To the men and women who are inclined to forget that Saturday is Valentine’s Day, these statistics — shot from the cupids at the U.S. Census Bureau — are for you.
Who is to blame for Valentine’s Day, some particularly jaded folks this week might ask? In 496 A.D., Pope Gelasius I declared Feb. 14 as Valentine’s Day. Then Esther Howland, a Massachusetts native, is credited with selling the first mass-produced Valentine’s cards in the 1840s.
People this week will rush out to buy flowers for their sweethearts. But they may like to know that in 2012 there were 14,344 florist establishments, employing 62,397 people.
People spend a lot on imported flowers — $295 million — for cut flowers and buds for bouquets in 2014 through November. The total value of cut roses as of October 2014 was $408 million.
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Don’t forget sweets for the sweet. The U.S. in 2012 had 1,379 manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate products. They employed 37,998 people. California led the country with 152 of these candy-makers followed by New York with 119. The value of shipments of chocolate and cocoa products in 2011 was estimated at $13.5 million.
Chocolate isn’t the only gift worth giving for Valentine’s Day. There are other candies, and the U.S. in 2012 had 445 establishments that made them, employing 20,419 people. California again leads the country here with 46 establishments. Non-chocolate confectionery product manufacturing is a $8.4 billion industry.
For the high-end crowd, jewelry might be the thing to give on Saturday. If so, the U.S. in 2012 had 23,413 jewelry stores from which to choose.
And then there’s love. The number of dating services in the United States in 2007 was 393, employing 3,125 people and generating $928 million in revenue.
Love also gets second chances. The census reports that in 2013, 19.2 percent of men and women have been married twice and 5.3 percent have done the dance at the alter three or more times. But 75.5 percent of people who have been married have done so just once.
The median age of first marriages in 2013 for men was 29 and 26.6 for women. Overall, 52.7 percent of people age 15 and older reported being married.
In 2013, 68.6 percent of people age 15 and older reported having been married at some point in their lives.
Between 1990 and 1994, 74.5 percent of women who married for the first time reached their 10th anniversary. That’s compared with 82.8 percent of women who married for the first time and reached their 10th anniversary between 1960 and 1964.
Between 1990 and 1994, 77.3 percent of men had married for the first time and reached their 10th anniversary. That was down from 83.4 percent of men who married for the first time and reached their 10th anniversary between 1960 and 1964.
Enjoy the chocolates, hearts and fun census facts leading up to Valentine’s Day.