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.