Thanksgiving by the numbers

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Thanksgiving is a time for family and turkey. Take a look to see the sometimes surprising numbers put together by WalletHub about how Americans are celebrating their holiday.

46 million: Estimated number of turkey killed for Thanksgiving annually.

$780+ million: Amount Americans spend on Thanksgiving turkeys each year.

$17: The average cost of a 16-pound whole frozen turkey.

$49.87: Average cost of a 10-person Thanksgiving dinner.

83 percent: Percentage of Thanksgiving hosts who prepare a full meal without help.

100,000+: The number of questions answered by the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line each November and December.

4,500 calories: The average number of calories consumed on Thanksgiving.

10 hours, 41 minutes: The amount of time the average male would have to spend on a treadmill to burn 4,500 calories eaten during the Thanksgiving meal. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

70 percent: The number of Americans who say it's not a proper Thanksgiving meal without a turkey.

23 percent: The number of people who name stuffing as their favorite Thanksgiving dish, behind turkey at 39 percent. Other favorites are pumpkin pie (12%), mashed potatoes (9%), sweet potatoes (6%) and cranberry sauce, relish or jelly (3%).

64 percent: The number of Americans who plan to drink wine with their Thanksgiving meal. (Justin Sullivan)

96 percent: The number of Americans who say they celebrate Thanksgiving.

$289+: The average amount a person spends on Thanksgiving weekend.

154 million: The number of Americans who shopped over Thanksgiving weekend in 2016.

$5.27 billion: The amount spent online over Thanksgiving weekend in 2016. (Sean Gallup)

$28 million: Amount of property damage by fire to residential homes on Thanksgiving.

84 percent: Percentage of people who say they are most thankful for family health or relationships.

2: The number of turkeys sent to the White House each year.

2.65 miles: The distance of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade route.

1920: The first year NFL games were played on Thanksgiving.

2: The number of NFL teams (Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions) who have played every Thanksgiving since 1966.

50.9 million: The number of Americans that AAA forecasts will travel 50 miles or more for Thanksgiving.

89.4 percent: The percentage of Thanksgiving travelers who will drive to their destinations.

7.6 percent: The percentage of Thanksgiving travelers who will be flying to their destinations.

437: The estimated number of traffic fatalities each Thanksgiving weekend.

For a closer look at some of the numbers behind Thanksgiving, visit https://wallethub.com/blog/thanksgiving-facts/28332/.