Cool Valentine Facts

141 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second-most popular greeting-card-giving occasion. (This total excludes packaged kids valentines for classroom exchanges.) (Source: Hallmark research)

Over 50 percent of all Valentine’s Day cards are purchased in the six days prior to the observance, making Valentine’s Day a procrastinator’s delight.

The United States generated $957 million in revenue in 2008 from online dating services.

2.2 million marriages take place in the United States annually. That breaks down to more than 6,000 a day.

1,241: The number of locations producing chocolate and cocoa products in 2004. These establishments employed 43,322 people.

The combined wholesale value of domestically produced cut flowers in 2005  was $397 million. Among states, California was the leading producer, alone accounting for nearly three-quarters of this amount.

73% of people who buy flowers for Valentine’s Day are men, while only 27 percent are women.

Teachers will receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, sweethearts and pets.

About 3% of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.

Over $1 billion worth of chocolate is purchased for Valentine’s Day in the U.S.

The Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine’s Day.

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