When people think about Thanksgiving, they may imagine an extended family enjoying a feast of turkey, squash, corn and pumpkin pie. That’s certainly a key part of the American tradition, but it doesn’t tell the whole story around the holiday weekend. With the advent of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, new Thanksgiving traditions have developed around shopping and consumerism in general. We dug into the data to highlight some of the most intriguing statistics surrounding one of America’s most beloved holidays.
46 million turkeys - According to estimates by the National Turkey Foundation, 46 million turkeys are consumed on Thanksgiving. This means that 20% of the 228 million turkeys consumed in the U.S. each year are eaten on Thanksgiving. And. we eat come from Minnesota.
$50 feeds an extended family - The American Farm Bureau Federation calculates that the average Thanksgiving meal costs about $50 for a family of 10, equaling about $5 per head. This meal includes turkey and stuffing, rolls, sweet potatoes, green peas, fresh cranberries, carrots and celery and pumpkin pie with whipped cream. That’s a pretty good deal considering Thanksgiving feasts typically result in plenty of leftovers.
36% rise in dinner cost – At $5 per head it’s hard to be upset about the price of an average Thanksgiving meal but data shows the price has been climbing fairly fast. The American Farm Bureau Federation says that from 2005 to 2015, the average price of a family’s feast has risen from $36.78 to $50.11. That’s a 36% increase., consider keeping the number of sides down and only serving crowd-pl