Statistics of the Year


The Royal Statistical Society will be announcing its Statistics of the Year in December 2020.

We have a judging panel comprising eminent statisticians, journalists, economists and pollsters, chaired by the RSS vice president for external affairs, Professor Jennifer Rogers. 

Last year’s winning and highly commended statistics covered a diverse and fascinating range of topics – such as deforestation, life expectancy and productivity.

Read about last year’s winning statistics.


  • Your nominated statistic should ideally have a public interest dimension to it
  • The statistic does not need to have an established media profile – it could be a number that is newsworthy but, in your view, has not previously received the attention it deserves
  • The statistic should be accurate, coherent and not misleading
  • It should ideally provide an interesting insight into a specific issue
  • Examples could include:
    • A statistic that debunks a popular myth
    • A statistic relevant to a key news story or social trend
  • Your nominated statistic does not necessarily need to have been produced within 2020 but it does need to have become relevant in that time
  • The RSS particularly welcomes nominations that reflect a wide breadth, geographic spread and diversity of topics. We particularly encourage nominations covering topics or issues that have been under-represented in previous Statistics of the Year.
  • The judges will consider any potential limitations or criticisms of the statistic they select – you are urged to address any such potential drawbacks proactively in your submission to help strengthen its chances of success
  • In its announcement of the winning and ‘highly commended’ entries, the RSS will set out the statistics’ significance and what, in the judging panel’s view, they do and don’t convey.

Nominations are now closed.

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