WASHINGTON, May 3 (UPI) -- There are now nearly as many American mothers as there were Americans back in 1908 when Mother's Day was first observed, Census figures show.
The Census Bureau said in a release Monday that there were 82.8 million U.S. mothers in 2004, the latest year for which figures are available. In 1908 when Anna Jarvis organized the first Mother's Day observances in Grafton, W.Va., and Philadelphia, there were an estimated 89 million people in the United States.
Census Bureau statistics show 55 percent of women age 15-44 and 80 percent of women 40-44 were mothers in 2006. The number of births per woman in the United States was 2.1 in 2007.
Mother's Day is Sunday, May 9. If you are thinking about getting your mother flowers, the Census Bureau says there are nearly 20,000 flower shops across the country ready to serve you.