With Valen­tine’s Day com­ing up, where does state rank for sin­gles?

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Rex Crum

Now that the Su­per Bowl is over, mil­lions of Amer­i­cans can turn their at­ten­tions to the next big day in Fe­bru­ary that they should prob­a­bly have cir­cled on their cal­en­dars by now: Valen­tine’s Day.

Some call it the big­gest date night of the year. For many peo­ple who are sin­gle, what they do on Valen­tine’s Day can sym­bol­ize the best and worst things about be­ing sin­gle in the par­tic­u­lar area when they live.

And when it comes to Cal­i­for­nia, a new study says it’s one of the best states in the coun­try for those who are sin­gle.

Ac­cord­ing to data from per­sonal fi­nance web­site Wal­letHub, Cal­i­for­nia is the sec­ond-best state in the United States for sin­gles. To de­ter­mine its rank­ings, Wal­letHub eval­u­ated fac­tors such as dat­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, the eco­nom­ics of dat­ing and a cat­e­gory called “ro­mance and fun.” Items that were eval­u­ated in­cluded on­line and mo­bile dat­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, me­dian an­nual house­hold in­come and job growth rate.

Di­ana Sanchez, a pro­fes­sor at Rut­gers Univer­sity, in New Jersey who par­tic­i­pated in the Wal­letHub study, said for sin­gles look­ing for a prospec­tive part­ner, it’s best to con­sider a lo­ca­tion where the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple share one’s sim­i­lar likes and be­liefs.

And when it comes to Cal­i­for­nia, a new study says it’s one of the best states in the coun­try for those who are sin­gle.

“If you care about a cer­tain cause, life­styles, or po­lit­i­cal at­ti­tudes, you should live in a place that re­flects those val­ues or has ac­cess to those life­styles be­cause it will be eas­ier to find some­one who shares your pas­sion,” Sanchez said.

Cal­i­for­nia trailed only Florida in the study’s over­all rank­ings. Af­ter Florida and Cal­i­for­nia, the rest of the 10 best states for sin­gles were Texas, New York, Penn­syl­va­nia, Ohio, Illi­nois, Wis­con­sin, Mas­sachusetts and Michi­gan.

Cal­i­for­nia came in ninth place in terms of hav­ing the high­est per­cent­age of sin­gle adults in the coun­try, and was tied for first place with sev­eral other states for ac­tiv­i­ties per capita such as movie the­aters and places for ac­ti­tivies such as most movie the­aters and most restau­rants per capita.

The bot­tom 10 states for sin­gles, ac­cord­ing the study, were Mis­sis­sippi, Alabama, Alaska, Ken­tucky, Kansas, Wy­oming, New Mex­ico, North Dakota, Arkansas and West Vir­ginia.

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