WASHINGTON, Nov. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Thursday, November 26th. Today is Thanksgiving Day. One of the most traditional of American holidays, it's thought to have begun in 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The holiday became national in 1863, and the fourth Thursday of the month has been the official day since 1941. In many of the nation's nearly 116 million households, people will share a special meal, typically turkey with all the traditional trimmings. U.S. farmers raise around 235 million turkeys annually, down from over 270 million in 2007. Americans eat an average of over 12.5 pounds of turkey each year, while the birds themselves have … or had … an average weight of 30 pounds. The men and women of the U.S. Census Bureau wish you and your loved ones a joyful and peaceful Thanksgiving.
Number of U.S. households: http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/00000.html
Turkeys raised: http://www.nass.usda.gov/Publications/Todays_Reports/reports/tuky0915.pdf
Turkey consumption/table 13-7: http://www.nass.usda.gov/Publications/Ag_Statistics/2013/Agricultural_Statistics_2013.pdf
Turkey weight: http://www.nass.usda.gov/Publications/Highlights/2013_Turkey_Industry/2013%20Turkeys%20Highlights.pdf
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau