U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for February 14: Valentines and Weddings

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2016 /NEWS.GNOM.ES/ — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:


Profile America — Sunday, February 14th. While today may not be an official holiday, Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular in the year’s calendar. Its origins are a mix of legends involving two Christian martyrs, a Roman fertility rite, and the old notion that this is the time of year when the birds choose their mates. What is sure is that Esther Howland of Massachusetts began selling the first mass-produced valentines in the 1840s. The observance also falls in the middle of National Weddings Month. There are about 2.14 million weddings annually in the U.S. — that’s over 5,800 per day. More than 60 percent of the population over age 15 is currently married. Some 19 men out of 1,000 get married each year; for women, the rate is over 17½ per thousand. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.

Valentines card/accessed 12/3/2015: https://www.mtholyoke.edu/175/gallery/esther-howland 
Weddings month accessed 12/3/2015: http://tidbitfun.com/02/01/wedding-trivia/ 
Weddings per year/accessed 12/3/2015: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/marriage_divorce_tables.htm 
Married percent/All races: http://www.census.gov/hhes/families/files/cps2014/tabA1-all.xls 
Marriage rates per 1,000/t. 1: http://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/acs-13.pdf

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for “Multimedia Gallery” by the “Newsroom” button). 

Logo – http://photos.NEWS.GNOM.ES.com/prnh/20110428/DC91889LOGO


SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau