Number of the Day: 524

February 14, 2013 | Number of The Day

New Jerseyans looking to buy a special bouquet for Valentine’s Day have 524 florists to choose from, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That might be less than one for each town but it doesn’t include the 2,531 supermarkets and 225 specialty food stores that might carry flowers this February.

On the other hand, those who want to find some handcrafted candies will have a harder time locating them in the Garden Sate, since there are only 139 confectionary and nut stores located here. But if you know your sweetheart is just looking forward to a big heart-shaped box of chocolates, the 1,561 pharmacies will likely have what you’re looking for. And if it gets too late and stores are closing, there are always the 1,438 convenience stores that are sure to have some kind of chocolate candy to bring home.