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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for February 14

February 13, 2012

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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Profile America — Tuesday, February Th. While today may not be an official holiday, Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular in the year’s calendar. Its origins are a mix of legends involving two Christian martyrs, a roman fertility rite, and the old notion that this is the time of year when the birds choose their mates. What is sure is that Esther Howland of Massachusetts began selling the first mass-produced valentines in the 1840s. To help find recipients for today’s valentine’s cards, there are around 400 dating service establishments nationwide. Successes in these ventures are among the 53 percent of U.S. adults currently joined in matrimony. The median ages for first marriages is 28.7 years for men and 26.5 for women. Profile America is in its 15th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Sources: Chase’s Calendar of Events 2012, p. 128
U.S. Census Bureau, Facts for Features, CB12-FF.02

Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for “Multimedia Gallery” by the “Newsroom” button).

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