Texas Named 6th Best State for Singles, New Mexico Not So Much
With Valentine's Day right around the corner, it's good to know that the Lonestar state is one of the best for singles. New Mexico's not so lucky.
Valentine's Day is next week and it's a time for people who are lucky to be in love to share sweet romantic things with their better half. For singles, it's a time of reflection, joy, sadness or in my case extreme happiness since the chocolate is going to be 50% off the next day.
Personal-finance website WalletHub recently did a new study to find out which state's are this year's best and worst for singles.
According to WalletHub,
"In states with low cost of living, your income might stretch a lot further, which means cheaper or more frequent dates, depending on what you value more — or your level of stamina. With a bit more financial leverage, on the other hand, you might appreciate a state with relatively more attractions guaranteeing new experiences for both you and your potential other half. But dating is also a numbers game, so a state with a higher proportion of single adults automatically improves your prospects."
WalletHub used 23 key metrics to decide what states give the best and worst for singles out there dating. These metrics include: share of single adults, gender balance of singles, online-dating opportunities, mobile-dating opportunities, online-dating participation, average beer & wine price, movie costs, beauty salon costs, haircut costs, median annual household income, housing affordability, job growth rate, overall well-being index, unemployment rate for single population, underemployment rate, restaurants per capita, number of attractions, Nature Parks and Other Similar Institutions per Capita, Fitness & Recreational Facilities per Capita, Movie Theaters per Capita, Music Festivals per Capita, Nightlife Options per Capita and crime rate.
Texas came out in the top ten of the list at number 6. New Mexico? Well, looks like they don't see them as the Land of Enchantment. New Mexico came out in the bottom of the list at number 45.
New Mexico came out in the top 5 of states with the highest shares of single adults, but when they looked at states with most online dating opportunities they came low at number 49. New Mexico also had one of the highest crime rates on the list, only coming in before the District of Columbia.
Here are the statistics for the state of Texas:
Dating in Texas (1=Best; 25=Avg.):
- 20th – Gender Balance of Singles
- 16th – Mobile-Dating Opportunities
- 24th – Median Annual Household Income
- 17th – Unemployment Rate for Single Population
- 22nd – Average Beer & Wine Price
- 21st – Movie Costs
Here are the statistics for the state of New Mexico:
Dating in New Mexico (1=Best; 25=Avg.):
- 21st – Gender Balance of Singles
- 37th – Mobile-Dating Opportunities
- 46th – Median Annual Household Income
- 32nd – Unemployment Rate for Single Population
- 8th – Average Beer & Wine Price
- 37st – Movie Costs