Thanksgiving By The Numbers

Ever feel like your family is the only one who stresses about traveling for the Thanksgiving Holiday? Or that someway somehow there will be some sort of chaotic drama? Let’s take a look at the ‘Thanksgiving Numbers’ so you can see how your fellow Americans spends their Thanksgivings as well.


Who travels?

43,400,000 Americans travel for Thanksgiving


Why do they travel?

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
  • Orlando
  • Chicago
  • Los Angeles
  • San Francisco


How do they get there?

38,900,000 travel by car

3,140,000 travel by plane

1,400,000 travel by bus, train or ship


When do they leave?

27% of drivers leave on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving – the busiest travel day

64% plan to travel during off-peak hours to avoid heavy traffic


Where do they stay?

44% of travelers stay at the home of family or friends

42% stay at a hotel or vacation rental


How do they book their tickets and accommodations?

57% of travelers use a mobile device in the booking process



How much do they spend on traveling?

$384 is the average domestic airfare

$162 is the average hotel rate


What about the food?

235,000,000 turkeys are raised in the U.S. each year

46,000,000 turkeys served for Thanksgiving dinner

736,000,000 pounds of turkey served for Thanksgiving dinner

16% of people eat at a restaurant on Thanksgiving


How much is spent on the feast?

$49.04 is the average cost of Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people

$21.65 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



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