Thanksgiving by the numbers

Thanksgiving triggers thoughts of turkey, holiday shopping and time with family. This year, AAA estimates 48.7 million Americans will travel 50  miles or more this Thanksgiving holiday. Many will drive to loved ones homes for a traditional turkey feast. Here are numbers to know about America's second favorite holiday:

1621: The year of the first Thanksgiving, a three-day feast.

46 million: The estimated number of turkeys killed annually for Thanksgiving, according to WalletHub.

$22.74: The average cost of a 16-pound turkey, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. The group estimates the average cost of this year's feast for 10 people will be $49.87, a 24-cent decrease from last year's average.

5: The number of days required to thaw a frozen 16-pound turkey in the refridgerator, according to the United State Department of Agriculture.

4,500: The calories the average American will consume (plus 229 grams of fat) at a traditional Thanksgiving feast, according to the Calorie Control Council. That's over twice the recommended calorie intake for an entire day, according to The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

100,000+: How many questions experts typically answer between November and December on Butterball’s Turkey Talk-Line (1-800-BUTTERBALL), where more than 50 experts stand by to talk you through cooking your bird.

$4.45 billion: The amount of money spent online during Thanksgiving weekend last year, according to WalletHub.

151 million: The number of people who said they shopped in stores or online over last year's Thanksgiving weekend, according to the National Retail Federation.

50 million: The number of viewers expected to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade (3.5 million spectators are expected to watch from the streets of Manhattan).

48.7 million: The anticipated number of travelers this Thanksgiving holiday, which is the most since 2007 according to AAA.


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