The Best and Worst States for Online Dating in 2019

Cara Fuller

Before you resign yourself to a life of Ben & Jerry’s and Netflix, have hope: online dating is alive and well in (some parts) of the nation.

Let’s face it, times have changed. The likelihood of running into your soulmate grocery shopping or locking eyes across the dancefloor is slim at best. Creepy Guy waiting to make his move on Aisle 3 might say otherwise, but online dating has its perks—and, depending on where you live, might just lead to your happily ever after.

It turns out where you live has lots to do with online dating success. (If you live in a state with more cows than people, it might be time to mooove). Lucky for you, our team at All Home Connections looked into which states use which online dating apps the most, so you can get swiping, liking, and posting!

Online Dating Fun Facts

  • Compared to 2018, New Hampshire is still the #1 state for online dating, and also #1 for opportunity. 93.66% of New Hampshirites own at least one computer or smartphone and display the highest search interest in online dating apps.
  • Massachusetts dropped from #2 to #4. Minnesota, Colorado, and Washington rounded out the rest of the top five.
  • Four of the five worst states for online dating remained the same from 2018 (Arkansas, New Mexico, Mississippi, and Louisiana). South Carolina was replaced by Alabama, and Louisiana moved from #48 to #51.
  • Vermont tops our Safety Rank, the District of Columbia is at the bottom.
  • Colorado, ranked #3 overall, and #1 for demographics. Of its residents aged 18 and over, it has 100.02 males for every 100 females—the closest gender balance of any state and also one of only five states with more males than females.

 

The Method to Our Madness

We looked at nine different metrics split into three categories: Safety, Demographics, and Opportunity. Each metric was ranked, then ranks in each category were averaged. We then weighed the average rank for each category and added for a final score out of 100:

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

A higher overall score means a better state for online dating. Boom.

 

Online Dating Ranks by State

Final Rank State Final Score Safety Rank Demographics Rank Opportunity Rank Favorite Dating App
1 New Hampshire 2.9 3 5 1 Match.com
2 Minnesota 4.25 8 3 3 Coffee Meets Bagel
3 Colorado 8.2 25 1 4 Hinge
4 Massachusetts 8.8 20 4 6 OkCupid
5 Washington 9.4 19 11 2 Hinge
6 Vermont 9.55 1 6 18 Tinder
7 New Jersey 10.75 5 10 15 The League
8 Connecticut 12.6 12 16 10 The League
9 North Dakota 13.8 11 11 18 Tinder
10 Oregon 14.6 17 25 4 Hinge
11 Rhode Island 15.4 14 18 14 The League
12 California 15.5 38 8 8 Coffee Meets Bagel
13 Utah 15.85 6 9 28 Hinge
14 Virginia 16.35 14 7 26 Hinge
15 Wyoming 18.65 6 41 7 eHarmony
16 Iowa 19.05 14 17 24 Hinge
17 Wisconsin 19.45 23 14 22 Match.com
18 Hawaii 19.55 13 2 39 Tinder
19 Maryland 20.45 36 19 12 The League
20 New York 20.5 30 20 15 Hinge
21 Nebraska 20.7 21 11 29 Hinge
22 Maine 20.75 2 35 20 Hinge
23 District of Columbia 21.65 51 14 10 Coffee Meets Bagel
24 Pennsylvania 23.9 18 28 24 The League
25 Delaware 24.85 36 35 9 PlentyOfFish
26 Idaho 25.3 4 34 31 Hinge
27 Arizona 25.8 42 30 12 Tinder
28 Nevada 26.45 44 27 15 Tinder
29 Florida 26.95 27 28 26 PlentyOfFish
30 Kansas 27.1 26 20 34 Hinge
31 Michigan 27.7 31 33 21 Hinge
32 Illinois 29.2 38 22 30 The League
33 Texas 29.5 33 23 33 The League
34 South Dakota 30.45 29 24 37 eHarmony
35 Montana 30.75 21 26 41 Tinder
36 Ohio 33.45 24 43 31 PlentyOfFish
37 Georgia 33.8 34 30 37 PlentyOfFish
38 Missouri 35.6 40 32 36 PlentyOfFish
39 Indiana 35.95 28 37 40 PlentyOfFish
40 Alaska 37.1 50 44 23 Hinge
41 Kentucky 37.4 9 49 45 PlentyOfFish
42 Oklahoma 38.4 43 39 35 OkCupid
43 North Carolina 38.45 35 38 41 PlentyOfFish
44 West Virginia 38.55 9 50 47 PlentyOfFish
45 South Carolina 42.7 46 40 43 PlentyOfFish
46 Tennessee 43.7 40 46 44 PlentyOfFish
47 New Mexico 45.1 48 42 46 Hinge
48 Mississippi 46 31 51 51 PlentyOfFish
49 Arkansas 46.6 45 45 49 PlentyOfFish
50 Alabama 47.5 46 48 48 PlentyOfFish
51 Louisiana 48.45 48 47 50 PlentyOfFish

Get online and meet your soulmate (and count on reliable AT&T Internet for the best experience possible).