Data in everyday life: Grilled or broiled, fried or boiled–hot dogs are a July phenomenon

Barb Cleary“A hot dog at the ball park is better than steak at the Ritz.”

At least that’s what Humphrey Bogart is said to have commented. With the summer season underway and ball parks in full swing, hot dogs at the ball park, on the grill, and in the lunchbox will help to celebrate National Hot Dog Month in July. And many agree that there’s nothing like a hot dog with mustard. Or relish or ketchup or smeared with chili.

Americans eat an average of 65 hot dogs a year. The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC) says that the proper etiquette for eating a hot dog is to finish in five bites (seven for a foot-long). Los Angeles consumes more hot dogs than any other city. These and other statistics generate as many smiles as the hot dog itself.

The summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day continue to make up the hot dog season, according to the Meat Institute. Hot dog producers estimate that an average of 38 percent or $614 million of the total number of hot dogs are sold during this time. How many packages of hot dogs (10 to a pack) did Americans eat in 2016? The data says: A lot. Here’s an SQCpack chart of 2016 data related to hot dog consumption in this country:

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