25 best states for singles

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February 5, 2018
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Best states for singles

Dating in the digital age isn’t easy, but living in a single-friendly location can surely help. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 45 percent of Americans over 18 are unmarried — which means the bigger the pool in your area, the better your chances of finding a special someone. But sheer volume of singles isn’t the only factor that makes for a great dating scene. Economic factors, like whether people are able to spend money on activities you’d normally do on a date, and, of course, whether those activities are relatively affordable play key roles.

As a resource for those looking to navigate the 21st-century dating landscape, Stacker adopted WalletHub’s 2017 Best and Worst Cities for Singles which ranks the 50 states and the District of Columbia “across 23 key indicators of dating-friendliness.” These indicators included factors ranging from the average cost of a cocktail, to the number of nightlife options per capita and the share of the population that is single. Read on to discover the 25 best spots for singles across the U.S.

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#25. Idaho

Total score: 44.3

‘Dating opportunities’ rank: #26

‘Dating Economics’ Rank: #10

‘Romance & Fun’ Rank: #23

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#24. Arizona

Total score: 44.3

‘Dating opportunities’ rank: #11

‘Dating Economics’ Rank: #19

‘Romance & Fun’ Rank: #47

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#23. Pennsylvania

Total score: 44.7

‘Dating opportunities’ rank: #15

‘Dating Economics’ Rank: #35

‘Romance & Fun’ Rank: #20

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#22. Oregon

Total score: 44.9

‘Dating opportunities’ rank: #19

‘Dating Economics’ Rank: #50

‘Romance & Fun’ Rank: #4

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#21. Iowa

Total score: 45.2

‘Dating opportunities’ rank: #38

‘Dating Economics’ Rank: #4

‘Romance & Fun’ Rank: #18

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#20. Illinois

Total score: 45.5

‘Dating opportunities’ rank: #8

‘Dating Economics’ Rank: #49

‘Romance & Fun’ Rank: #30

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#19. Nebraska

Total score: 45.9

‘Dating opportunities’ rank: #35

‘Dating Economics’ Rank: #5

‘Romance & Fun’ Rank: #14

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#18. New Hampshire

Total score: 45.9

‘Dating opportunities’ rank: #32

‘Dating Economics’ Rank: #15

‘Romance & Fun’ Rank: #7

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#17. Vermont

Total score: 46.0

‘Dating opportunities’ rank: #40

‘Dating Economics’ Rank: #37

‘Romance & Fun’ Rank: #1

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#16. New York

Total score: 46.4

‘Dating opportunities’ rank: #5

‘Dating Economics’ Rank: #51

‘Romance & Fun’ Rank: #11

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#15. North Dakota

Total score: 47.3

‘Dating opportunities’ rank: #37

‘Dating Economics’ Rank: #1

‘Romance & Fun’ Rank: #10

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#14. Minnesota

Total score: 47.4

‘Dating opportunities’ rank: #16

‘Dating Economics’ Rank: #8

‘Romance & Fun’ Rank: #25

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#13. Wisconsin

Total score: 47.7

‘Dating opportunities’ rank: #21

‘Dating Economics’ Rank: #11

‘Romance & Fun’ Rank: #9

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#12. Wyoming

Total score: 48.2

‘Dating opportunities’ rank: #34

‘Dating Economics’ Rank: #6

‘Romance & Fun’ Rank: #5

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#11. Utah

Total score: 48.5

‘Dating opportunities’ rank: #12

‘Dating Economics’ Rank: #2

‘Romance & Fun’ Rank: #45

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#10. Florida

Total score: 48.5

‘Dating opportunities’ rank: #6

‘Dating Economics’ Rank: #40

‘Romance & Fun’ Rank: #26

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#9. Washington, D.C.

Total score: 48.6

‘Dating opportunities’ rank: #9

‘Dating Economics’ Rank: #46

‘Romance & Fun’ Rank: #6

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#8. Nevada

Total score: 48.6

‘Dating opportunities’ rank: #7

‘Dating Economics’ Rank: #44

‘Romance & Fun’ Rank: #19

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#7. Hawaii

Total score: 48.7

‘Dating opportunities’ rank: #10

‘Dating Economics’ Rank: #16

‘Romance & Fun’ Rank: #28

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#6. Texas

Total score: 50.5

‘Dating opportunities’ rank: #3

‘Dating Economics’ Rank: #17

‘Romance & Fun’ Rank: #42

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#5. South Dakota

Total score: 51.2

‘Dating opportunities’ rank: #24

‘Dating Economics’ Rank: #3

‘Romance & Fun’ Rank: #8

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#4. Montana

Total score: 52.4

‘Dating opportunities’ rank: #22

‘Dating Economics’ Rank: #9

‘Romance & Fun’ Rank: #2

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#3. California

Total score: 52.8

‘Dating opportunities’ rank: #1

‘Dating Economics’ Rank: #48

‘Romance & Fun’ Rank: #27

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#2. Colorado

Total score: 55.4

‘Dating opportunities’ rank: #4

‘Dating Economics’ Rank: #7

‘Romance & Fun’ Rank: #13

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#1. Washington

Total score: 55.7

‘Dating opportunities’ rank: #2

‘Dating Economics’ Rank: #30

‘Romance & Fun’ Rank: #16

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