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Mother's Day Fun Facts
It's More Than the Thought That Counts

Perfume for Mother's Day
As always, kids are more
likely to eat meals with
moms than with dads.


Feasts celebrating mothers have existed throughout the world since the beginning of time. The modern version of Mother's Day in the United States, was first observed in 1907.

Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia decided that it would be a wonderful way to honor her deceased mother. Two years later, Jarvis and friends began a letter-writing campaign to create a Mother's Day observance.

Soon after, in 1914, the US Congress passed legislation designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.

How Many Mothers?

4.1 million Estimated number of women who gave birth in the United States in the last 12 months.

53% Percentage of 15- to 44-year-olds who are mothers.

81% Percentage of women 40 to 44 years old who are mothers. In 1980, 90 percent of women in that age group were mothers.

Kids These Days

2.5 The total fertility rate or number of births in 2010 per woman in Utah (based on current birth rates by age), which led the nation. At the other end of the spectrum is Rhode Island, with a total fertility rate of 1.7 births per woman.

25.4 Average age of women in 2010 when they gave birth for the first time, up from 25.2 years in 2009. The increase in the mean age from 2009 to 2010 reflects, in part, the relatively large decline in births to women under age 25..

Perfume for Mother's Day
Along with flowers & jewelry,
perfume remains one of the
most popular Mother's Day gifts.

89.7% Among the 37.8 million mothers living with children younger than 18, the percentage who lived with their biological children. About 1.2 percent of all children lived with a stepmother..

Jacob and Sophia The most popular baby names for boys and girls, respectively, in 2012.

Mothers Day Gifts, Cards & Flowers

16,182 Number of florists nationwide in 2010. Their 70,575 employees will be especially busy selling the Top Ten Mother's Day flower bouquets this Sunday. The flowers you buy mom probably were grown in California or Colombia.

10,258 Number of employees of 103 greeting-card publishing establishments in 2010.

14,654 The number of cosmetics, beauty supplies and perfume stores nationwide in 2010. Perfume is one of the most popular gifts given on Mother's Day.

23,739 Number of jewelry stores in the United States in 2010 -- the place to purchase necklaces, earrings and other timeless pieces for mom.

New Moms

4.1 million Number of women who had babies in the last 12 months.

Perfume for Mother's Day
Statistically, the most
popular day to have a baby.


40 Percentage of births taking place annually that are the mothers' first.

42,746 Number of births each year attended by physicians, midwives or others that did not occur in hospitals.

1-in-31 Number of twin births per 1,000 total births in 2008, the highest rate on record.

July The month with the highest number of births, with 375,384 taking place that month in 2008.

Tuesday The most popular day of the week in which to have a baby, followed by Monday. Sunday is the slowest day, with 35.1 fewer births than average.

Stay-at-Home vs Working Moms

777,817 The number of day-care centers across the country to which mothers turn to help juggle motherhood and careers.

5 million Number of stay-at-home moms in 2010 — down from 5.1 million in 2009 and 5.3 million in 2008. Compared with other moms, stay-at-home moms in 2007 were more likely to be younger, Hispanic or foreign-born, living with a preschool-age child.

Single Moms

9.9 million The number of single mothers living with children younger than 18 in 2010, up from 3.4 million in 1970 .

Meals with Mommy

54% and 79% Percentages of children younger than 6 who eat breakfast and dinner, respectively, with their mother every day. The corresponding percentages who eat with their father were 41 percent and 66 percent.

Source: US Census Bureau


also see -> Mother's Day Facts & Figures - Past & Present

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