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Love and marriage by-the-numbers

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Traditionally, Valentine's Day is a day to express your feelings for your loved ones. But it's no secret the day is also about gifts and materialism.

The U.S. Census Bureau has decades of information compiled about love and marriage – and the goods that go along with Valentine's Day – so WBTV is breaking it down for a by-the-numbers look at romance in the U.S.

Love, Marriage & Divorce

393: The number of dating service establishments (including online sites) nationwide (2007)

3,125: People employed by dating services (2007)

$928 Million: Revenue from dating services (2007)

2.1 million: Provisional number of marriages that took place in the U.S. in 2010 (that's about 5,800 each day!)

Nevada: #1 for most weddings (2010)

38.3: Provisional rate of marriages per 1,000 performed in Nevada (2010)

Hawaii: #2 for most weddings (2010)

17.6: Provisional rate of marriages per 1,000 performed in Hawaii (2010)

28.6: Median age of first marriage for men (2012)

26.6: Median age of first marriage for women (2012)

53%: Percentage of adults who report being married (2012)

68.8%: Percentage of Americans 15 or older who have been married at some point in their lives – includes those currently married (2012)

75.3%: Percentage of people who have only been married once (2012)

6.2%: Percentage of currently married women wed for at least 50 years (2009) A little more than half of women in 2009 reported being married at least 15 years.

74.5%: Percentage of women who married the first time between 1990 and 1994, and made it to their 10th anniversary

83%: Percentage of women who married for the first time between 1960 and 1964, and made it to their 10th anniversary

8: Median length, in years, of first marriages that end in divorce

3.8: Median time in years between divorce and second marriage for men

3.7: Median time in years between divorce and second marriage for women

19.5%: Percentage of people married twice (2011)

5% : Percentage of people married three or more times (2011)

9%:  Men 15 and older who had been married twice and were still married (2009)

7%: Women 15 and older who had been married twice and were still married (2009

The Goods: Chocolates, Candies, Jewelry

$2.66 Billion: Amount of merchandise jewelry stores sold in February 2012

1,453: U.S. jewelry manufacturers

23,739: Number of jewelry stores in the U.S. in 2010.

$880,893,904:  The value of imports for cut flowers and buds for bouquets in 2011.

$365,453,189: The total value of fresh cut roses in 2011

16,182: Number of Florists nationwide in 2010. These establishments employed 70,575 people

24.7: Pounds per capita of candy eaten by Americans in 2010

1,155: The number of U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2010. Those establishments employed 35,074 people. 

409: The number of U.S. establishments that manufactured non-chocolate confectionary products in 2010. These establishments employed 17,526 people.

$13.5 Billion: Total value of shipments in 2011 for firms producing chocolate and cocoa products.

$8.8 Billion: Non-chocolate confectionary product manufacturing

3,365: Number of confectionary and nut stores in the U.S. in 2010

Meanwhile, if you're looking for a getaway with a romantic name, check out the following places:

  • Rose City, Texas
  • Loveland, Colorado
  • Romeo, Colorado
  • Lovejoy, Georgia
  • Loves Park, Illinois
  • Lovington, Illinois
  • Romeoville, Illinois
  • Rosemont, Illinois
  • Romeo, Michigan
  • Rose City, Michigan
  • Darling, Minnesota
  • Sacred Heart, Minnesota
  • Heart Butte, Montana
  • Valentine, Nebraska
  • Lovelock, Nevada
  • Loving, New Mexico
  • Lovington, New Mexico
  • Love Valley, North Carolina
  • South Heart, North Dakota
  • Loveland, Ohio
  • Loveland Park, Ohio
  • Love County, Oklahoma
  • Loveland, Oklahoma
  • Lovelady, Texas
  • Loving Country, Texas
  • Valentine, Texas
  • Love County, Oklahoma
  • Lovelock, Nevada
  • Rose Hill, Virginia
  • Rose Hill Acres, Texas
  • Rosemont, Maryland

Of course, that's not a comprehensive list of every place in the United States with a "romantic-sounding" name, but it's definitely a start if you're looking for just such a place.

Where does Valentine's Day come from anyway? There's no clear answer, but the popular theory suggests the original Valentine was a clergyman who was executed for secretly marrying couples in ancient Rome. In A.D. 496, Pope Gelasius I declared February 14 Valentine's Day.  A Massachusetts native, Esther Howland, is credited with selling the first mass-produced Valentine cards in the 1840s.

Do any of the numbers on the list surprise you?

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