Did you know that almost 150 million cards are exchanged each Valentine’s Day? Or that more than 40,000 Americans are employed in chocolate companies? Explore these and many more Valentine’s Day facts about cards, chocolate, flowers and candy, the hallmarks of Valentine’s Day.
LOOKING FOR LOVE
141 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, so Valentine’s Day is the second most popular occasion to give cards. In addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Denmark, Italy and Japan.
More than 50 percent of all Valentine’s Day cards are purchased in the six days before the celebration, which makes Valentine’s Day a treat for those who are late.
The research reveals that more than half of the US population. In United States, Celebrate Valentine’s Day by buying a greeting card.
There are 119 single men (that is, never married, widowed or divorced) who are in their 20s for every 100 single women of the same age. The corresponding numbers for the following races and ethnic groups are:
Hispanics: 153 men for every 100 women
Asians (one race): 132 men for every 100 women (this proportion is not significantly different from that of Hispanics or non-Hispanic whites).
White non-Hispanic (single race): 120 men for every 100 women
Blacks (single race): 92 men for every 100 women (The figures for African-American men and women in this age group are not significantly different from each other.
There are 34 single men (ie never married, widowed or divorced) aged 65 or older for every 100 single women of the same age. The corresponding numbers for the following races and ethnic groups are:
Hispanics: 38 men for every 100 women
Non-Hispanic whites (single race): 33 men for every 100 women
Blacks (single race): 33 men for every 100 women
Asians (one race): 28 men for every 100 women
(Note: none of the proportions for the individual groups differs significantly from each other or from the proportion for all persons 65 years and older).
904: The number of dating service establishments throughout the country since 2002. These establishments, which include online dating services, employed nearly 4,300 people and obtained $ 489 million in revenue.
2.2 million marriages take place in the United States annually. That is divided to more than 6,000 per day.
112,185 marriages were held in Nevada during 2008. Many couples “get married” in the State of Plata, which ranked fourth in the nation in marriages, despite the fact that its total population that year was 35 °.
The estimated average ages in the United States in the first marriage for women and men are 25.9 and 27.6 respectively, in 2008. The age for women increased 4.2 years in the last three decades. The age for men in the first marriage is 3.6 years.
Men and women in the northeastern states generally have a higher median age at first marriage than the national average. In Massachusetts, for example, women had a median of 27.4 years and men 29.1 years of age at first marriage. States where people generally marry young include Utah, where women had a median of 21.9 years and men, 23.9 years.
57% and 60% of American women and men, respectively, are 15 years old or older and are currently married (includes those who are separated).
70%: The percentage of men and women aged 30 to 34 in 2008 who have married at some point in their lives, either now or in the past.
4.9 million couples cohabiting with the opposite sex maintained households in 2005. These couples constituted 4.3 percent of all households.
CANDY IS DANDY
1,241: the number of places producing chocolate and cocoa products in 2004. These establishments employed 43,322 people. California led the nation in the number of such establishments with 136, followed by Pennsylvania with 122.
515 places produced confectionery products without chocolate in 2004. These establishments employed 22,234 people.
The total value of shipments in 2004 for companies that produce chocolate and cocoa products was $ 13.9 billion. The manufacture of confectionery without chocolate, meanwhile, was an industry of $ 5.7 billion.
3,467 Number of confectionery and nut shops in the United States in 2004. Often referred to as candy stores, they are among the best sources of candy for Valentine’s Day.
The per capita consumption of sweets by Americans in 2005 was 25.7 pounds. The consumption of sweets has actually decreased in recent years; In 1997, each American swallowed or savored more than 27 pounds of candy per year.
The total combined value of cut flowers of national production in 2005 for all flower production operations with $ 100,000 or more in sales was $ 397 million. Among the states, California was the main producer, only by almost three quarters of this amount ($ 289 million).
The total combined value of nationally cut roses in 2005 for all operations with $ 100,000 or more in sales was $ 39 million. Among all types of cut flowers, roses were third in receipts ($ 39 million) to lilies ($ 76.9 million) and tulips ($ 39.1 million).
There were 21,667 florists across the country in 2004. These companies employed 109,915 people.
There were 28,772 jewelries in the United States in 2004. Jewelry stores offer engagement, weddings and other rings for lovers of all ages. In February 2006, these stores sold merchandise valued at $ 2.6 billion. (This figure has not been adjusted for seasonal variation, holidays or differences in trading days or price changes). The merchandise in these places could well have been produced in one of the 1,864 jewelry manufacturing establishments in the country. Jewelry making was a $ 9 billion industry in 2004.