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Thanksgiving trivia: Turkey Day by the numbers
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• 117 million occupied housing units in America

• 4 places named after Thanksgiving’s main course: Turkey Creek Village, La.; Turkey Creek, Ariz.; Turkey City, Texas, and Turkey Town, N.C.

• 66,286 grocery stores in the U.S. in 2013

• 228 million turkeys raised in the U.S. this year (peak of 302 million in 1996)

• 40 million birds raised in Minnesota in 2015, the nation’s leading producer

• 46 million turkeys eaten on Thanksgiving across U.S. each year

• 24.4 million U.S. residents with English ancestry, some of whom could be descendants of the Plymouth colonists who celebrated the first Thanksgiving in 1621

• 6,500 current members in the Wampanoag American Indian tribe, half of whom reside in Massachusetts. The tribe ate with the Plymouth colonists at the first Thanksgiving

• 1924: first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is held (canceled three years during World War II)

• 47 million, or 1 in 6, Americans traveling for the holiday

• 1981 Butterball launches turkey talk hotline

• 100,000 approximate calls annually to the hotline. The biggest inquiry is how to thaw a turkey

• 12 hours is how long it takes to thaw a frozen 24-pound turkey in cold water

• 44.8 million shoppers on Thanksgiving Day last year

• 69 percent of fires on Thanksgiving are a result of cooking


• Best pie: Pumpkin (according to Huffington Post poll), followed by apple and pecan

• Favorite side: Mac and cheese in the Southeast (according to FiveThirtyEight)

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, National Turkey Federation, AAA, Huffington Post, CNN

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