Valentine's Day 2013
Expressing one's love to another is a celebrated custom on Valentine's Day; whereby sweethearts and family members present gifts to one another, such as cards, candy, flowers and other symbols of affection. Opinions differ as to who was the original Valentine, but the most popular theory is that he was a clergyman who was executed for secretly marrying couples in ancient Rome. In A.D. 496, Pope Gelasius I declared Feb. 14 as Valentine Day. Esther Howland, a native of Massachusetts, is given credit for selling the first mass-produced valentine cards in the 1840s. The spirit continues today with even young children exchanging valentine's cards with their fellow classmates.
1,155 Number of US manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2010, employing 35,074 people.
409 Number of US establishments that manufactured nonchocolate confectionary products in 2010.
$13.5 billion Total value of shipments in 2011 for firms producing chocolate and cocoa products.
Nonchocolate confectionery product manufacturing, meanwhile, was an $8.8 billion industry.
3,365 Number of confectionery and nut stores in the United States in 2010.
24.7 pounds Per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2010.
16,182 The total number of florists' establishments nationwide in 2010.
$880,893,904 The value of imports for cut flowers and buds for bouquets in 2011. Flower bouquets are a popular gift for loved ones on Valentine's Day. The total value of fresh cut roses in 2011 was $365,453,189.
23,739 Number of jewelry stores in the United States in 2010. Jewelry stores offer engagement, wedding and other rings to couples of all ages. In February 2012, these stores sold $2.66 billion in merchandise.
The merchandise at these locations could well have been produced at one of the nation's
1,453 jewelry manufacturing establishments.
"Please Be Mine"
28.6 and 26.6 years Median age at first marriage in 2012 for men and women, respectively.
53% The overall percentage of adults who reported being married.
68.8% Percentage of people 15 and older in 2012 who had been married at some point in their lives — either currently or formerly.
38.3 The provisional rate of marriages per 1,000 people performed in Nevada during 2010. So many couples tie the knot in the Silver State that it ranked number one nationally in marriage rates. Hawaii ranked second with a marriage rate of 17.6.
2.1 million The provisional number of marriages that took place in the United States in 2010. That breaks down to nearly 5,800 a day.
74.5% The percentage of women who married for the first time between 1990 and 1994, who marked their 10th anniversary. This compares with 83 percent of women who married for the first time between 1960 and 1964.
6.2% As of 2009, the percentage of currently married women who had been married for at least 50 years. A little more than half of currently married women had been married for at least 15 years.
Looking for Love
393 The number of dating service establishments nationwide as of 2007.