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Halloween facts and figures

In celebration of Halloween, SANDAG has compiled a list of fun facts related to the holiday, based on the 2010 census and other sources:

24.7 pounds: Per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2010. Candy consumption, much like home prices, peaked in the middle of the decade and dipped at the start of the recession in 2008. Since then, consumption has been increasing slowly each year.

393,000 little ghouls and goblins: Estimated number of potential trick-or-treaters or children ages 5 to 14 years old in San Diego County in 2010. 

1.09 million doorbells to ring: Number of households in the county that trick-or-treaters in the region can visit to ask for candy.

1.1 billion pounds of pumpkins: Total pumpkin production in this country in 2010. California accounted for more than 100 million pounds of pumpkins grown in 2010. San Diego County’s pumpkin production, however, was relatively low. Last year, farmers in the region grew 5,200 tons of squash, which includes, but is not limited to, pumpkins.

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Colleen Windsor, Communications Director
Phone: (619) 699-1960, E-mail: colleen.windsor@sandag.org

For media inquiries, please contact the SANDAG Public Information Office at (619) 699-1950 or pio@sandag.org.