For the LOVE of Mom


Did you know that Sunday May 11, 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the Mother’s Day holiday?

Scroll through for a few more interesting numbers direct from the U.S. Census Bureau meant to pay homage to our lovely mothers on this very special day.  But first, take a peek at this adorable video of kids answering simple questions about moms.


Interestingly, there are more women who give birth to two children than one, three or four. When accounting for all women between the ages of 15 and 44 in 2010, 47% had no children. But 17% had one child, 20% had two, 10% had three and just 5% had four or more.


In 2011, the average age an American woman gave birth was 25.6. That number has jumped slightly to 25.8 one-year later. “The increase in the mean age in 2012 reflects, in part,” writes the Census Bureau, “the relatively large decline in births to women in their teen years and their 20s.”


Some people condemn the nation’s current policies in regards to maternity leave and related measures. And while they may be right, there’s no denying fortitude of working moms. In 2012, 62.1% of mothers who gave birth in 2012 were in the labor force.


Greeting card companies lick their chops on holidays like Mother’s day. The industry has almost as many employees as the floral industry does shops. In 2011 there were 12,403 employees working for greeting card publishers.


There’s no question that mom loves flowers. It’s a widespread truth, a law of the universe. Lucky for you, there are plenty of florist options to choose from, no matter where you live. As 0f 2011, there were 15,307 florists nationwide with 66,165 employees preparing blossoms just for you.


Shirley Bassey said it best: Diamonds are forever. If mom isn’t to keen on flowers, step up your game people. In 2011, the Census Bureau accounted for 23,394 jewelry stores in the United States.

3.95 million

In 2012 alone, the U.S. saw 3.95 million births. Of this number, 305,388 were to teens between the ages of 15 and 19, while women between the ages of 45 and 49 had 7,157.

4.1 million

According to the Census Bureau’s 2012 American Community Survey, 4.1 million women in the U.S. between the ages of 15 and 50 gave birth in the last 12 months.

5 million

Five million married moms stayed at home to raise their kids in 2013, a number that’s been virtually unchanged over the past three years. In 2013, 24% of family groups with a married couple and children under 15 had a stay-at-home mother, up from 21%  in 2000. In 2007, prior to the recession, stay-at-home mothers were found in 24% of family groups with a married couple and children under 15, about the same in 2012

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