May 19, 2022

Data: Facts and Stats About Mothers and Mother’s Day in the United States

Here’s a small sample of the many statistics from the Mother’s Day 2016 roundup from the U.S. Census.

These and all of the entries include a link to the source report/document.

43.5 million
Number of women between the ages of 15 and 50 who have children. These mothers gave birth to 95.8 million children.

Percentage of women age 16 to 50 who had a birth in the past 12 months who were in the labor force.

5.2 million
Number of stay-at-home moms in married couple family groups in 2015.

9.9 million
The number of single mothers living with children younger than 18 in 2015, up from 7.7 million in 1985.

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Also Available: National Retail Federation Mother’s Day Spending Survey Findings

Consumers plan to spend $4.2 billion on jewelry, $4.1 billion on special outings such as dinner or brunch and $2.4 billion on flowers. Total spending is expected to reach $21.4 billion.

According to NRF’s survey conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics, consumers are expected to spend an average $172.22 per person, on par with last year.


More 2016 Mother’s Day Spending Survey Findings, Charts and Links to Data From 2013, 2014, and 2015

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