Massachusetts Among The Best States For Dating In America

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With the dog days of summer in the rearview and the arrival of fall on the horizon, now is the time of the season for kindling relationships. Whether it’s due to the changing of the seasons or the chill of fall, the Bay State finds itself among the nation’s leaders when it comes to dating. As you can tell, BetMassachusetts.com is taking a brief break from Massachusetts sports betting to bring you this fun research item.

Using data from Google Trends, Statista, and Forbes Business, BetMassachusetts.com created a weighted ranking by which to rate the state for dating. We used Statista to find the percentage of single-person households in each state, Google Trends for the average search volumes of inquires “date ideas,” “first date activities near me,” and “florists near me” by state, and Forbes Business for data on the average annual income for a single person in each state and created the Dating Index. 

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Best and Worst States For Dating

Rank State Dating Index (51 max)
1 DC 48.33
2 ND 40.67
3 RI 37.70
4 WY 37.67
5 AL 36.33
6 OH 34.67
7 NY 33.33
8 NE 32.67
9 IL 32.33
10 MN 32.25
11 PA 32
12 VT 31.70
13 MI 31.67
14 ME 31.33
15 MA 29.33
16 NH 29.25
17 DE 29.15
18 MO 29.67
19 WV 28.33
20 AL 28.50
21 SD 28.33
22 HI 27.67
23 MD 27.33
24 OK 26.33
25 WI 26
26 CT 25.67
27 AZ 25
28 VA 24.70
29 MT 24.67
30 NC 24.33
T31 NM 24
T31 LA 24
33 WA 23.75
34 CO 23.67
35 KS 23.33
36 TN 22.67
37 UT 22
38 NJ 21.67
39 AR 21
40 GA 20.67
41 IA 19
42 ID 18.67
43 CA 18.50
44 OR 18.33
45 TX 18
46 FL 17.33
47 MS 17
48 IN 14.67
49 SC 12.67
50 KY 12.33
51 NV 11.67

Where Massachusetts Ranks Nationally

Massachusetts wound up ranking 15th out of 50 states and Washington D.C. in our survey, with a dating index score of 29.33. The state finished just behind several of its neighbors, including No. 12 Vermont (31.67 index score) and No. 14 Maine (31.33 score), with Massachusetts wrapping up one spot ahead of New Hampshire, which finished with a score of 29.25.  

Nationally, the best states to date (sorted by index scores) were Washington D.C. (48.33 score), North Dakota (40.67), Rhode Island (37.70), Wyoming (37.67) and Alabama (36.33). Conversely, the worst states to date in the U.S. by our metrics were Nevada (11.67 score), Kentucky (12.33), South Carolina (12.67) Indiana (14.67) and Mississippi (17).  

If you enjoyed this item, check out a few of our other research pieces, such as Is Massachusetts a Book-Loving State?

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Author

Christopher Boan has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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