By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Wyoming is still being ranked as one of the worst states for dating, but at least we have moved up about three spots since the last report.
In a ranking of the best states for dating by personal finance website Wallethub, Wyoming came in 43rd in the nation, three spots higher than the 46th-place ranking the state had in July.
Wyoming’s ranking at 43rd was due to the lack of single adults, its few restaurants per capita and low online/mobile dating opportunities.
We did manage to beat other states like Kentucky, Hawaii and North Dakota. New Mexico came in dead last, so at least we’re faring better than them, right?
West Virginia was the worst in the last ranking, but they managed to move up one spot to 49.
The state that’s considered the best for singles is Florida, a state filled with alligators, weird crimes and unaffordable theme parks. Whatever, we’re not bitter.
WalletHub compared the 50 states across 27 key indicators of dating-friendliness, ranging from the share of single adults to online-dating opportunities to coronavirus restrictions.
“There are different needs to balance and prioritize. You want to go somewhere you will enjoy, meet people, and be able to afford. From a social and dating standpoint, look for places where you can find people like you,” Colorado State University assistant psychology professor Rachel E. Brenner told Wallethub. “From a financial standpoint, pay attention to the cost of living. Depending on how long you plan to live in the area, consider the housing marking and how fast housing prices are rising. Saving for a down payment on a house or townhome as a single person can take time.”
In December, WalletHub said an average date can cost up to $100, but Wyoming (thankfully) doesn’t see those high prices.
In a ranking of the best cities in the United States for singles, Cheyenne and Casper came in at 29th and 68th place, respectively, because of the low cost of activities.
So basically, we can do fun things cheaply, we just don’t have anything fun to do or anyone to enjoy it with.