A new study takes a look at the best and worst states in the U.S. to be a single (as in unmarried) person, and Illinois gets a pretty decent grade.

The study, done by the outstanding numbers-crunchers at personal finance site WalletHub, breaks it down in several ways. Here's what they were looking for:

In states with low cost of living, for instance, your income might stretch a lot further, which means cheaper or more frequent dates. If you’re more financially stable, though, you might appreciate a state with more attractions to find 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.

Which states combine all of those qualities and more? To answer that question, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 27 key indicators of dating-friendliness. Our data set ranges from share of single adults to movie costs to nightlife options per capita.

As always, before I fill you in on Illinois' ranking, let's take a look at WalletHub's top 5 best states for singles:

1) California

2) Florida

3) New York

4) Texas

5) Pennsylvania


And your top 5 worst states to be solo:

46) Kentucky

47) Mississippi

48) Alabama

49) West Virginia

50) Arkansas

Here in the Land of Lincoln, our overall ranking is a pretty good one. Illinois comes in at #8 overall.

Dating in Illinois (1=Best; 25=Avg.):

  • 16th – % of Single Adults
  • 11th – Gender Balance of Singles
  • 19th – Online-Dating Opportunities
  • 15th – Mobile-Dating Opportunities
  • 5th – Median Annual Household Income (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
  • 6th – Restaurants per Capita
  • 11th – Movie Theaters per Capita
  • 22nd – Crime Rate

As far as being single in the Midwest, here are the numbers from some of our neighboring states:

Wisconsin is #6

Iowa is #28

Michigan is #12

Indiana is #22

Missouri is #16

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