If you struggle with online dating, you’re not alone — but a new survey suggests that some states are better for online dating than others. All Home Connections, an authorized AT&T retailer, looked at the online dating landscape in every state and, based on a number of factors, found that some places were more suited to it than others.
They looked at 12 indicators — everything from how many people were single and interested in online dating to crime and unemployment rates. “To compile a list of the 12 indicators used, we first researched a compiled a comprehensive list of everything singles are looking for in an ideal partner,” staff writer and resident dating expert at All Home Connections, Cara Fuller, tells Bustle. “From there we narrowed that list down to what we felt were the most relevant qualifications. i.e., You want to date in a place that is safe, and that has a lot of singles who are educated, have jobs. ..It also doesn’t hurt if you can meet them easily on a dating app!” Of course, only you know what the most important qualities in a partner are for you, so if education level and job aren’t a big deal to you, take these findings with a grain of salt.
But there was a clear winner in the survey — and a clear group of winners. When it came to states that fit their bill, New England really dominated the playing field, with my home state of New Hampshire coming out on top. As for places where online dating was tough, it’s bad news for people in the south — Arkansas, New Mexico, Mississippi, Louisiana, and South Carolina came in at the bottom of the list.
So what made New Hampshire so great, besides its weirdly aggressive state motto? “Unlike the other states, NH ranked in the top 10 in each category—meaning that its safe, has plenty of singles who are worth dating, and probably on Tinder as we speak,” Fuller says. “NH was so consistent across all indicators that it made it to the very top of our list.”
Not only did they compile a list of the best states, they also provided the dating app that is most popular in each of them, so you know exactly where to start looking. Because if you’re in a state that’s great for online daters, you may as well take advantage of it and go where all the singles are.
“Our advice to anyone living in a good state for dating is to first identify the app that best aligns with their goals, and then to just put themselves out there!” Fuller says. “The apps are available and the interest is there, they just have to take advantage. That being said, we also recommend that they do their research — just because a state ranks well doesn’t mean that every person they meet will be worth their time. It does mean that their chances of meeting someone who is worth their time is significantly higher, so there’s no harm in going for it.” Here are all of the states that came out on top in the survey.
1New Hampshire: Tinder
For those at the back: NEW HAMPSHIRE IS THE BEST. It came out on top and the most popular dating app used in the “Live Free Or Die” state is good ole Tinder.
Massachusetts came second, probably due to a worse safety ranking than NH. But still, pretty damn good. And the most popular place Massachusetts daters turn to is OkCupid. So if you’re in MA, you might want to consider signing up.
3Rhode Island: PlentyOfFish
Rhode Island may be a tiny state but it packed a punch, coming in at number three on the list — with PlentyOfFish as the dating app of choice.
Connecticut ranked number four, but I’m sorry, Connecticut, no matter how rich you are as a state I will never be able to spell you without thinking about it for at least 90 seconds. And there may be some empowered female-loving happening in CT, because its most popular app was Bumble.
Finally, to secure New England’s dignity, Maine rounded out the top five. Their favorite dating app was PlentyOfFish — and there has to be a lobster or seafood pun in there somewhere, but I won’t put you through that. Not today.
If you’re not located in one of these states, don’t worry — dating apps can be effective anywhere. Just be honest about what you want and go for it. And if you’re in New England, well, you might find it a little easier to use. Get swiping.