45 million turkeys are killed every year at Thanksgiving, compared to just 22 million at Christmas. This year, a Thanksgiving dinner will be more expensive than ever – $50.11. Back in 2000, it cost an average of just $36.78. Most Americans are going to drink wine around the dinner table this year, followed by liquor/spirits/cocktails and non-craft domestic beer.
When it comes to the numbers, Thanksgiving is always impressive. The family meal is the core aspect of the holiday and 88 percent of Americans sit down to eat turkey. Back in 1975, per capita turkey consumption during Thanksgiving was just 8.3 pounds – this rose to 16.1 pounds by 2011. Altogether that’s a whopping 736 million pounds every year!
The famous bird is also associated with Christmas all over the world, particularly in the United States. However, Thanksgiving is more important for turkey farmers. Every year, 46 million turkeys are eaten during Thanksgiving in the United States and just 22 million are eaten during Christmas.
254 million turkeys were raised in the United States in 2012. Minnesota is America’s turkey farming champion, raising 46 million birds each year. North Carolina comes second with 36 million and Arkansas is in third place with 29 million.
The price of the average 10-person Thanksgiving dinner increased over the course of the last decade, though it did experience a drop in 2009. However, there was good news for American families in 2013 – the average price dropped by 44 cents in comparison with 2012.
This statistic contains data on the average price of a 10-person Thanksgiving dinner from 1990 to 2015. In 1990, the average price for a complete Thanksgiving feast was 28.85 U.S. dollars, in 2011 it amounted to 49.20 U.S. dollars. In 2015, it is $50.11. The price increase would be much lower though, if the numbers were adjusted for inflation. The survey dinner includes turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and beverages of coffee and milk, all in quantities sufficient to serve a family of 10.
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