Alex Nelson

Did you know that turkeys have been around for almost ten million years? ????

First domesticated in Mexico, turkeys were introduced to Europe in the 16th century when William Strickland bought six turkeys from Native American traders and brought them to Britain in 1526.

King Henry VIII was the first English King to enjoy turkey meat, but King Edward VII made turkey fashionable for Christmas. Little did he know that the trend would catch on!

In the United States alone, 46 million turkeys are eaten each Thanksgiving, 22 million on Christmas and 19 million on Easter. It’s no surprise that Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, in a letter to his daughter, proposed the turkey as the official bird of the United States.

Now that you’re better informed about the history of the turkey and its cultural impact across human history, here are some fun and interesting data visualizations about Thanksgiving.

They leverage relevant data and showcase insightful graphs to shed light on the impact and influence that Thanksgiving has on people’s behavior and consumption habits. Enjoy!


1. Top Pie Recipe By State:

In the words of Jane Austen, good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness.

2. Most Uniquely Popular Google Searches During Thanksgiving:

While food, drink, entertainment, and shopping will still lead google searches, expect fewer travel-related searches in 2020…

3. Thanksgiving Dinner Cost:

Beautiful way to visualize your dinner’s worth, with nearly 50% of the average cost going towards turkey.

4. Turkey Production By State:

Strange correlation between turkey producers and key states that decide presidential elections.

5. Turkey Inflation Rate Since 1965:

The inflation rate of turkey edged up to 11.89 percent in October of 2020 from 11.75 percent in September, in line with market forecasts.


6. Thanksgiving E-commerce Revenue:

Thanksgiving weekend e-commerce revenue has grown 20% per year over the past 3 years. In 2019, Cyber Monday accounted for $9.4B of the $28.4B total weekend sales.

7. Adult Search Term Growth:

If you’ve made it this far, you deserve to see this chart. (Walmart?!)