Census offers love in numbers for Valentine’s Day

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


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
Darling, Minn.
Heart Butte, Mont.
Love County, Okla.
Love Valley, N.C.
Lovejoy, Ga.
Lovelady, Texas
Loveland Park, Ohio
Loveland, Colo.
Loveland, Ohio
Loveland, Okla.
Lovelock, Nev.
Loves Park, Ill.
Loving County, Texas
Loving, N.M.
Lovington, Ill.
Lovington, N.M.
Romeo, Colo.
Romeo, Mich.
Romeoville, Ill.
Rose City, Mich.
Rose City, Texas
Rose Hill Acres, Texas
Rosemont, Ill.
Sacred Heart, Minn.
South Heart, N.D.
Valentine, Neb.
Valentine, Texas

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