Thanksgiving Facts for Features

Some quick Facts for Features on Thanksgiving culinary delights!

  • 2.7 billion pounds = the total weight of sweet potatoes produced by major sweet potato producing states in 2011
  • 1.1 billion pounds = the total production of pumpkins in the major pumpkin-producing states in 2011
  • 254 million = the number of turkeys expected to be raised in the United States in 2012, up 2% from the number raised during 2011 (where did all the vegetarians go?)

Find these and other holiday statistics with cited sources at the U.S. Census Bureau's Newsroom, Facts for Features & Special Editions page – one of the census projects designed for journalists.  This collection of statistics from demographic and economic subject areas provides information, background, and source citing for topics in the news.  Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!