Some Holiday Weekend Statistics that Might Surprise You

Sean Williams
Nov 24, 2017 · 2 min read
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A great seasonal tradition.

Yesterday America ate a lot. Today it shops. Here are some facts that illustrate just how big a deal all this is.

Number of Americans who will shop this Thanksgiving weekend: 164m

Average Black Friday weekend spend per consumer: $290

Deaths at Black Friday stores: 10

State with highest rate of Black Friday violence: Tennessee

Percentage of the five states with the lowest rate of Black Friday violence that are in New England: 100

Year philatelist Earl Apfelbaum first coined the term Black Friday: 1966

Top 1% share of US pre-tax income in 1966: 10

Top 1% share of US pre-tax income in 2013: 19.6

Percentage of Americans who were members of a union in 1966: 28.7

Percentage of Americans who were members of a union in 2016: 10.7

Percentage of Americans who will shop online directly after Thanksgiving dinner: 22

Expected Cyber Monday spending: $6.6bn

Gross domestic product of Kosovo: $6.9bn

Cyber Monday online sales in 2016: $3.45bn

Amazon’s percentage of Cyber Weekend sales: 31

Amazon US federal, state, local and foreign tax expenditure in 2016:
13%, or $412m

Amazon US tax expenditure if it paid the average 26.9% tax paid by S&P500 companies: $852m

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Jeff Bezos earns 970,000 times more than the average American.

Number of S&P500 companies Jeff Bezos could buy: 440

Jeff Bezos’ fortune: $81.5bn

Number of years an Amazon fulfillment center employee would need to work to earn that: 3,260

World’s largest city 3,260 years ago: Thebes, Egypt (pop: 80,000)

World’s largest city today: Tokyo, Japan (pop: 38.1m)

Percentage of German Amazon fulfillment centers undergoing strike action: 66

Percentage of global wealth owned by Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Ellison, Larry Page and Sergey Brin: 0.8

Percentage of global wealth owned by the world’s 3.5bn poorest people: 2.7

Percentage of global population living on less than $1.90 per day in 1990: 35

Percentage of global population living on less than $1.90 per day in 2013: 10.7

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