FARGO – In honor of Valentine’s Day on Monday, the U.S. Census Bureau gives Americans a look at the holiday of love, loss and indulgence through demographics of the national population:
1,317 – Number of U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2008.
3,375 – Number of confectionery and nut stores in the United States in 2008.
24.3 pounds – Per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2009.
$359 million – The combined wholesale value of domestically produced cut flowers in 2009. Of that, $18 million were roses.
18,509 – The number of florists nationwide in 2008
26,683 – Number of jewelry stores in the United States in 2008. In February 2010, these stores sold $2.4 billion in merchandise.
1,644 – Number of jewelry manufacturing establishments in the United States.
393 – The number of dating service establishments nationwide as of 2007.
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.
28.2 and 26.1 years – Median age at first marriage in 2010 for men and women, respectively.
54.1 percent – Percentage of adults who reported being married.
69 percent – Percentage of people 15 years and older in 2010 who had been married at some point in their lives — either currently or formerly.
19 percent – Percentage of people married twice as of 2009. By comparison, 75 percent of people who have ever been married have made only one trip down the aisle.
8 years – Average length of first marriages ending in divorce.
3.5 years – Median time in years between divorce and a second marriage
ON THE MAP
United States cities with “romantic-sounding” names:
- Rose City, Texas
- Rose City, Mich.
- South Heart, N.D.
- Loveland, Colo.
- Darling, Minn.
- Loveland, Ohio
- Romeo, Colo.
- Sacred Heart, Minn.
- Loveland Park, Ohio
- Lovejoy, Ga.
- Heart Butte, Mont.
- Love County, Okla.
- Loves Park, Ill.
- Valentine, Neb.
- Loveland, Okla.
- Lovington, Ill.
- Lovelock, Nev.
- Lovelady, Texas
- Romeoville, Ill.
- Loving, N.M.
- Loving County, Texas
- Rosemont, Ill.
- Lovington, N.M.
- Valentine, Texas
- Romeo, Mich.
- Love Valley, N.C.
- Rose Hill Acres, Texas