Thanksgiving: By the Numbers

Fun Facts and Figures

ThanksgivingHeaderWhen most people think of Thanksgiving, thoughts of food, football and family come to mind. And that includes us! Here are some fun facts and figures that feature some of our Thanksgiving favorites.

Gobble gobble

  • 51,150,000: Number of turkeys consumed on Thanksgiving Day
  • 100,000 (approx): Total calls typically answered by the Butterball Turkey hotline in November and December
  • 16 pounds: Annual consumption of turkey by the average American
  • 248 million: Average number of turkeys raised in the U.S. each year
  • $4.37 billion: Total value of those turkeys
  • $13.6 million: The U.S. turkey trade deficit (we import more from Canada than we export)

Don’t forget the sides

  • 17: Number of ridges on a 14-ounce can of Ocean Spray Jellied cranberry sauce
  • 2.4 billion: Weight, in pounds, of sweet potatoes produced in the U.S.
  • $10 million: Cost of imported sweet potatoes each year (48% of which come from the Dominican Republic)
  • $86.1 million: The U.S. sweet potato trade surplus
  • 60 million: Number of boxes of Stove Top Stuffing sold during Thanksgiving
  • 40: Number of calories in one cup of green beans
  • 150: Number of calories in one cup of green bean casserole
  • 90: Percentage of pumpkins processed in the U.S. that are grown in Illinois
  • 6: The number of continents (out of seven) on which pumpkins grow 


  • 81: Number of years the Detroit Lions have played on Thanksgiving (with a short break between 1941-44 due to WWII), the longest of any team
  • 38: The number of losses for the Lions on Thanksgiving, the most by any team
  • 6: Most touchdowns scored in a Thanksgiving Day game (by Ernie Nevers, in 1929)
  • 1: Number of NFL teams to have never played on Thanksgiving (Jacksonville Jaguars; the Carolina Panthers play this year for the first time)

On the road again

  • 39 million: Number of families that will travel for Thanksgiving
  • 8: Number of places and townships in the United States that are named Cranberry (or a variation thereof)
  • 42: Number of counties, places and townships in the United States named Plymouth
  • 2.5: The number in miles of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade available for public viewing
  • 50 million: The approximate number of people who typically watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on television.

We wish you all a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!

Mark Dye

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Mark Dye has been writing articles, recording podcasts, and putting together books on personal finance for nearly a decade. His work has been recognized by the American Bankers Association and the Institute for Financial Literacy, and received an 2011 APEX Grand Award for Writing. Follow Mark on Google+.

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