That’s the official figure from Churchill Downs; 2015’s remains the record year. Attendance during each of the preceding 10 years:
- 2015: 170,513
- 2014: 164,906
- 2013: 151,616
- 2012: 165,307
- 2011: 164,858
- 2010: 155,804
- 2009: 153,563
- 2008: 157,770
- 2007: 156,635
- 2006: 157,536
Always looking for a bargain, Boulevard bought a 24-pack of Charmin Basic toilet paper today at ValuMarket on Bardstown Road in the Highlands. Cost: $11.99, after a $1 savings for using our frequent-shopper card. Because we love numbers, that made us wonder how much Louisvillians spend every year on TP.
Here’s the math: Americans use an average of 23.6 rolls per person each year, according to The New York Times. Louisville’s population is now around 613,000 residents. Boulevard spent 50 cents per roll today, which we’re guessing is at the low end of the price range, since Charmin Basic is a no-frills brand.
The bottom line: 613,000 residents would use 14,466,800 rolls, at an annual cost of $7,233,400. You’re welcome!
Related: The history of toilet paper dates to the 6th century.