2018’s Best and Worst States for Online Dating

Cara Fuller

Best and worst states for online dating

Haven’t met your match while online dating? Maybe it’s time to move.

Whoever said online dating is easy never agonized over the perfect profile photo, tried to write a clever bio, or dodged creepers, scammers, and catfishers. In today’s world, online dating is war—you never know who’s real or fake, and finger swipes and snap decisions determine fates.

But don’t give up hope! Before you resign yourself to a life of cats and knitting, read on. We at All Home Connections have a little tip: we did the research, and turns out that when it comes to online dating success, it’s not who you are—it’s where you live.

Our Methodology

How’d we determine which states are best and worst for online dating? First, we compared each state by opportunity, safety, and demographics. From there, we broke up each key component into relevant metrics, and weighed the percentages of each based on importance:

  • Safety Rank (weight: 25)[1]—violent crime and communicable diseases
  • Demographics Rank (weight: 35)[2]—gender balance, % of singles, % with Bachelor’s degree, median earnings, and unemployment rate
  • Opportunity Rank (weight: 40)[3]—owning a smartphone or computer, interest in online dating platforms, and online dating success rate

We then calculated the weighted average of the 3 indicators per state, and translated that to a scale of 1-51 to determine the best and worst places to find love online.

Best and worst states for online dating

Best States for Online Dating

Are you single and ready to mingle? We identified the most popular dating app in each state to make your life easier:

  • New Hampshire—Tinder
  • Massachusetts—OkCupid
  • Rhode Island—PlentyOfFish
  • Connecticut—Bumble
  • Maine—PlentyOfFish

Sounds like Maine and Rhode Island have it made—you can take your date from PlentyOfFish to go eat plenty of fish. It’s a win-win situation.

We’re definitely noticing an East Coast trend here—and with such a high concentration of universities, singles, and higher median earnings, it makes sense. If you’re not an East Coast fan, don’t worry—Washington and North Dakota aren’t far behind.

Worst States for Online Dating

Let’s discuss our list of the worst states for online dating, and the best app to use if you’re going to risk it anyway:

  • Arkansas—PlentyOfFish
  • New Mexico—eHarmony
  • Mississippi—PlentyOfFish
  • Louisiana—Bumble
  • South Carolina—eHarmony

These states ranked at the bottom of our list in all three categories due to lack of interest, lower percentages of singles, and higher unemployment rates. If you live in the Deep South and are dealing with slim pickings online, you might have more luck dating the old-fashioned way.

Moral of the story? Love is out there—just make sure you’re in the right place to find it.

Online dating state comparison

Online Dating Ranks by State

Final Rank

State

Final Score

Safety Rank

Opportunity Rank

Demographics Rank

1

New Hampshire

6.65

3

6

10

2

Massachusetts

7.75

22

3

3

3

Rhode Island

7.75

11

2

12

4

Connecticut

9.65

7

18

2

5

Maine

10.95

1

4

26

6

North Dakota

12.1

16

1

22

7

Washington

12.15

18

13

7

8

Minnesota

12.9

9

17

11

9

New York

13.35

28

8

9

10

New Jersey

13.4

8

25

4

11

Pennsylvania

13.4

20

7

16

12

Wisconsin

14.8

19

5

23

13

Vermont

15.25

2

15

25

14

Iowa

16.8

15

9

27

15

Maryland

17.9

39

16

5

16

Wyoming

19.65

6

27

21

17

Virginia

20.05

13

35

8

18

Delaware

20.45

42

10

17

19

Ohio

20.5

26

14

24

20

Nebraska

21.3

17

12

35

21

Oregon

21.4

14

29

18

22

District of Columbia

21.9

51

22

1

23

Colorado

22.45

24

28

15

24

California

22.5

35

23

13

25

Michigan

23.05

32

21

19

26

Illinois

24.3

36

26

14

27

Indiana

24.5

27

19

29

28

Montana

24.85

23

11

42

29

Arizona

29.15

37

20

34

30

Hawaii

30.25

21

45

20

31

Kentucky

31.3

10

37

40

32

Utah

31.45

5

51

28

33

Missouri

32.45

41

24

36

34

West Virginia

33.05

12

34

47

35

Idaho

33.15

4

41

45

36

Alaska

34.2

50

49

6

37

South Dakota

35.3

31

33

41

38

Kansas

35.5

25

46

31

39

Georgia

36.8

38

42

30

40

Florida

36.85

29

32

48

41

North Carolina

37.2

33

40

37

42

Nevada

37.4

47

30

39

43

Texas

38.9

34

48

32

44

Oklahoma

39.8

40

36

44

45

Alabama

39.9

44

39

38

46

Tennessee

40

46

31

46

47

South Carolina

41

43

38

43

48

Louisiana

42.35

48

47

33

49

Mississippi

45

30

50

50

50

New Mexico

46.6

49

43

49

51

Arkansas

46.7

45

44

51

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[1]Source: 2016 reports from: FBI, CDC
[2]Source: United States Census, Bureau of Labor Statistics

[3] Source: United States Census, Pew Research, Google Trends