U.S. Census Bureau Facts for Features: Thanksgiving Day: Nov. 26, 2015


In typical movement fashion this article by the U. S. Census Bureau talks at length about the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday, without ever mentioning the obvious role that the Christian faith of the early Christian Pilgrims played in its beginning.

They do mention President Abraham Lincoln’s proclamation of October 1863 where it was first officially established. In that proclamation Lincoln said in part, ” No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.” So Lincoln himself made clear that the object of this national day of thanksgiving, was and is to give thanks to God.

This having been said the following article does contain some interesting statistics to think about as we approach the day we make a point to show our gratitude to Almighty God.- Pastor Robert A. Crutchfield

 

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims — early settlers of Plymouth Colony — held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest. This event is regarded by many as the nation’s first Thanksgiving. The Wampanoag Indians in attendance played a key role. Historians have recorded ceremonies of thanks among other groups of European settlers in North America. These include the British colonists in Virginia as early as 1619.

The legacy of thanks and the feast have survived the centuries, as the event became a national holiday 152 years ago (Oct. 3, 1863) when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a national day of thanksgiving. Later, President Franklin Roosevelt clarified that Thanksgiving should always be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month to encourage earlier holiday shopping, never on the occasional fifth Thursday.

Where to Feast

117 million
Number of occupied housing units across the nation in the second quarter of 2015 — all potential stops for Thanksgiving dinner.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Housing Vacancies and Homeownership, Table 8 http://www.census.gov/housing/hvs/data/histtabs.html

4.5 million
Number of multigenerational households in the U.S. in 2014. It is possible these households, consisting of three or more generations, will have to purchase large quantities of food to accommodate all the family members sitting around the table for the holiday feast — even if there are no guests!
Source: 2014 American Community Survey, Table B11017
http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_14_1YR_B11017&prodType=table

4
Number of places in the United States named after the holiday’s traditional main course. Turkey Creek Village, La., was the most populous in 2014, with 443 residents, followed by Turkey Creek, Ariz. (412), Turkey City, Texas (396) and Turkey Town, N.C. (296). There are also 11 townships in the U.S. with “Turkey” in the name. (Please note that the Turkey Creek, Ariz., population total pertains to the 2009-2013 American Community Survey and is not statistically different from the population estimates of the other three places.)
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 Population Estimates
http://www.census.gov/popest/data/cities/totals/2014/index.html

http://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/gazetteer.html

U.S. Census Bureau, 2009-2013 American Community Survey
http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/13_5YR/B01003/1600000US0477415

7
Number of places and townships in the United States that are named Cranberry, a popular side dish at Thanksgiving. Cranberry township (Butler County), Pa., was the most populous of these places in 2014, with 30,170 residents. Cranberry township (Venango County), Pa., was next (6,546).
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, 2013 Population Estimates and 2010 Census Summary File 1 http://www.census.gov/popest/data/cities/totals/2014/index.html
http://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/gazetteer.html

32
Number of counties, places and townships in the United States named Plymouth, as in Plymouth Rock, the landing site of the first Pilgrims. The two counties, both named Plymouth, are in Massachusetts (507,022) and Iowa (24,874).

Plymouth, Minn., is the most populous place, with 75,057 residents in 2014. There are two places in the United States named Pilgrim: one, a township in Dade County, Mo., had a population of 129; the other, a census designated place in Michigan, had a population of 36. And then there is Mayflower, Ark., whose population was 2,345, and Mayflower Village, Calif., whose population was 5,662.

Note: Townships have been included in these counts from 12 states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wisconsin) where the primary governmental or administrative divisions of a county serve as general-purpose local governments that can perform the same governmental functions as incorporated places. These county subdivisions are known as minor civil divisions, and the Census Bureau presents data for these in all products for which place data are provided.

(Please note that population totals for the two places on the list that are census designated places — Pilgrim, Mich., and Mayflower Village, Calif. — pertain to the 2009-2013 American Community Survey.)

