Order those roses, send that candy, buy that card – it’s almost Valentine’s Day.
Thanks to the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Retail Federation and American Express, here’s a look at our annual domestic romantic holiday By the Numbers.
54 percent: Of American will celebrate the day in one fashion or another.
496 A.D.: The year Pope Gelasius declared Feb. 14 as St. Valentine’s Day.
$133.91: What the average American will spend on candy, cards, gifts, dinner and such.
$108.38: Amount the average American male will spend on gifts.
$49.41: Amount the average American female will spend on gifts.
$17.3 billion: Will be spent nationwide.
48.7 percent: Of celebrants will buy candy.
37.3 percent: Of celebrants will buy flowers.
51.2 percent: Of celebrants will send greeting cards.
19.4 percent: Of celebrants will buy a little something for a pet.
$5.51: Average amount to be spent on pets.
$3.9 billion: Will be spent on jewelry.
1,148: Number of candy and cocoa producers in the U.S. in 2011.
$13.5 billion: Estimated value of shipments from those producers.
3,320: Number of U.S. confection and nut stores in 2011.
15,307: Number of florists I the U.S. in 2011.
$280,357,058: Value of imports of cut flowers and buds in 2013 through October.
29 and 26.6: Median age for first marriages for U.S. men and women respectively in 2013.
52.7 percent: Of American adults were married as of 2013.
68.6 percent: Of American adults report being married at some point in their lives.
5 percent: Of Americans have been married thrice or more.
8: Median length, in years, of first marriages that end in divorce.
2.1 million: Marriages took place in America in 2011.
2,760: Population of Valentine, Nebraska.
29 percent: Of American women say Valentine’s Day is “overrated.”