Ah, Valentine’s Day—the day of love, romance, passion, and compulsive overspending? This February, the Hopatcong Arrow presents 16 Valentine’s Day Facts from the billions of dollars poured into candy and flowers every year— to love and marriage figures that may make you think twice about the meaning of love.
♥ Let’s start from the roots: There are over 1,600 candy manufacturing companies in the United States, employing over 58,000 people nationwide. California is in the lead with the most candy factories, totaling at 174 factories in the state alone.
♥ Going back even further, it costs roughly $14.9 billion a year to ship chocolate and other cocoa products every Valentine’s Day, while it costs around $9.3 billion in non-chocolate products.
♥ There are over 14,000 flower companies in the United States since 2013, employing 62,000 people. Pretty heartening to see so many people employed.
♥ The most popular flowers to give on Valentine’s Day are roses, which profited in $381,757,889 in 2014.
♥ There are about 23,000 jewelry stores in the United States. These stores made a total of $2.5 billion in sales in February of 2013.
♥ You think your relatives’ Christmas cards are annoying? Try Valentine’s Day cards, because over 141 million of them are given out every February.
♥ You think it’s just your special day? Make some room, because there are 6,000 marriages a day and 2.2 million marriages in the United States every year.
♥ Ah, young love! The average age of getting married in the United States is between 25-27 years old.
♥ In today’s day and age, a successful marriage is hard to come by. 50% of all marriages end in divorce. No wonder divorce attorneys are so profitable.
♥Looking closer at statistics, you better try your hardest in your first (and hopefully your only) marriage. 41% of all first marriages end in divorce, along with 60% of all second marriages, and 73% of all third marriages.
♥Talk about the longest hour of your life. 100 divorces are finalized every hour in the United States.
♥If you give that last fact some more thought, that’s one divorce every 36 seconds, 2,400 a day, 16,800 a week, and 876,000 a year!
♥Let’s come back with some happier facts. Couples who are in love after a period of time can actually synchronize their heartbeats.
♥ There’s always that second chance at love. 3 million first dates take place every day in the world.
♥Are you crazy about someone? Falling in love has the same chemical effects on the brain as obsessive compulsive disorder.
♥And finally, talk about dedication! In 2014, an Arizona prisoner escaped his cell on Valentine’s Day just to spend it with his girlfriend.