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Report: Wyoming Still One of the Worst States For Singles

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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.

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Report: Wyoming Still Not A Great Place For Singles, But Our Dinners Are Cheap

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

We’ve already reported that Wyoming isn’t a great place for dating, but if you’re single in the Cowboy State, we do have some good news for you.

You won’t be spending a lot of money on dinner, according to personal finance website WalletHub. According to WalletHub, an average date can cost up to $100, but Wyoming (thankfully) doesn’t see those high prices.

In a recent ranking of the best cities in the United States for singles, Cheyenne and Casper came in at 29th and 68th place, respectively.

Casper and Cheyenne managed to rank well because fun events cost less than the national average, although both lost points due to a lack of singles and fun events.

So basically, we can do fun things for cheap, we just don’t have anything fun to do or anyone to enjoy it with.

Madison, Wisconsin, was ranked number one, but western cities Denver and Salt Lake City were ranked numbers three and four, respectively.

WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities across 32 key indicators of dating-friendliness, ranging from the share of the population that is single to the number of online dating opportunities to the average price for a two-person meal.

It could have been worse though. Casper or Cheyenne could have been like Glendale, California, which came in dead last at number 182.

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Wyoming Has Fifth Fewest Coronavirus Restrictions In Country

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming has moved down one spot in an updated ranking of the states with the fewest coronavirus restrictions.

Wyoming is now at fifth place, down from being tied fourth with Idaho in August, according to personal finance website WalletHub. South Dakota again ranked first, with the fewest restrictions in the nation.

Hawaii is now the state with the most coronavirus restrictions in the United States, just beating out the state previously ranked as having the most restrictions, California.

Wyoming is ranked so high in the list due to it having the least virus restrictions when it came to workplace temperature screenings, travel restrictions, strictness of a shelter-in-place order (there has been none issued in Wyoming), the speed with which it allowed for the reopening non-essential businesses and for the lack of working from home requirements/recommendations.

Wyoming was second when it came to how fast restaurants and bars reopened. The state was sixth when it came to requiring the use of face masks in public, 15th for large gathering restrictions and 18th for guidance on customer health checks at restaurants.

Since May, Wyoming has regularly placed in the top 10 for states with the fewest restrictions, with August being the highest ranking so far.

WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 17 key metrics, ranging from whether restaurants have reopened to whether the state has required face masks in public and workplace temperature screenings.

However, it was noted that although Wyoming has some of the fewest restrictions, the state also has one of the lowest death counts.

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Study: Wyoming Has 47th Lowest Vaccination Rate In Country

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming has some of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, according to a recent study.

Personal finance website WalletHub recently ranked all of the states and the District of Columbia for their vaccination rates. The data ranged from the share of vaccinated children and the share of people without health insurance to the presence of reported measles outbreaks.

Wyoming was ranked 47th in the entire country for its overall vaccination rates, due to its low rates among both children and adults. Wyoming had the lowest flu vaccination rates among children under 17 in the entire nation.

The state also had one of the lowest shares of teenagers with an up-to-date HPV vaccination, coming in 49th of 51 states. It ranked the same when it came to teens getting the meningococcal ACWY vaccine.

Wyoming also had the 48th lowest flu vaccination coverage rate among adults.

Mississippi came in at 51st on the ranking. Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire took the top three spots.

WalletHub did the study in light of more information being released regarding a possible coronavirus vaccine. According to a Gallup poll, 35% of Americans would not get a coronavirus vaccine, even if it were free.

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Wyoming Ranked One Of America’s Least Diverse States

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

A recent study concluded that Wyoming is one of America’s least diverse states in terms of items such as cultures, economic statuses and educational backgrounds.

Personal finance website WalletHub recently studied all 50 states to determine where what it called “idea and identity exchanges” have occurred at the highest level in the United States. WalletHub’s findings are based on scores in six categories: socio-economic, cultural, economic, household, religious and political diversity.

Wyoming was ranked 41st in the country for diversity, just below Indiana at number 40 and above Utah at 42.

West Virginia was considered the least diverse state in the country.

Wyoming’s low ranking came in spite of its second-place ranking for economic diversity, which looked at the various industries, occupational diversity and worker-class diversity.

However, Wyoming came in 47th for household diversity, which looked at residents’ marital status, household types, generational divides and household sizes.

Wyoming ranked in the lower 30s or high 40s for socio-economic, cultural, religious and political diversity.

California, Texas and Hawaii were ranked as the three most diverse states in the nation.

The U.S. Census Bureau has predicted that the entire population will no longer have a single ethnic majority, currently non-Hispanic whites, by 2044. The minority population is projected to rise to 56% of the total in 2060, compared with 38% in 2014.

“Living in a diverse state provides a variety of opportunities for growth in almost every sector from education to cultural awareness and economic mobility,” University of California – San Diego professor Andrew Jolivette told WalletHub. “One of the challenges of living in a diverse state is that it is often more costly to secure housing in states like New York and California at an affordable rate.”

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Wyoming Considered One Of America’s Hardest-Working States

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming is considered the nation’s third hardest-working state, according to a recent study.

Personal finance website WalletHub recently ranked all 50 states on how hard their employees work, and Wyoming came in third behind North Dakota and Alaska, respectively.

WalletHub compared the 50 states across 10 key indicators, ranging from average work week hours to the share of workers with multiple jobs to annual volunteer hours per resident.

Wyoming had the third-highest average work week hours and the lowest average leisure time spent per day (although Wyoming tied with Montana for that one).

The state also ranked 13th when it came to its share of workers with multiple jobs and 24th for annual volunteer hours per resident.

West Virginia was ranked as the least hard-working.

The average American only uses 54% of their available vacation time, according to WalletHub.

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Wyoming Ranked 48th In The Nation For Women’s Equality

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

In an ironic twist, the Equality State is considered one of the worst states in the country when it comes to women’s equality.

According to a recent study by personal finance website WalletHub, women have been laid off at a greater rate than men and are being re-employed more slowly. The share of the workforce that is female is at its lowest point since 2008.

WalletHub compared the 50 states across 17 indicators of gender equality, ranging from the gap between female and male executives to the disparity in unemployment rates for women and men.

Wyoming ranked 48th in the nation, just beating out Idaho and Utah, respectively. The state had the largest income gap between men and women, but the smallest gap between men and women in executive positions.

There was a large gap between work hours between men and women, but men were considered the disadvantaged.

“The solution is to revisit the distinction between the private and public domains and rethink the line between individual and social responsibilities,” Babson College professor Mary Godwin told WalletHub. “When health, education, and child care are considered public goods provided by and assessable to all citizens rather than private responsibilities, then women’s access to the public realm is closer to that of their male counterparts.”

In 2020, the United States failed to place in the top 10 or top 50 of the World Economic Forum’s ranking of 153 countries based on gender equality. The U.S. dropped to 53, down from its previous rank of 51.

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