Thanksgiving Fun Facts and Statistics [Infographic]

September 30, 2019
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Whether you are hosting your own Thanksgiving dinner, driving to grandma’s house or flying across the country, this infographic breaks down the best days to travel and what you can do with all the leftover turkey.

Thanksgiving Fun Facts and Statistics [Infographic]

More Thanksgiving Fun Facts and Stats

Who travels?

In 2018, 54.3 million Americans were predicted to travel 50 miles or more away from home for Thanksgiving.

Why do they travel?

thanksgiving dinner

40% travel to have dinner with family

4% travel to have dinner with friends

How far do they go?

50 miles or more on average

Where do they go?

The 5 most popular cities to travel to for the holiday are:

  • New York City
  • Miami
  • Chicago
  • Los Angeles
  • Orlando

How do they get there?

man driving car while child reads map

Roughly 30.6 million will travel by airplane and 48.5 million travel by car.

When do they leave?

45% of flyers leave on Wednesday before Thanksgiving – the busiest travel day
57% of flyers plan to depart on Sunday, the busiest day to leave
64% plan to travel during off-peak hours to avoid heavy traffic

How much do they spend on traveling?

$379 is the average domestic airfare

What about the food?

245,000,000 turkeys are raised in the U.S. each year

45,000,000 turkeys are eaten for Thanksgiving dinner

How much is spent on the feast?

$48.90 is the average cost of Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people

$21.71 is the average cost of a 16 lb. turkey

$75 or more is the average for a ready-to-eat meal from a grocery store

If you’re one of the many Americans traveling this Thanksgiving, consider Nationwide travel insurance to protect you and your family from the unexpected.

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