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Profile America's Stats for Stories provides links to timely story ideas highlighting the Census Bureau's newsworthy statistics that relate to current events, observances, holidays, and anniversaries. The story ideas are intended to assist the media in story mining and producing content for their respective audiences. Dates with Presidential Proclamations are marked with (P).

Profile America's Facts for Features similarly provides statistics related to observances and holidays not covered by Stats for Stories. For observances not listed below, please see Facts for Features in the Newsroom.

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Valentine’s Day: February 14, 2023
According to the 2021 American Community Survey, 49.7% of men and 46.5% of women 15 years and over are now married. Never married are 37.1% men and 31.3% women.


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National Inventors’ Day: February 11, 2023
U.S. Census Bureau innovations led to the IBM Corporation, statistical sampling, the first commercial electronic computer, and geographic information systems.


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Massachusetts 235th Anniversary of Statehood (1788): February 6, 2023
Massachusetts ratified the U.S. Constitution on Feb. 6, 1788 – (6th). Nickname: The Bay State. Motto: By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty.


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65th GRAMMY Awards: February 5, 2023
According to the 2021 American Community Survey, there were 19,770 music directors and composers and 35,698 musicians and singers in the United States.


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National Weatherperson’s Day: February 5, 2023
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs for atmospheric scientists, including meteorologists, will grow 4% to 9,400 from 2021 to 2031.


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Mail Carrier Day: February 4, 2023
The 2021 American Community Survey estimated 709,282 civilian employees in the U.S. Postal Service (405,762 male and 303,520 female), down from 716,936 in 2010.


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National Women Physician Day: February 3, 2023
According to the 2021 American Community Survey, there were 272,196 women physicians. Full-time earnings were $185,183.


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Groundhog Day: February 2, 2023
According to NOAA, the 137th Groundhog Day originated from an ancient celebration midway between the winter solstice and spring equinox — the middle of winter.


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American Heart Month: February 2023
The 2021 American Community Survey estimates there were 712,332 physicians, 122,904 physician assistants, 17,891 radiologists, and 51,318 surgeons in the U.S.


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National Spouses Day: January 26, 2023
According to the Current Population Survey 2022 ASEC Supplement, there are some 131.7M married adults age 15+ in the U.S., not counting 4.6M who are separated.


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Lunar New Year: January 22, 2023
With celebrations also known as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, many people across the world will welcome the Year of the Rabbit with reunions and hope.


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National Popcorn Day: January 19, 2023
According to the Popcorn Board, Americans consume 14 billion quarts of popped popcorn each year, based on 2016-2020 sales. That about 43 quarts per person.


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Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday and Day of Service: January 16
In 1983, Congress made the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. a federal holiday. In 1994, Congress added the national day of service. Learn more at MLKDay.gov.


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National Pharmacist Day: January 12, 2023
According to the 2021 American Community Survey, there were 261,009 pharmacists and 256,901 pharmacy technicians in the United States.


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National Milk Day: January 11, 2023
According to the 2021 Annual Survey of Manufactures, fluid milk manufacturing shipments were valued at $41.3 billion and involved 55,364 employees.


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Connecticut 235th Anniversary of Statehood (1788): January 9, 2023
Connecticut ratified the U.S. Constitution on Jan. 9, 1788 – (5th state). Nickname: The Constitution State. Motto: He Who Transplanted Still Sustains.


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Georgia 235th Anniversary of Statehood (1788): January 2, 2023
Georgia ratified the U.S. Constitution on Jan. 2, 1788, fourth of the original 13 states to do so. Nickname: Peach State. Motto: Wisdom, Justice, Moderation.


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National Hot Tea Month: January 2023
U.S. imports of tea, spices, etc., were valued above $2.84 billion in 2021, $1.08 billion more than the $1.75 billion value a decade earlier in 2011.


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National Poverty in America Awareness Month: January 2023
The Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement reports the official poverty rate in 2021 was 11.6%, not statistically different from 2020.


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New Year's Day 2023: January 1, 2023
The U.S. Census Bureau projects the U.S. population will be 334,233,854 on Jan. 1, 2023. This is an annual increase of 1,571,393, or 0.47%, from Jan. 1, 2022.


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Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day: December 21, 2022
On a single night in January 2021, HUD reported 326,126 people experienced sheltered homelessness in the U.S. This is an eight percent decrease from 2020.


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New Jersey 235th Anniversary of Statehood (1787): December 18, 2022
New Jersey ratified the U.S. Constitution on December 18, 1787. It was the third of the original 13 colonies to join the Union.


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Wright Brothers Day: December 17, 2022
On Dec. 17, 1903, Orville Wright piloted the first flight for 12 seconds and flew 120 feet. On the fourth and final flight, Wilbur flew 59 seconds and 852 feet.


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Virginia 245th Anniversary – First State to Ratify the Articles of Confederation (1777): December 16, 2022
The Articles needed approval from all 13 states. First from Virginia on December 16, 1777, to Maryland on March 1, 1781, 38 months and 14 days had passed.


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Bill of Rights Day (1791): December 15, 2022
The first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution focus on individual rights and were ratified on Dec. 15, 1791. Amendment I protects freedom of expression.


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Pennsylvania 235th Anniversary of Statehood (1787): December 12, 2022
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania ratified the U.S. Constitution on December 12, 1787. It was the second of the original 13 colonies to join the Union.


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Mississippi 205th Anniversary of Statehood (1817): December 10, 2022
Mississippi was admitted to the Union on December 10, 1817, as the 20th state, with generally the same boundary as the present state.


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Delaware 235th Anniversary of Statehood (1787): December 7, 2022
Delaware ratified the U.S. Constitution on Dec. 7, 1787. It was the first of the original 13 colonies to join the Union and is thus known as “The First State.”


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National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: December 7, 2022
According to the 2021 American Community Survey, of the 16.5 million veterans in the U.S., 4.0 million were 75 years and older and 182,603 were WWII veterans.


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National Miners Day: December 6, 2022
Q2 2022 Quarterly Financial Report found mining corporations had unadjusted sales of $146.9B, up $68.5B from Q2 2021, and up $27.7B from Q1 sales of $119.1B.


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Cyber Monday: November 28, 2022
According to USA.Gov, “Cyber Monday is the day with sales and discounts across online retailers.” Check out these shopping stats and other links.


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Small Business Saturday: November 26, 2022
The 2020 County Business Patterns series counted 8,000,178 establishments in the U.S. Most (6,819,150) had less than 20 employees and averaged about 4.4 each.


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Black Friday: November 25, 2022
According to 2020 County Business Patterns, the retail trade sector had 1,036,821 establishments, 15.8 million employees and $484.9 billion in annual payroll.


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Native American Heritage Day: November 25, 2022
The July 1, 2021, population estimate for American Indian and Alaska Native alone population is 4.4M and the alone or in combination population is 7.2M.


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FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™: November 20 – December 18
The 22nd World Cup - the first hosted in the Middle East - saw 206 countries compete for 32 slots. The 2023 Women’s World Cup is in Australia and New Zealand.


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National Child's Day: November 20, 2022
The majority of America’s 72.6M children under 18 live with two parents (70%). The second most common are children living with mother only (22%).

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