Thanksgiving By the Numbers

Thanksgiving By the Numbers
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Thanksgiving By the Numbers

Read on to learn more about how much people buy during Thanksgiving.

More than 45 million turkeys are eaten during Thanksgiving, which works out to nearly three pounds of poultry per Thanksgiving guest.

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According to Live Science, Americans spend nearly $875 million dollars buying turkeys for Thanksgiving.

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The U.S. Census Bureau predicted that the U.S. produced 768 million pounds of cranberries in 2012. Wisconsin produced the majority of those cranberries, coming in at nearly 450 million pounds.

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The U.S. also produces 2.7 billion pounds of sweet potatoes, a majority of which are made in North Carolina, according to the U.S. Census Bureau data from 2012.

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The average American will consume more than 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving.

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To burn off just 2,000 of those Thanksgiving calories, a 180-pound man would have to walk for five hours.

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According to a 2010 survey by Dunkin' Donuts, turkey is the most popular Thanksgiving leftover, followed by stuffing. See the complete list below:

  1. Turkey
  2. Stuffing
  3. Pumpkin pie
  4. Potatoes
  5. Ham
  6. Cranberry sauce
  7. Green beans

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The Dunkin' Donuts survey also found that 63 of its participants did most of their Thanksgiving shopping a week before the big day. Only 10 percent of the respondents waited until the day before Thanksgiving.

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In 2013, the average cost of Thanksgiving dinner was about $49.04, which happened to be 44 cents less than in 2012.

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Thanksgiving is one of the most popular holidays in America. Who wouldn't enjoy a holiday defined by communal gluttony amongst your nearest and dearest? That's why we decided to do some digging to discover the wild numbers behind all that turkey and those tasty side dishes we consume every year.

Check out the slideshow above to learn all about Thanksgiving by the numbers. Then, head to our friends at Style Me Pretty to discover 30 DIY's Perfect for Thanksgiving.

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