With consumers having spent around $312 per person in the period between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday last year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its 2021’s Best Places to Go for Thanksgiving report, as well as accompanying videos and expert commentary. It also released fun and interesting stats about the holiday in its Thanksgiving Fun Facts infographic.
To help Americans decide where to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast without breaking the bank, WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 20 key metrics. They range from the cost of Thanksgiving dinner and share of delayed flights to volunteer opportunities per capita and forecasted precipitation.
Thanksgiving in Irving (1=Best; 50=Avg.):
- 35th – Cost of Thanksgiving Dinner
- 5th – Volunteer Opportunities per Capita
- 16th – Holiday Decoration Shops per Capita
- 25th – Volunteer Hours per Capita
- $312 – Average person’s spending over the five-day Thanksgiving period.
- 10 Hrs. 2 Mins. – Length of time the average American male would need to spend on the treadmill to burn the 4,500 calories consumed at the average Thanksgiving meal.
- $604+ Million – Estimated amount Americans spend on Thanksgiving turkeys each year, with 46 million turkeys killed for the holiday.
- $26 Million – Amount of property loss caused by residential building fires each Thanksgiving.
- 46% – Share of people celebrating Thanksgiving who try to avoid having to talk politics at the dinner table.
- 65% – Share of Americans who expect COVID-19 to impact their Thanksgiving celebrations this year (only 15% expect the impact to be significant).