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Valentine's Day Statistics

Facts and Figures for Valentine's Day 2014


St. Valentine's Day is a celebration of love. Sweethearts exchange gifts of cards, flowers, candy and jewelry. Elementary schools commemorate the day when students give each other Valentine’s cards. The day is named after St. Valentine, a third century priest who tradition says was martyred on February 14, 270. St. Valentine is known for conducting weddings contrary to the decree of Emperor Claudius II.

The U.S. Census Bureau compiles data on numerous aspects of life in the U.S. Although there are not any questions on the census form asking directly about Valentine‘s Day, there are certain industries, such those involving candy, flowers and jewelry that the Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics collect data on. Every year the Census Bureau looks at the data and releases statistics pertaining to Valentine‘s Day. Some of the most recent Valentine’s Day statistics are below.

  • In 2010 there were an estimated 41 million school children to potentially exchange Valentine’s cards with. This number is really just an estimate from the 2010 U.S. Census of children aged 5 to 14 in the United States. Of course not every child exchanges Valentine‘s. And some people who exchange cards fall outside this age range.
  • In the year 2009 there were 1,177 chocolate and cocoa product manufacturing establishments. 135 of these were in California and 111 were in Pennsylvania.
  • In 2009 there were 34,252 people employed at chocolate factories.
  • The total value of the chocolate and cocoa products produced in the year 2009 was $12.6 billion
  • In 2010 the annual per capita candy consumption in the U.S. was 24.7 pounds.
  • The value of cut flowers produced by operations with $100,000 or more in sales in the U.S. in 2010 was $375 million. Of this value $17 million, or just over 22%, was due to roses.
  • In 2009 there were 17,124 florists across the U.S. These businesses had a total of 75,855 employed.
  • In the U.S. in the year 2009 there were 24,973 jewelry stores.
  • In February 2011 jewelry stores in the U.S. sold a total of $2.27 billion.
  • In 2009 nearly 5,800 marriages were preformed each day in the United States. This resulted in 2.1 million marriages in 2012.
  • In 2009 in Nevada, 108,150 marriages were performed. This is the fifth highest of the 50 states, even though Nevada was 35th in terms of population.
  • In the year 2011 the median age for a first marriage for men was 28.7 years and the median age for a first marriage for women was 26.5 years.
  • Slightly more than 53% of all adults in the U.S. in 2011 were married. The percentage of those married at some point in their life was 69%.
  • Of the women who married for the first time between 1990 and 1994, 74.5% of them were still married after ten years.
  • Of the women who married for the first time between 1960 and 1964, 83% of them were still married after ten years.
  • In 2009 slightly over 6% of all currently married women had been married for at least 50 years. Those married for at least 15 years comprised over half of all currently married women.
  • Some places to visit with Valentine’s Day related names are:
    • Rose City, in the states of Texas and Michigan
    • South Heart, North Dakota
    • Loveland, in the states of Colorado, Ohio and Oklahoma.
    • Darling, Minnesota
    • Romeo in the states of Colorado and Michigan.
    • Valentine in both the states of Nebraska and Texas
    • Love Valley, N.C.
    • Lovejoy, Georgia
    • Loves Park, Illinois
    • Lovelock, New Mexico
    • Lovington, New Mexico.

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