September 25, 2021

References: A Roundup of Holiday Season Facts and Statistics From the U.S. Census

Here’s a new collection of holiday-related facts and stats compiled by the U.S. Census. The compilation includes direct links to the source of each statistic.

Some of what you’ll find in, “The 2016 Holiday Season” compilation.

14.3%

The estimated percentage of total 2015 sales for department stores (including leased departments) in December. For bookstores, the estimated percentage was 12.4 percent.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Monthly Retail Trade Survey (NAICS 4521)
U.S. Census Bureau, Monthly Retail Trade Survey (NAICS 45211)

1.1 billion

The value of U.S. imports of Christmas tree ornaments from China between January and September 2016. Imports from China led the way with 92.0 percent of the total imports of Christmas tree ornaments.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, International Trade Statistics
USA Trade Online

Some names of places associated with the holiday season consist of a dozen places named Holly, including Mount Holly, N.C. (population 14,176), and Holly Springs, Miss. (7,610). There is Snowflake, Ariz. (5,666); Santa Claus, Ind. (2,474); North Pole, Alaska (2,189); Noel, Mo. (1,824); and — if you know about reindeer — Dasher, Ga. (963), and Rudolph, Wis. (432). There is also Unity, N.H. (1,603), and Peace, N.D. (28).
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates

$392.0 million

The value of U.S. imports of tapered candles in 2015. Most of these came from Vietnam, representing more than 35.0 percent of America’s imported tapered candles, followed by Canada with 24.0 percent. Many of these candles are lit during Diwali (Nov. 11), Hanukkah (Dec. 6-14) and Kwanzaa (Dec. 26-Jan. 1) celebrations.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, International Trade Statistics
USA Trade Online

Direct to Complete Document

 

Toy Makers by State

Source: U.S. Census

 

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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