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MERIC's Special Mother's Day Fun Facts and Spending Forecast

According to the National Retail Federation BigInsight Survey, this year mothers will be honored with traditional gifts and some with extra indulgences such as jewelry, smart phones and I-Pads as shoppers are expected to stretch their budgets for their loved ones. Mother's Day spending is expected to reach $20.7 billion dollars nationwide with the average Midwesterner spending $136.92. MERIC has gathered some interesting facts and figures about mothers to celebrate their special day.

Mother's Day Facts and Figures

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7.2 ounces

Congratulations to Nia Ray, MERIC's Director, giving birth to her little girl on April 18, 2013!

Mason and Emma

The most popular baby names in Missouri.

1914
The year Congress designated the second Sunday in May to honor mothers.

4.1 Million
The estimated number of mothers in the U.S. between the ages of 15 and 50 who gave birth in 2011, according to Census Bureau.

76,202
Number of women in Missouri between the ages of 15 and 50 that gave birth in 2011.

Mother's Day Greeting CardGreeting Card
Eight in ten Midwesterners plan to purchase a card for Mother's Day.

Second
Mother's Day is the second biggest retail spending holiday in the United States, according the the National Retail Federation.


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65.3

Percent of Midwesterners, including Missourians, who plan to purchase flowers for Mother's Day this year.

1,320
The number of florists in Missouri in 2013 where flowers may be purchased. Flowers may also be purchased at grocery stores, supermarkets, and nursery and garden centers.

Midwest Mother's Day Spending Plans
A gift of jewelry ($27.68) is the most expensive way Midwesterner's plan to honor their mothers on Mother's Day. A special lunch or dinner, flowers, and gift certificates are also popular spending options.

$20.7 Billion
The number of dollars Americans 18 years and older plan to spend on Mother's Day this year, up 11% from last year.

$136.92
The amount each Midwesterner, including Missourians, plan to spend on Mother's Day this year.

Mother's Day Midwestern Spending Plans

Sources:
U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey 2011
National Retail Federation
BIGInsight Survey

Social Security Administration
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