Father's Day 2014 - By the Numbers

Staff writerJune 13, 2014 

It’s not quite Mother’s Day or Christmas, as far as spending goes, and it’s just a kid as holidays go, having been established in Spokane in 1910 and not made a legal national holiday (by father-of-two Richard Nixon) until 1972.

Happy Father’s Day nonetheless – to all you dads out there. And as part of the celebration (thanks to the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Retail Federation) here’s a look at Father’s Day 2014, by the numbers. 

70.1 million: Fathers in America in 2008.

2 million: Single fathers in 2013.

9 percent: Of single fathers were raising three or more children younger than 18.

44 percent: Of single fathers were divorced.

15,336: The number of hardware stores in America in 2011.

21,227: Number of sporting goods stores.

79.1 million: Americans participated in a barbecue in 2010.

18 percent: Of preschoolers in the U.S. were regularly cared for by dad while mom was at work.

$2 billion: Amount paid for child support received by custodial fathers in 2011.

$19.5 billion: Amount paid for child support by fathers to custodial mothers.

$113.80: Amount the average person will spend on gifts for dad this year.

$125 billion: Total amount to be spent for the holiday.

20.8 percent: Of people in the West say they expect to spend more this year than last, the highest percentage of any region.

64.1 percent: Of people will simply buy a card.

$785 million: Total amount to be spent on cards.

41.5 percent: Will buy dad a piece of apparel such as a tie or sweater.

42.6 percent: Will spring for a meal or tickets to a sporting event.

0.3 percent: Of people over 65 will buy a card for a grandfather.


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