How Mother’s Day began

Anna Jarvis organized Mother’s Day observances in Grafton, W.Va., and Philadelphia on May 10, 1908. The annual celebration became popular around the country. When Jarvis asked members of Congress to set aside a day to honor mothers, in 1914,  Congress designated the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

How Many Mothers

4.1 million
The number of women between the ages of 15 and 50 who gave birth in 2012.

35.7 percent
The percentage of births in 2011 that were to unmarried women age 15 to 50. The metro areas with birth rates to unmarried mothers that were among the highest in the country included Flagstaff, Ariz. (74.6 percent), Greenville, N.C. (69.4 percent), Lima, Ohio (67.5 percent), Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway, S.C. (67.4 percent) and Danville, Va. (67.3 percent).


How Many Children

The number of children born to one woman, a Russian. She gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets.

The average age of women in 2012 when they gave birth for the first time, up from 25.6 years in 2011. The increase in the mean age in 2012 reflects, in part, the relatively large decline in births to women in their teen years and their 20s.

Jacob and Sophia
The most popular baby names for boys and girls, respectively, in 2012.

84.6 percent
The percentage of women age 15 to 50 who gave birth in the past year and who have at least a high school diploma.


Recent Births
There was a decline of about 4 million births registered in the United States in 2012. Of this number, 305,388 were to teens 15 to 19 and 7,157 to women age 45 to 49.

20 percent
The percentage of all women age 15 to 44 who have had two children. About 47 percent had no children; 17 percent had one; 10 percent had three; and about 5 percent had four or more.

29.5 percent
The percentage of mothers who had given birth in the past 12 months who had a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Number of births in the past year per 1,000 women age 15 to 50 with a graduate or professional degree. The number was 56 per 1,000 for women whose highest level of education was a bachelor’s degree.


Mothers Remembered

Number of florists nationwide in 2011. The 66,165 employees in floral shops across our nation will be especially busy preparing, selling and delivering floral arrangements for Mother’s Day.

The number of cosmetics, beauty supplies and perfume stores nationwide in 2011. Perfume is a popular gift given on Mother’s Day.

The number of employees of greeting-card publishers in 2011.

The number of jewelry stores in the United States in 2011 — the place to purchase necklaces, earrings and other timeless pieces for mom.


Stay-at-Home Moms

5 million
The number of stay-at-home moms in married-couple family groups in 2013 — statistically unchanged from 2012 and 2011. 

Compared with other moms, stay-at-home moms in 2007 were more likely:

Younger (44 percent were under age 35 compared with 38 percent of mothers in the labor force).
Hispanic (27 percent compared with 16 percent of mothers in the labor force).
Foreign-born (34 percent compared with 19 percent of mothers in the labor force).
Living with a child under age 5 (57 percent compared with 43 percent of mothers in the labor force).
Without a high school diploma (19 percent versus 8 percent of mothers in the labor force).

In 2013, 24 percent of married-couple family groups with children under 15 had a stay-at-home mother, up from 21 percent in 2000.
In 2007, before the recession, stay-at-home mothers were found in 24 percent of married-couple family groups with children under 15, not statistically different from the percentage in 2012.

Taking Care of the Kids

The number of child day care services employees across the country in 2011. They were employed by one of the 75,059 child day care services. In addition, there were 747,436 child day care services without paid employees. Many mothers turn to these centers to help juggle motherhood and careers.

The percentage of the 37.8 million mothers living with children younger than 18 in 2004 who lived with their biological children only. In addition, 3 percent lived with stepchildren, 2 percent with adopted children and 0.5 percent with foster children.

Single Moms

10 million
The number of single mothers living with children younger than 18 in 2013, up from 3.4 million in 1970.

5.6 million
The number of custodial mothers who were due child support in 2011.

The number of mothers who had a birth in 2012 and were living with a cohabiting partner.


The Cost of Mother’s Day: Priceless

Total amount of money spent on Mother’s Day Cards annually $671 million

Total average amount of money the average person will spend on gifts of their mom on mother’s day $126.90

Total amount of money spent on flowers for their mothers on mother’s day $1.9 billion

Total amount of money that will be spent for mothers on Mother’s Day $14.6 billion