CNN: All Adults in America Went Shopping on Black Friday Weekend


cnn- CNN reports that practically all Americans went shopping over “Black Friday” weekend.

“A record 247 million shoppers visited stores and websites in the post-Thanksgiving Black Friday weekend this year, up 9% from 226 million last year, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation released Sunday,” the CNN reports reads. The headline reads: “247 million shoppers visited stores and websites Black Friday weekend.”

This would seem to mean, according to these statistics, that basically all Americans over the age of 14 went shopping this past weekend.

There are, according to the 2010 Census, an estimated 308,745,538 folks living in this country. Under the age of 5 years old, there are 20,201,362; between 5-9, there are 20,348,657; and between 10-14, there are 20,677,194.

That means, if you subtract those who are too young to shop, 0-14 year olds, from the total U.S. population, there are 247,518,325 people in this country. The number of people CNN reports who went shopping this past weekend.

So if CNN’s statistics are to be believed, that means everyone over 14 went shopping between the Friday after Thanksgiving and the Sunday two days later. That includes 4,371,357 who are between 75-79, 3,110,470 between 80-84, 1,913,317 between 85-89, 830,206 between 90-94, 228,669 between 95-99, and 40,397 over 100.

CNN’s numbers, however, include those who visited “websites.” The numbers so loose it could even include news website or the same person visiting multiple shopping websites.


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  1. Nope, not all. I didn’t go shopping. I didn’t even buy anything online. However, I think CNN is referring to commercial websites, not just any old website, so their numbers might be close to the mark. Also, you want to know how many of these people were just grocery shopping or buying things they would have bought even if it wasn’t Black Friday. However, spending money still seems to be our national mania. 2008 hasn’t taught us very much.