WalletHub Study: 2018’s Best & Worst States for Singles


By Jack Barnes

With Valentine’s Day around the corner and more than 45 percent of all U.S. adults being single, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Best & Worst States for Singles.

To help unattached Americans improve their chances of finding love, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 27 key indicators of dating-friendliness. The data set ranges from share of single adults to movie costs to nightlife options per capita.

Best States for Singles Worst States for Singles
1 California 41 Oklahoma
2 Florida 42 Kansas
3 New York 43 Wyoming
4 Texas 44 New Mexico
5 Pennsylvania 45 North Dakota
6 Wisconsin 46 Kentucky
7 Massachusetts 47 Mississippi
8 Illinois 48 Alabama
9 Ohio 49 West Virginia
10 Arizona 50 Arkansas

Best vs. Worst

  • Louisiana has the highest share of single adults, 53.77 percent, which is 1.3 times higher than in Utah, the state with the lowest at 42.48 percent.
  • California has the most fitness and recreational facilities (per square root of population), 0.6093, which is 8.6 times more than in Hawaii, the state with the fewest at 0.0706.
  • North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate for the single population, 4.5 percent, which is 3.3 times lower than in Mississippi, the state with the highest at 14.8 percent.

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