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Mother's Day: By the Numbers

Anna Jarvis organized the first official Mother’s Day on May 10, 1908, in her hometown of Grafton, West Virginia, to celebrate her own mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis.

Years after Anna Jarvis held a campaign to establish the day as a holiday, President Woodrow Wilson made it official in 1914. 

Although you will probably not give your mother a gift as big as a national holiday, experts say you will likely spend over $150 to celebrate your mom.

Here's a look at other things to know this Mother’s Day: 

85.4 million - The estimated number of mothers in the U.S., according to the most recent data.

43.5 million - The number of women who are between the ages of 15 and 50 who have children, according to 2014 Census data. The women in this bracket gave birth to 95.8 million children.

411,011 - The number of women age 15 to 50 who have given birth within the past 12 months and were living with a partner without being married, according to 2013 Census data.

3 out of 4 - The number of adults who would spend time with their mom if Mother’s Day and Father’s Day were on the same day and they had to choose one parent to spend time with, according to a 2013 survey commissioned by in-home senior care company Visiting Angels.

3 in 10 - The number of Americans that will buy their Mother’s Day gifts online, according to the National Retail Federation.

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$21.2 billion - The estimated total spending expected for Mother’s Day in 2015, according to the NRF.

$173 - The amount of money Americans are expected to spend for Mother’s Day in 2015, the NRF reported. This is up $10 from last year and the highest amount recorded in the survey’s 12-year history.

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23,096 - The number of jewelry stores in the United States in 2013, according to Census data.

5.2 million - The number of stay-at-home moms in married couple families in 2014, according to Census data.

$25,000 - The amount of money you can pay Groupon to have one of the company’s employees stand in for you on Mother’s Day (there’s no word on the number of days it will be before your mother speaks to you again). 

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