See Where RI Ranks Among Best States for Singles

Monday, February 04, 2019


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RI is ranked 32nd best in U.S. for singles. PHOTO: Flickr

Are you single and wondering if Rhode Island is a good place to meet your significant other?

According to a recent study completed by WalletHub, Rhode Island is the 32nd best state in the U.S. for singles.

“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,” said WalletHub.

RI’s Rankings

  • 22nd Best - Dating Opportunities
  • 42nd Best - Dating Economics
  • 38th Best - Romance & Fun
  • 3rd Best - Highest Share of Single Adults
  • 49th Best - Fewest Movie Theaters per Capita


The Rankings

RI is ranked behind Hawaii and Vermont, who rank 30th and 31st respectively.

RI is ranked ahead of Montana and Maine, who rank 33rd and 34th overall.

Florida is ranked as the best state for singles, while West Virginia is ranked as the worst state for singles.

See the full rankings in the map below

Source: WalletHub

The Method

In order to identify the best and worst states for singles, WalletHub compared the 50 states across three key dimensions: 1) Dating Economics, 2) Dating Opportunities and 3) Romance & Fun.

WalletHub evaluated those dimensions using 28 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights.

They then determined each state’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its overall score and used the resulting scores to rank-order our sample.


Dating Opportunities – Total Points: 50

  • Share of Single Adults: Double Weight (~11.11 Points)
  • Gender Balance of Singles: Double Weight (~11.11 Points)
  • Online-Dating Opportunities: Full Weight (~5.56 Points)
  • Mobile-Dating Opportunities: Full Weight (~5.56 Points)
  • Online-Dating Participation: Double Weight (~11.11 Points)
  • Openness to Relationships: Full Weight (~5.56 Points)


Dating Economics – Total Points: 25

  • Average Beer & Wine Price*: Full Weight (~2.08 Points)
  • Average Starbucks Caffe Latte Price: Full Weight (~2.08 Points)
  • Movie Costs*: Full Weight (~2.08 Points)
  • Beauty-Salon Costs*: Full Weight (~2.08 Points)
  • Haircut Costs*: Full Weight (~2.08 Points)
  • Median Annual Household Income: Full Weight (~2.08 Points)
  • Housing Affordability*: Full Weight (~2.08 Points)
  • Job Growth Rate: Full Weight (~2.08 Points)
  • Median Credit Score: Full Weight (~2.08 Points)
  • Overall Well-Being Index: Full Weight (~2.08 Points)
  • Unemployment Rate for Single Population: Full Weight (~2.08 Points)
  • Underemployment Rate: Full Weight (~2.08 Points)


Romance & Fun – Total Points: 25

  • Restaurants per Capita: Full** Weight (~2.50 Points)
  • Number of Attractions*: Full Weight (~2.50 Points)
  • Nature Parks and Other Similar Institutions per Capita: Full** Weight (~2.50 Points)
  • Fitness & Recreational Facilities per Capita: Full** Weight (~2.50 Points)
  • Movie Theaters per Capita: Full** Weight (~2.50 Points)
  • Music Festivals per Capita: Full** Weight (~2.50 Points)
  • Nightlife Options per Capita*: Full** Weight (~2.50 Points)
  • Access to Bars Grade: Full** Weight (~2.50 Points)
  • Crime Rate: Full Weight (~2.50 Points)
  • Online Dating Safety (Cyber Crime Rate): Full Weight (~2.50 Points)

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