Thanksgiving by the numbers

By now you’ve probably asked yourself, “How many millions of turkeys will be eaten in the U.S. this Thanksgiving?” It’s not exactly the type of thing you’d probably Google. Unless you’re a numbers or stats freak. In that case, read on. And even if you’re not, here are some facts and figures about Thanksgiving, courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau.

If the number 248 million doesn’t mean anything to you this Thanksgiving season, it should. That’s how many turkeys are expected to be raised in 2011. Put all these turkeys in one room and we might have a problem on our hands.

It’s not clear if questions about cranberries and cranberry sauce were on the most recent U.S. Census form, but somehow those clever folks figured out that in 2011, America will produce 750 million pounds of cranberries. No word on how many Craisins will be made.

If you love sweet potatoes, then 2011 is your year. That’s because the U.S. will churn out a whopping 2.4 billion pounds of sweet potatoes. No wonder many places serve sweet potato fries these days. Now if we could only invent a lighter sweet potato we could save on shipping costs.

That’s nothing compared to green beans. Sure, they’re a magical fruit and all that jazz, but check this out: America will produce 656,340 tons of green beans this year. So when your Thanksgiving green bean casserole turns out to weigh half a ton, don’t say we didn’t warn you.

And did you know there are 116.7 million homes in America? That’s a lot of potential Thanksgiving gathering places. And as for those poor turkeys? They don’t stand a chance. The average U.S. citizen will consume 13.3 pounds of turkey in one year.

Well, anyway you slice and dice these numbers; at least that one lucky turkey that gets pardoned by the President can breathe a little easier—for this year anyway.