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Valentine’s Day By The Numbers!

Chocolatier Prepares For Valentine's Day
Valentine's Candy (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Valentine’s Day is traditionally a day in which people express their love to one another by presenting gifts, such as cards, candy, flowers and jewels.Here are some staggering statistics regarding Valentine’s Day:

  • The number of marriages that took place in the United States in 2009  -   2.1 million, or nearly 5,800 a day.
  • The number of pounds per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2009  -  24.3 pounds
  • The number of confectionery and nut stores in the United States in 2008  -  3,375
  • The number of U.S.  manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate in 2008,  1,317.  California led the nation with 146 chocolate making companies, followed by Pennsylvania with 115.

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