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Thanksgiving – The Numbers Behind the Tradition

By Logi Analytics
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The Tradition

It’s that time of year again – Time to eat copious amounts of turkey while we watch the parade and cheer on our favorite teams. This week, households around the country will be basting turkeys, baking pies, and cooking plenty other trimmings for this feast. And most will be letting their buckles out a notch or two by the end!

Food, Food and More Food!

As of 2010, the total number of turkeys consumed on Thanksgiving Day hovered at 48 million. By comparison, the number of turkeys raised in the United States in 2011 was around 248 million. By 2012, that number was up 2%, totaling 254 million turkeys.

Seven states combined accounted for nearly 70% of U.S. turkeys in 2012. The largest producer of turkeys was Minnesota, where 46 million turkeys were raised; the smallest producer of those seven states was California, checking in with 16 million raised. With all those turkeys being raised and sold, it’s no surprise that the average American eats nearly 16.4 pounds of turkey per year.

Let’s not forget about one of our favorite deserts! Nearly 1.06 billion pounds – yes billion with a ‘b’ – pounds of pumpkin were produced in the top six production states. Considering the many uses of pumpkin around the holidays, it’s no wonder that so many are grown for decoration, drinks, or dishes. After all, it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a pumpkin pie!

Over the River and Through the Woods

According to several sources, including Nationwide insurance, Thanksgiving is one of the mostly heavily-traveled times of year. On average, 56% of drivers will travel a minimum of 100 miles to their holiday destination. The average long-distance travel for Thanksgiving is 214 miles. Traveling by car accounts for 91% of Thanksgiving travel, 5-6% travel by air, and 2-3% travel by bus, train, or ship. For those traveling by car, traffic between the Wednesday-Sunday holiday period is steady, showing no real spike or difference in traffic flow by day. Conversely, air, bus, and rail travel patters show much higher volumes on Wednesday and Sunday. Whether you’re traveling thousands of miles, or just walking downstairs to your kitchen, be safe and smart as you travel.

We wanted to raise your Thanksgiving IQ this week by making you more informed consumers with these holiday statistics. We hope you fill yourselves with delicious food and travel safely.

From all of us here at Logi Analytics – Happy Thanksgiving!


Originally published November 25, 2013; updated on August 9th, 2017

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