For many American small businesses, the days leading up to Valentine’s Day can account for up to 10 percent of annual revenues (e.g., jewelry stores focusing on diamonds). Each year the U.S. Census Bureau collects the most recent data available related to the economic impact of Valentine’s Day, numbers that demonstrate why certain types of small businesses really love Valentine’s Day. (And this doesn’t even count all those restaurant reservations made for the weekend.)
Also on SmallBusiness.com: Shop Local for Last Minute Valentine Sweets | 2014
How sweet it is to be loved by you
1,185 | Number of U.S. manufacturing companies that produce chocolate and cocoa products (2013)
448 | Number of U.S. manufacturers of non-chocolate confectionary products (2013)
$14.9 billion | Estimated value of chocolate and cocoa products shipped (2014)
$9.3 billion | The estimated value of non-chocolate confectionery products shipped (2014)
3,368 | Number of confectionery and nut stores in the United States (2013)
Where have all the flowers gone?
Harker’s Flowers, Cinnaminson, New Jersey
14,161 | Number of florist establishments nationwide (2013)
62,222 | People employed by florist establishments
$272 million | Value of imports for cut flowers and buds for bouquets (Jan-Oct. 2014)
$382 million | Total value of fresh cut roses (Jan–Oct. 2014)
A kiss on the hand may be quite continental, but…
Coffrin Jewelers, Sarasota, Florida
23,096 | Number of jewelry stores in the United States that offer engagement, wedding and other rings to couples of all ages. (2013)
$2.5 billion | Estimated merchandise sold in February. (2013)
2,134 | Jewelry and silverware manufacturing establishments in U.S.
Going to the chapel
Little Church of the West Wedding Chapel, Las Vegas, Nevada
Nevada | Ranked Number 1 state for most marriages (2012)
Age 29.5 (men) and 27.6 years (women) | Median age at first marriage (2014)
47.7% | Percentage of people 15 and older who reported being married (and not separated).
2.1 million | Number of marriages that took place in the United States (2012)
5,800 | Average number of marriages per day that took place in U.S. (2012)
75.5% | Percentage of men and women over the age of 15 who have been married only once
19.2% | Percentage of men and women over the age of 15 who have been married twice
5% | Percentage of men and women over the age of 15 who have been married three or more times.
399 | Number of dating service establishments nationwide, including online. (2012)
Photos: Google Maps See Inside
Feel free to drag these images to your desktop and use however you’d like: