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Fun Valentine's Day facts from the U.S. Census Bureau

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1,170

Number of locations producing chocolate and cocoa products in 2006. These establishments employed 39,457 people. California led the nation in the number of such establishments with 128, followed by Pennsylvania with 116.

Source: County Business Patterns

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473

Number of locations that produced nonchocolate confectionary products in 2006. These establishments employed 18,733 people.

Source: County Business Patterns

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$13.9 billion

Total value of shipments in 2006 for firms producing chocolate and cocoa products. Nonchocolate confectionery product manufacturing, meanwhile, was a $7.2 billion industry.

Source: Annual Survey of Manufactures

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3,563

Number of confectionery and nut stores in the United States in 2006.

Source: County Business Patterns More information

24.5 pounds

Per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2007.

Source: Current Industrial Reports

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$416 million

The combined wholesale value of domestically produced cut flowers in 2007 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 ($320 million).

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

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$29 million

The combined wholesale value of domestically produced cut roses in 2007 for all operations with $100,000 or more in sales.

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

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20,227

The number of florists nationwide in 2006. These businesses employed 98,373 people.

Source: County Business Patterns

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28,300

Number of jewelry stores in the United States in 2006. Jewelry stores offer engagement, wedding and other rings to lovers of all ages. In February 2008, these stores sold $2.6 billion in merchandise.

Source: County Business Patterns, Monthly Retail Trade and Food Services

More information: County Business Patterns | Retail Trade and Food Services

The merchandise at these locations could well have been produced at one of the nation's 1,777 jewelry manufacturing establishments.

Source: County Business Patterns

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2.2 million

The number of marriages that took place in the United States in 2007. That breaks down to a little more than 6,000 a day.

Source: National Center for Health Statistics

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126,354

The number of marriages performed in Nevada during 2007. 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.)

Sources: National Center for Health Statistics, and populationestimates

More information: NCHS | Estimates

57% and 60%

The percentages of American women and men, respectively, who are 18 or older and married (includes those who are separated).

Source: Families and Living Arrangements: 2007

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72%

Percentage of people 30 to 34 in 2007 who had been married at some point in their lives -- either currently or formerly.

Source: Families and Living Arrangements: 2007

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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.

Source: Marriage and Divorce: 2004

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6%

The percentage of currently married women who have been married for at least 50 years. A little more than half of currently married women have been married for at least 15 years.

Source: Marriage and Divorce: 2004 More information

*The Census Bureau data in this section do not include same-sex marriages; the National Center for Health Statistics data do.

904

The number of dating service establishments nationwide as of 2002. These establishments, which include Internet dating services, employed nearly 4,300 people and pulled in $489 million in revenue.

Source: 2002 Economic Census

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Romantic-sounding places to spend Valentine’s Day:

Roseville, Calif.

Rose City, Mich.

South Heart, N.D.

Loveland, Colo.

Darling township, 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

Rose Hill, N.C.

Rose Hill, Va.

Source: American FactFinder

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Love and Marriage

8

Average length, in years, of first marriages ending in divorce.

3 1/2

The median time in years between divorce and a second marriage.

12% and 13%

Percentage of men and women, respectively, 15 and older who have married twice. Three percent each have married three or more times. By comparison, 54 percent of men and 58 percent of women have made only one trip down the aisle.

52% and 44%

Among adults 25 and older who have ever divorced, the percentage of men and women, respectively, who were currently married.

Source for the data in this section: Marriage and Divorce: 2004

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Editor's note: The preceding data were collected from a variety of sources and may be subject to sampling variability and other sources of error. Questions or comments should be directed to the Census Bureau’s Public Information Office: telephone: 301-763-3030; fax: 301-763-3762; or e-mail:

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