Yes, it’s Valentines Day once again. I thought it might be fun to think about some of the impacts of Cupid’s arrow on a National level. The following facts are
stolen taken straight from the US Census Bureau’s ‘Profile America – Facts for Features’.
1,177 - Number of U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2009, employing 34,252 people. California led the nation in the number of chocolate and cocoa manufacturing establishments, with 135, followed by Pennsylvania, with 111.
$12.6 billion - Total value of shipments in 2009 for firms producing chocolate and cocoa products.
24.7 pounds - Per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2010.
$375 million - The combined wholesale value of domestically produced cut flowers in 2010 for all flower-producing operations with $100,000 or more in sales. Among states, California was the leading producer, alone accounting for more than three-quarters of this amount ($286 million).
17,124 - The number of florists nationwide in 2009. These businesses employed 75,855 people.
24,973 - Number of jewelry stores in the United States in 2009. Jewelry stores offer engagement, wedding and other rings to couples of all ages. In February 2011, these stores sold $2.27 billion in merchandise.
2.1 million - The number of marriages that took place in the United States in 2009. That breaks down to nearly 5,800 a day.
108,150 - The number of marriages performed in Nevada during 2009. So many couples tie the knot in the Silver State that it ranked fifth nationally in marriages, even though its total population that year among states was 35th. (California ranked first in marriages.)
28.7 and 26.5 years - Median age at first marriage in 2011 for men and women, respectively.
393 - The number of dating service establishments nationwide as of 2007. These establishments, which include Internet dating services, employed 3,125 people and pulled in $928 million in revenue.
Happy Valentines Day