Best Dating States

​The state you live in can definitely affect your chances of dating success, and not always in a positive manner.

Recent research coming from Japan indicates that men without girlfriends are an international dilemma shared by males in every corner of the world. While things here in the U.S. may not be as bad as the situation for men in Japan where it is estimated that 61.4% of single men aged 18-34 do not have a girlfriend and that 49% of single women in the same age range do not have a boyfriend, the reasoning behind the people without partners appears to be the same everywhere. When asked why they were still single most men will reply that “I don’t know how to start a relationship with females” or “I don’t want to lose my independence,” and the ever-present monetary reasoning that “I don’t have enough money to get a girlfriend.” The large numbers of available single men and women flies in the face of the fact that many studies have shown nearly 80% of singles say they would like to be in a committed relationship “if they could find someone suitable.”

Here in the U.S. however, it appears that where a guy lives has a lot to do with whether or not he can “find someone suitable” as the latest report from the Pew Research Center that crunched current data on marriage, divorce and single-hood found that the state you live in can definitely affect your dating life, and not always in a positive manner.

The Pew data suggests that Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Utah and Nebraska are states where people tend to settle down and get married. These Midwest states have the highest numbers of married couples and the dating opportunities for both men and women living in these states are limited because of those high marriage rates. On the other side of the coin are five areas with tons of unmarried guys looking for suitable partners. New York, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Alaska and the District of Columbia all have high numbers of unmarried men looking for partners. Those areas may present good odds for the fairer sex, but the men have the odds stacked against them. Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma present a different aspect of the dating game with the highest numbers of singles that have already been married multiple times, yet are currently still single. Multiple marriages are also equated with lower incomes, suggesting that failed relationships can be an expensive proposition.

The data suggests that all states are not equal when it comes to opportunities for dating and the number can vary within different locations in the states too. Utah, Wyoming, North and South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas have high numbers of couples who are already married by age 24, and none are great for single guys looking for girlfriends as a result. The good news is that states with large urban areas and the most job opportunities also equal better chances of finding a significant female partner. This makes places like Chicago, Illinois, Boston, Massachusetts, Los Angeles, California, and Atlanta, Georgia better for guys looking for committed partners. Despite California’s reputation as the divorce capital of the U.S., the state actually has a larger population of available singles and lower percentage of divorcees than the rest of the U.S. as a whole. California also has better weather and more job opportunities, making it the best state in the Union for single guys looking for girlfriends today. This brings to mind the old adage that “if you can’t move the mountain, perhaps you’d better move to it.”