MERIC's Father's Day Fun Facts & Figures

Father's Day for the past century has been a day to recognize and pay tribute to the men and father figures in our lives that have made a difference. This year we celebrate Father's Day on June 17, 2012. MERIC has compiled some fun facts and and figures about the Father’s Day holiday.

Father's Day Facts:

70.1 Million
Estimated number of fathers across the nation.

Mr. Mom
There are 176,000 stay-at-home dads in the U.S. according to U.S. Census Bureau 2011 data. These married fathers with children younger than 15 have remained out of the labor force for at least one year to care for the family while their wives work outside the home.

$12.7 Billion
The number of dollars Americans plan to spend on Father's Day this year in the nation.

The amount each Midwesterner, including Missourians, plans to spend on Father's Day this year.

Top dollar item that Americans plan to purchase for Father's Day. Consumers can shop the 1,986 electronic retail stores in Missouri. According to the National Retail Federation, smartphone and tablet shopping continue to rise.

2010 Father's DAy Midwest Spending Plans


The number of sporting good stores in Missouri to purchase Dad something on his must-have list.


The percent of gift-givers that plan to purchase a greeting card for Father's Day.

Department Store 

The number one place gift givers will shop for Dad.

Father's Day Shopping Plans 2012

The year President Lyndon Johnson signed a Presidential Proclamation on the declaring the third Sunday of June as Father's Day.

Richard Nixon 
Signed the law in 1972, making Father's Day a national day of recognition.

Spokane, Washington 
The city that held the first Father's Day Celebration.

U.S. Census Bureau
National Retail Federation



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