Saint Valentine's Day, commonly known as Valentine's Day, or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world.
Here are some numbers who those who like to crunch them. Unless otherwise, the statistics refer to the United States:
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- 3%: How single Brits will be celebrating the day of love: Call an Ex.
- 15%: The estimated portion of women who will send themselves flowers.
- 17%: How loved-up Brits will be spending the special day: Naughty Night in Bed
- 24.7 pounds: Per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2010.
- 40%: The estimated increase in requests for divorce lawyers around mid-February each year.
- 54%: Percentage of people who plan on buying Valentine’s Day gifts. Have you bought yours?
- 58%: Singletons who claim to hate Valentine's Day in the U.K.
- 70%: The portion of singles who said they wouldn’t mind a blind date for the occasion.
- 82%: The portion of people who said they’d like an “experience” rather than a gift for the romantic holiday. What these “experiences” entail, and how expensive they are, is unclear. But consumers are expected to put $3.5 billion towards a romantic evening on the town with their partner.
- 393: The number of dating service establishments nationwide as of 2007. These establishments, which include Internet dating services, employed 3,125 people and pulled in $928 million in revenue.
- 400s: Pope Gelasius declares February 14 a day for honoring Saint Valetine.
- 17,124: The number of florists nationwide in the U.S.