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, Vintage 2014 Population Estimates
http://www.census.gov/popest/data/counties/asrh/2014/index.html
http://www.census.gov/popest/data/cities/totals/2014/index.html
http://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/gazetteer.html

U.S. Census Bureau, 2009-2013 American Community Survey
http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/13_5YR/B01003/1600000US0646436

http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/13_5YR/B01003/1600000US2664100

Participants in the First Feast

24.4 million
Number of U.S. residents of English ancestry as of 2014. Some could very well be descendants of the Plymouth colonists who participated in the autumn feast that is widely believed to be one of the first Thanksgivings — especially the 655,000 living in Massachusetts.
Source: 2014 American Community Survey, Table B04006
http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/14_1YR/B04006

6,500
Number of members of the Wampanoag American Indian tribal grouping, as of 2010, roughly half of whom reside in Massachusetts. The Wampanoag, the American Indians in attendance, played a lead role in this historic encounter, and they had been essential to the survival of the colonists during the newcomers’ first year. The Wampanoag are a people with a sophisticated society who have occupied the region for thousands of years. They have their own government, their own religious and philosophical beliefs, their own knowledge system, and their own culture. They are also a people for whom giving thanks was a part of daily life.
Sources: 2010 Census American Indian and Alaska Native Summary File, Table DP-1
http://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2010/cph-t/t-6tables/TABLE%20(1).pdf

American Indian Perspectives on Thanksgiving, National Museum of the American Indian http://nmai.si.edu/sites/1/files/pdf/education/thanksgiving_poster.pdf

Preparing the Feast … Enjoying the Day … and the Aftermath

98.6%
Percentage of households in 2011 with a gas or electric stove — essential for cooking their Thanksgiving feast. Another 96.8 percent had a microwave, also helpful in preparing the meal.
Source: Extended Measures of Well-Being: Living Conditions in the United States: 2011,
Table 3 http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/p70-136.pdf

98.3%
Percentage of households with a television in 2011. No doubt, many guests either before, after or perhaps even during the feast will settle in front of their TVs to watch some football.
Source: Extended Measures of Well-Being: Living Conditions in the United States: 2011,
Table 3 http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/p70-136.pdf

35.8%
Percentage of households with a stand-alone food freezer in 2011, which they may want to use to preserve their Thanksgiving leftovers. Far more (99.2 percent) have a refrigerator. Once all the guests leave, it will be time to clean up. Fortunately, 69.3 percent have a dishwasher to make the task easier.
Source: Extended Measures of Well-Being: Living Conditions in the United States: 2011,
Table 3 http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/p70-136.pdf

Culinary Delights

66,286
The number of supermarkets and other grocery (except convenience) stores in the United States in 2013. These establishments are expected to be extremely busy around Thanksgiving as people prepare for their delightful meals.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2013 County Business Patterns, NAICS Code 44511
http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/BP/2013/00A1//naics~44511

3,235
The number of baked goods stores in the United States in 2013 — a potential place to visit to purchase tasty desserts.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2013 County Business Patterns, NAICS Code 445291
http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/BP/2013/00A1//naics~445291

2,761
The number of fruit and vegetable markets in the United States in 2013 — a great place to find holiday side dishes.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2013 County Business Patterns, NAICS Code 445230
http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/BP/2013/00A1//naics~445230

228 million
The forecast for the number of turkeys the United States will raise in 2015. That is down 4 percent from the number raised during 2014.
Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service http://www.nass.usda.gov/Publications/Todays_Reports/reports/tuky0915.pdf

40.0 million
The forecast for the number of turkeys Minnesota will raise in 2015. The Gopher State was tops in turkey production, followed by North Carolina (29 million), Arkansas (27 million), Indiana (19.1 million), Missouri (18 million) and Virginia (17.4 million).
Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
http://www.nass.usda.gov/Publications/Todays_Reports/reports/tuky0915.pdf

$24 million
The value of U.S. imports of live turkeys for 2014, with 100 percent of them coming from Canada. When it comes to sweet potatoes, the Dominican Republic was the source of 48.8 percent ($6.6 million) of total imports ($13.6 million). The United States ran a $16.5 million trade deficit in live turkeys during the period but had a surplus of $98.3 million in sweet potatoes.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Economic Indicators Division
https://usatrade.census.gov/

841 million pounds
The forecast for U.S. cranberry production in 2015. Wisconsin was estimated to lead all states in the production of cranberries, with 503 million pounds, followed by Massachusetts (estimated at 211 million). New Jersey, Oregon and Washington were also estimated to have substantial production, ranging from 18 million to 59 million pounds.
Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/New_Jersey/Publications/Current_News_Release/Cran2015.pdf

3.0 billion pounds
The total weight of sweet potatoes — another popular Thanksgiving side dish — produced by major sweet potato producing states in 2014.
Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
http://www.nass.usda.gov/Data_and_Statistics

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About Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield

Bi-vocational minister who is Founder and Editor of FaithInspires.Org As seen in Google News, SelfGrowth.Com, ChristianHeadlines.com etc.

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