Happy Mother’s Day

I’m a geek. I like numbers and stats so I went looking for fun stuff for Mother’s day and found last year’s U.S. Census Bureau Facts for Features all about moms.

I’m just gonna list fun United Stats mom stats w/o sources – so be sure to check out the Facts page for the original source!

  • Moms = 80.5 million
  • Average number of children = 2
  • Working Moms = 5.6 million
  • Florists who’ll gladly send your mom a nice bouquet = 22,022
  • Mother’s day cards given = 150 million (Hmmm, if each mom has an average of 2 children does that mean that 11 million people didn’t give poor mom a card? Neah, it must be siblings giving mom a combined card, right? 🙂
  • Number of jewelry stores in the US = 28,527 (hint/hint)
  • Average age of new moms = 25.2 (I waited until 30 – and that’s a great age to be a new mom).
  • Odds of having twins = 1 in 32
  • July = most popular month for having babies in 2003 (So that means November 2003 was…)
  • Jacob and Emily = the most popular baby names in 2004
  • Moms who returned to work within four months = 51%
  • Average cost of child care for a week = $92

There’s also a Fun Facts for Dads!

There are 159,000 stay at home dads out there (2006 press release cited)

These married fathers with children younger than 15 have remained out of the labor force for more than one year primarily so they can care for the family while their wives work outside the home. These fathers cared for 283,000 children. Among these stay-at-home dads:

  • 60 percent had two or more children.
  • 40 percent had an annual family income of $50,000 or more.
  • 35 percent had children younger than 3 living with them.

Cool, huh?!