By the Numbers


26 — Pounds of candy consumed per capita by Americans in 2006

2.2 million — Number of marriages that take place in U.S. annually

71 — Percentage of Americans (age 30-34) who had been married at some point in their lives (as of 2006)

34 — Number of single men age 65 or older for every 100 single women from the same age group

2 — States (Colorado and Michigan) with towns named Romeo

189 million — Number of roses, by stem, sold on Valentine's Day in U.S.

1415 — Year the first Valentine card was sent, by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife. He was imprisoned in the Tower of London.

1929 — Year of the Saint Valentine's Day massacre, when seven people died in a shootout between gangleaders Al Capone and Bugs Moran. Now that's romance.

53 — Percent of men who say family and friends help them choose Valentine's gifts, while 11 percent ask their coworkers' advice (Source: National Confectioners' Association)

85 — Percent of Valentine's Day cards, candy, and other gifts sent by women

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