WASHINGTON, Nov. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Thursday, November 27th. Today is Thanksgiving Day, one of the most traditional of American holidays, thought to have begun in 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The holiday became national in scope in 1863, and the fourth Thursday of the month has been the official day since 1941. It's a time for family gatherings that combines solemnity and joy — and often involves watching football. In many of the nation's 115 million households, people will share a special meal, typically turkey with all the traditional trimmings. U.S. farmers raise around 240 million turkeys annually, worth just under $5 billion. Americans eat an average of about 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
Averages on turkeys: http://www.nass.usda.gov/Publications/Highlights/2013_Turkey_Industry/2013%20Turkeys%20Highlights.pdf
Turkey consumption: http://www.nass.usda.gov/Publications/Ag_Statistics/2013/Agricultural_Statistics_2013.pdf
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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).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau