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Check Out These Frighteningly Fun Stats from the U.S. Census Bureau

Oct 31, 2016 07:32AM ● By Audrey Sellers

This Halloween, toss some trivia into your trick-or-treating—the U.S. Census Bureau released some interesting findings just in time for Halloween. Enjoy!

Trick or Treat!

41.1 million: The estimated number of potential trick-or-treaters in 2015 — children ages five to 14 — across the U.S. Of course, many other children — older than age 15 and younger than age five — also go trick-or-treating.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 Population Estimates

118.3 million: The number of occupied housing units across the nation in the second quarter 2016 — all potential stops for trick-or-treaters.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Housing Vacancies and Homeownership 

78.7%: The percentage of U.S. households that agreed their neighbors could be trusted in 2013.

Source: 2013 American Housing Survey

Hauntingly Delicious

37,128: The number of people employed by U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2014. This industry’s value of shipments totaled $16 billion, up from $15.2 billion in 2013.

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 Annual Survey of Manufactures, NAICS

3,217: The number of U.S. confectionary and nut stores that sell candy and other confectionary products, employing 22,086 people in 2014.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 County Business Patterns, NAICS

Places to Spend Halloween

Some places around the country that may put you in the Halloween mood:

Tombstone, Arizona: estimated population 1,312 

Sleepy Hollow, New York: estimated population 10,242

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina: estimated population 7,058

Yellville, Arkansas: estimated population 1,169

Transylvania County, North Carolina: estimated population 33,211

Slaughter Beach, Delaware: estimated population 230

Casper, Wyoming: estimated population 60,285

Scarville, Iowa: estimated population 71

Truth or Consequences, New Mexico: estimated population 6,079


4,449: The number of motion picture theaters (except drive-ins) in the U.S. in 2014 where one could possibly enjoy a horror movie. California (511), Texas (326), New York (265) and Florida (195) had the most of such establishments. There were 219 drive-in motion picture theaters in 2014 — Ohio had 23, and California and Pennsylvania each had 19 drive-in motion picture theaters. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 County Business Patterns, NAICS

40,900: The number of acres of pumpkins harvested in the U.S. in 2015, with a total estimated production value of $90.2 million. Of the top six pumpkin-producing states, Illinois led the country by producing an estimated 318.0 million pounds of this vined gourd, followed by California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and New York. Pumpkins are frequently carved as decorations around Halloween.

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service,

$1.04 billion: The estimated construction spending on theme/amusement parks in 2015. Halloween events at theme/amusement parks can be frighteningly fun. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Value of Construction Put in Place Survey

1,078: The number of formal wear and costume rental establishments in the U.S. This industry had 6,611 paid employees across the nation in 2014 (for the pay period including March 12, 2014).

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 County Business Patterns

302: The number of broom, brush, and mop and casket manufacturing establishments (for the more authentic witches and vampires). Combined, these two industries employed 12,627 people and had a total value of shipments of $3.6 billion in 2012.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 Economic Census

$1.03 billion: Dollar value of U.S. fresh apples exported in 2015. Whether bobbing for or dipping in caramel, apples can be a fun treat around Halloween. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, International Trade Statistics

Who You Gonna Call?

89%: The percentage of households that had a cellular phone in 2011, compared with only 36 percent in 1998. The percentage of households with a cellular phone only (no landline) rose from less than one percent in 1998 to 28 percent in 2011. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Extended Measures of Well-Being: Living Conditions in the United States, 2011