Fun Facts from the Census Bureau

Don’t forget to sign up for ACOG’s Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) workshop, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., October 31! The workshop will feature representatives from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Denver Region. Online registration is now open.

For more information, contact Jennifer Sebesta, Program Coordinator, Transportation and Planning Services, ACOG.

The following information was provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Trick or Treat! 41.1 million

The estimated number of potential trick-or-treaters in 2015 — children ages 5 to 14 — across the United States. Of course, many other children — older than age 15 and younger than age 5 — also go trick-or-treating.

118.8 million

The number of occupied housing units across the nation in the first quarter 2017 — all potential stops for trick-or-treaters.

66.6 million

The number of housing units where trick-or-treaters had to climb steps in order to fill their bags full of candy in 2015.


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


The percentage of U.S. households who think their neighborhood has a lot of petty crime.

Hauntingly Delicious: 39,815

The number of people employed by U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2015. This industry’s value of shipments totaled $17.2 billion, up from $16.0 billion in 2014.


The number of people employed by U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced nonchocolate confectionary products. This industry’s value of shipments totaled $8.2 billion in 2015.


The number of U.S. confectionary and nut stores that sell candy and other confectionary products, employing 23,243 people in 2015.

Places to Spend Halloween

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

Tombstone, Arizona (estimated population 1,300)
Sleepy Hollow, New York (estimated population 10,198)
Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. (estimated population 7,121)
Yellville, Arkansas (estimated population 1,171)
Transylvania County, North Carolina (estimated population 33,482)
Slaughter Beach, Delaware (estimated population 233)
Casper, Wyoming (estimated population 59,324)
Scarville, Iowa (estimated population 71)
Truth or Consequences, New Mexico (estimated population 6,023)

Spooktacular: 4,407

The number of motion picture theaters (except drive-ins) in the United States in 2015 where one could possibly enjoy a horror movie. California (497), Texas (330), New York (258) and Florida (199) had the most of such establishments. There were 213 drive-in motion picture theaters in 2015 — Ohio had 21, California had 18 and Pennsylvania had 19 drive-in motion picture theaters.

$12.4 million

The value of U.S. imports of pumpkins in 2016. Pumpkin carving and decorating is a popular Halloween tradition.

$1.93 billion

The estimated private construction spending on theme/amusement parks in 2016. Halloween events at theme/amusement parks can be frighteningly fun. For more information about construction spending, visit


The number of formal wear and costume rental establishments in the United States. This industry had 6,504 paid employees across the nation in 2015 (for the pay period including March 12, 2015).


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.

$935.5 million

Dollar value of U.S. fresh apples exported in 2016. Whether bobbing for or dipping in caramel, apples can be a fun treat around Halloween.

Who You Gonna Call? 89.0%

The percentage of households that had a cellular phone in 2011, compared with only 36.0 percent in 1998. The percentage of households with a cellular phone only (no landline) rose from less than 1.0 percent in 1998 to 28.0 percent in 2011.

Staff Contacts

Jennifer Sebesta
Program Coordinator
Transportation and Planning Services

(405) 234-2264

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