The US?Census Bureau provided the following facts and figures, all having to do with today’s holiday – Valentine’s Day.
The number of marriages that took place in the United States in 2009. That breaks down to nearly 5,800 a day.
The number of marriages performed in Nevada during 2009. So many couples tie the knot in the Silver State that it ranked fifth nationally in marriages, even though its total population that year among states was 35th. (California ranked first in marriages.)
28.2 and 26.1 years
Median age at first marriage in 2010 for men and women, respectively.
Percentage of people 15 years and older in 2010 who had been married at some point in their lives — either currently or formerly.
Among women who married for the first time between 1985 and 1989, the percentage who marked their 10th anniversary. This compares with 87 percent of women who married for the first time between 1955 and 1959.
As of 2004, 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.
Percentage of people married twice among those who have ever married as of 2009. Five percent have married three or more times. By comparison, 75 percent of people who have ever been married have made only one trip down the aisle.
Average length, in years, of first marriages ending in divorce.
The median time in years between divorce and a second marriage.
Number of U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2008, employing 38,369 people. California led the nation in the number of chocolate and cocoa manufacturing establishments, with 146.
Per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2009.
The combined wholesale value of domestically produced cut flowers in 2009 for all flower-producing operations with $100,000 or more in sales. Among states, California was the leading producer, alone accounting for about three-quarters of this amount ($269 million).
The number of florists nationwide in 2008. These businesses employed 89,741 people.
Number of jewelry stores in the United States in 2008. In February 2010, these stores sold $2.4 billion in merchandise. The merchandise at these locations could well have been produced at one of the nation’s 1,644 jewelry manufacturing establishments.