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Valentine's Day by the numbers

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In honor of Valentine's Day on Monday, we offer this romantic holiday by the numbers -- courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau.

24.3 pounds

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Per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2009.

1,317

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, followed by Pennsylvania, with 115.

422

Number of U.S. establishments that manufactured nonchocolate confectionary products in 2008. These establishments employed 16,860 people. California led the nation in this category, with 47 establishments.

$12.2 billion

Total value of shipments in 2008 for firms producing chocolate and cocoa products. Non-chocolate confectionery product manufacturing, meanwhile, was a $7.1 billion industry.

3,375

Number of confectionery and nut stores in the United States in 2008.

$359 million

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).

$18 million

The combined wholesale value of domestically produced cut roses in 2009 for all operations with $100,000 or more in sales.

18,509

The number of florists nationwide in 2008. These businesses employed 89,741 people.

26,683

Number of jewelry stores in the United States in 2008. Jewelry stores offer engagement, wedding and other rings to lovers of all ages. 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.)

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.

108,150

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.

54.1

The overall percentage of adults who reported being married.

69

Percentage of people 15 years and older in 2010 who had been married at some point in their lives -- either currently or formerly.

73

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.

6

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.

393

The number of dating service establishments nationwide as of 2007. These establishments, which include Internet dating services, employed 3,125 people and pulled in $927 million in revenue.

So get out there and do your part -- eat chocolate, smell the flowers, and fall in love (all over again, for you married folk). Who'd of thought the U.S. Census Bureau was so romantic?

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