Friday, January 12, 2007

Birthday Trends and Statistics

  • Birthday shopping is a $10 billion business.

  • About 5 million people celebrate birthdays in the U.S. each week; an average of 700,000 birthdays occur each day.

  • 11,000 baby boomers turn 50 each day, and will for the next 10 years. America tends to focus on boomers because there are 76 million of them.

  • The average American receives eight birthday cards and four gifts a year.

  • More people are born in August than any other month (9.07 percent). About 21 million Americans have birthdays in August.

  • In recent years, July ranks number two in birthdays (8.80 percent of births) and February is last (7.55 percent)

  • Consumers write additional messages inside a birthday card 70 percent of the time.

  • For Americans, birthdays are the #1 reason to party.

  • The first birthday card originated in England in 1850.

  • After the 25th birthday, the milestone birthdays – 30th, 40th, 50th, etc. – begin to take on different meanings according to one's lifestyle, mental state, values, work status, etc. For example, the 30th or 40th birthday may have a different meaning for a single person than for someone married with children.

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