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Posted at 2:27 PM ET, 02/11/2011

Valentine's by the numbers

By James Buck

It's the most romantic time of year -- even at the U.S. Census bureau. Here's a collection of Valentine's Day facts and figures collected by the Census to put you in the mood for love. This is just a sampler of their love-themed numbers; for more tasty bites (and more details on their methodology and margin of error), check out their website.

To learn some romantic fun facts, just mouse over the numbers below.

Hungry for more? Try these:

Number of U.S. establishments that manufactured nonchocolate confectionary products in 2008. These establishments employed 16,860 people. California led the nation in this category, with 47 establishments.

Number of confectionery and nut stores in the United States in 2008.

$18 million
The combined wholesale value of domestically produced cut roses in 2009 for all operations with $100,000 or more in sales.

The number of florists nationwide in 2008. These businesses employed 89,741 people. 

The number of marriages performed in Nevada during 2009. So many couples tie the knot in the Silver State that it ranked fifth nationally in marriages, even though its total population that year among states was 35th. (California ranked first in marriages.)

28.2 and 26.1 years
Median age at first marriage in 2010 for men and women, respectively.

Percentage of people 15 years and older in 2010 who had been married at some point in their lives -- either currently or formerly.

Among women who married for the first time between 1985 and 1989, the percentage who marked their 10th anniversary. This compares with 87 percent of women who married for the first time between 1955 and 1959.

By James Buck  | February 11, 2011; 2:27 PM ET
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The majority of consumers (64 percent) will be opening their wallets this Valentine’s Day, according to the latest American Express Spending & Saving Tracker:

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