Ohio Apparently Is the No. 8 Best State For Singles

Personal finance website WalletHub looked at the percentage of single adults, online-dating opportunities, gender balance and number of restaurants to determine where singles can really mingle.

All the single ladies - PHOTO: HELENA LOPES/UNSPLASH
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All the single ladies

Whether you agree with it or not, the Buckeye State is apparently a real hot spot for single folks.

That is according to a recent study by personal finance website WalletHub, which, in addition to assisting with credit-related topics, spends a whole lot of time analyzing sets of data to determine rankings in a wide range of reports, like best places to flip housesmost sinful cities or best foodie cities in America

In honor of the rapidly approaching Valentine's Day, the site has done a little digging to find out where America's singles are thriving in 2021 (well, as much as you can thrive during a pandemic... in the winter). 

"Besides your looks, personality, interests and employment status, your location can influence your odds of finding a romantic partner," the study reads.

"Everyone has different priorities when searching for love, but certain places simply make dating easier than others. That’s especially true during the COVID-19 pandemic, as certain states are more impacted than others, though virtual dates have risen in popularity as a safer alternative to going out in person."

The study, released Feb. 1, evaluates 27 indicators of "dating-friendliness" when comparing the 50 states' rankings. The 27 indicators were divided into three main categories: dating economics, dating opportunities and romance and fun. 

WalletHub evaluated metrics like the share of single adults; online- or mobile-dating opportunities; states with fewest coronavirus restrictions; average beer and wine price; movie cost; restaurants per capita; and crime rate. 

Ohio is pretty far up on the list, coming in at No. 8, right below California.

What aids us in this feat? The Buckeye State is No. 5 in best gender balance of singles, No. 10 in most movie theaters per capita, No. 14 in most restaurants per capita and No. 15 for percentage of single adults. 

Florida lands in the No. 1 spot as the best state for singles. 

And the worst state? New Mexico. Not Alaska, which landed at 42. 

See the full list and methodology here.