Thanksgiving Facts from the U.S. Census Bureau



Where do you plan to eat Thanksgiving dinner? According to the U.S. Census Bureau, you have 118.9 million possibilities — the number of occupied housing units across the nation in the second quarter of 2017. (Source: Housing Vacancies and Homeownership, Table 8.)

Some of those tables may be crowded. There were 4.6 million multigenerational households, consisting of three or more generations, in the United States in 2016. (2016 American Community Survey, Table B11017 .) It will take a lot of food to feed that many — good thing we raise 244 million turkeys in this country (2016 forecast from USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.)

Four populated places are named after the day’s main course: Turkey Creek CDP, Arizona (2015 pop. 405), Turkey city, Texas (367); Turkey Creek village, Louisiana (357); and Turkey town, North Carolina (280). (2011-2015 American Community Survey.) Alas, none of them are in Wyoming, although Wyoming Places does list a Turkey Hollow as a land feature in Carbon County.

Find more Thanksgiving Day facts from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Facts for Features.

Our reference librarians can help you find statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau and other sources. Contact statelibrary@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6333 for assistance.

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