Father’s Day 2020 – Fun Facts from the US Census Bureau


History of Father’s Day

  • The idea of Father’s Day was conceived more than a century ago by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Washington.
  • Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm.
  • June 19 was chosen for the first Father’s Day celebration in 1910.
  • Father’s Day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent.

Fathers by the Numbers (as per 2014 US Census data)

  • 72 million* The estimated number of fathers across the nation.
  • 29 million* The number of fathers who are also grandfathers.
  • 24 million The number of fathers living in married-couple family groups with children younger than age 18 in 2019.
  • 2 million The number of single fathers (without a spouse or partner present) in 2019 living with their children under age 18;
  • 18 percent of single parents were men.
  • 191,000 The estimated number of stay-at-home dads in 2019

Gift Ideas for Dad

  • 21,000 – The number of sporting goods stores in 2017. These stores are good places to purchase traditional gifts for dads, such as fishing rods and golf clubs.
  • 15,000 – The number of hardware stores in 2017, a place to buy hammers, wrenches, screwdrivers, and other items high on the list of Father’s Day gifts. Additionally, there were 6,000 home centers across the country in 2017.
  • 7,000 – The number of men’s clothing stores across the country in 2017, a good place to buy dad a tie or shirt.


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