump’s U.S. presidential election was a shocking political longshot in the same year. Trump’s stint as president will likely have a longstanding impact on the course of American politics.
Two countries elected their first female leaders in this decade: president Park Geun-Hye in South Korea, and prime minister Julia Gillard in Australia. Here’s a look at which global powers have been led by women in the last 50 years.
|🇦🇺 Australia||Julia Gillard|
|🇨🇦 Canada||Kim Campbell|
|🇩🇪 Germany||Angela Merkel|
|🇮🇳 India||Indira Gandhi|
|🇮🇱 Israel||Golda Meir|
|🇰🇷 South Korea||Park Geun-Hye|
|🇹🇷 Turkey||Tansu Ciller|
|🇬🇧 UK||Margaret Thatcher|
|🇬🇧 UK||Theresa May|
2020 to Today
No one can avoid talking about 2020 without talking about COVID-19. Many world leaders have been praised for their positive handling of the pandemic, such as Angela Merkel in Germany. Others on the other hand, like Boris Johnson, have received critiques for slow responses and mismanagement.
The year 2020 packed about as much punch on its own as an entire decade does, from geopolitical tensions to a nail-biting 2020 U.S. election. The world is on high alert as the now twice-impeached Trump prepares his transfer of power following the riot at the U.S. Capitol.
The newest addition to the ranks of world leaders, Joe Biden, has recently taken his place as the 46th president of the United States on January 20, 2021.
Editor’s note: We’ll continue to update this graphic on world leaders as time goes on. Unfortunately, we were unable to include world leaders from more countries, as we were limited by the graphic format and user experience.
U.S. Presidential Voting History from 1976-2020 (Animated Map)
With this map of U.S. presidential voting history by state, discover patterns that have emerged over the last twelve elections.
U.S. Presidential Voting History by State
After a tumultuous election, all states have now certified their 2020 presidential voting results. Which states changed party allegiance, and how do the results compare to previous years?
Note: this post has been updated on January 19, 2021 to reflect the latest data.
Each State’s Winning Party
To calculate the winning ratio, we divided the votes for the state’s winning party by the total number of state votes. Here’s another look at the same data, visualized in a different way.
This graphic was inspired by this Reddit post.
As the voting history shows, some states—such as Alaska, Oklahoma, and Wyoming—have consistently supported the Republican Party. On the other hand, Hawaii, Minnesota, and the District of Columbia have been Democrat strongholds for many decades.
The District of Columbia (D.C.) is a federal district, and is not part of any U.S. State. Its population is urban and has a large percentage of Black and college-educated citizens, all of which are groups that tend to identify as Democrat.
Swing states typically see a close contest between Democrats and Republicans. For example, Florida’s average margin of victory for presidential candidates has been just 2.7% since 1996. It’s often seen as a key battleground, and for good reason: the state has 29 electoral college votes, meaning it has a high weighting in the final outcome.
Memorable Election Years
Within U.S. presidential voting history, some election results stand out more than others. In 1984, President Reagan was re-elected in a landslide victory, winning 49 out of 50 states. The remarkable win has been credited to the economic recovery during Reagan’s first term, Reagan’s charisma, and voters’ opposition to the Democrat’s planned tax increases.
In 1992, self-made Texas billionaire Ross Perot ran as a third-party candidate. He captured almost 19% of the popular vote, the highest percentage of any third-party presidential candidate in over 80 years. While he gained support from those looking for a change from traditional party politics, Bill Clinton ultimately went on to win the election.
Most recently, the 2020 election had a record voter turnout, with 66.3% of the eligible population casting a ballot. There was also a record number of mail-in ballots due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This led to widespread allegations of voter fraud, with President Trump and his allies filing 62 lawsuits seeking to overturn election results. In the end, 61 of the lawsuits were defeated and congress confirmed Joe Biden’s victory.
Voting History of Swing States
Both Trump and Biden focused on battleground states in 2020, but where were they successful? Here are nine of the swing states, and their voting history over the last two elections.
|2020 Winning Ratio||2020 Margin of Victory||2016 Winning Ratio||2016 Margin of Victory|
|Arizona||49.4% Democrat||0.31%||48.7% Republican||3.60%|
|Florida||51.2% Republican||3.36%||49.0% Republican||1.20%|
|Georgia||49.5% Democrat||0.24%||50.8% Republican||5.20%|
|Iowa||53.2% Republican||8.20%||51.2% Republican||9.40%|
|Michigan||50.6% Democrat||2.78%||47.5% Republican||0.20%|
|North Carolina||50.1% Republican||1.35%||49.8% Republican||3.60%|
|Ohio||53.3% Republican||8.03%||51.7% Republican||8.10%|
|Pennsylvania||50.0% Democrat||1.16%||48.9% Republican||0.70%|
|Wisconsin||49.5% Democrat||0.63%||47.2% Republican||0.70%|
The Republican party won four of the swing states in 2020, including Florida. However, 2020 was the first year since 1964 that the candidate who won Florida did not go on to win the election.
Five of the states—Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin—flipped allegiance to the Democrats. In Georgia, the margin of victory was as small as 0.24% or about 12,000 votes. Ultimately, winning over these states helped lead to a Biden victory.
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