Three Fun Facts About Black Friday and Thanksgiving

November 24, 2015
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(This article was first published on Plotly Blog, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

Thanksgiving has been a national holiday in the United States since 1941 and Canada since 1957. Black Friday, while not an official holiday, marks the unofficial of the holiday shopping season. These three graphs show the increasing price of a pound of turkey, turkey production by U.S. state, and the the growing popularity of Black Friday. We made the interactive graphs using Plotly’s web app. To securely share graphs and data within a team and make interactive dashboards, contact us about Plotly on-premise.


1. How Much Will My Turkey Cost?

The price of a pound of turkey increased 73% between November of 2003 and 2013. In the same time frame, a gallon of milk saw a price increase of just 8%. Plotly has tutorials that can help you learn to make inset graphs like the one below.

the-price-of-a-pound-of-turkey-in-dollars-since-january-2004

2. Which U.S. State Produces the Most Turkeys?

The United States is the world’s largest turkey producer. Minnesota is the top producing state, raising 19.3% of all U.S. turkeys. North Carolina is a close second, at 17.06%. Learn to make choropleth maps like this one in Plotly.

Turkey Production in 2012

3. Black Friday More Popular Than Thanksgiving

Perhaps its a sign of the times, but as of 2008, ‘Black Friday’ is now a more popular Google search than ‘Thanksgiving.’ The total amount of money spent on Black Friday increased a remarkable 197% between 2004 and 2010. Head to Plotly’s tutorial on subplots to recreate a chart like this one.

black-friday-thanksgiving-comparing-search-term-popularity

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