How Illinois Rates Among Best States For Dates

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Is Illinois a great state to find a date? We at recently took a break from our Illinois sports betting coverage to find out.

Using data from Google Trends, Statista, and Forbes Business, we created weighted rankings by which to rate each state for dating. used Statista to find the percentage of single-person households in each state, Google Trends for the average search volumes of inquires “date ideas,” “first date activities near me,” and “florists near me” by state, and Forbes Business for data on the average annual income for a single person in each state plus Washington D.C. Using all of these categories, we created the Dating Index.

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Best and Worst States For Dating

Rank State Dating Index (51 max)
1 DC 48.33
2 ND 40.67
3 RI 37.70
4 WY 37.67
5 AL 36.33
6 OH 34.67
7 NY 33.33
8 NE 32.67
9 IL 32.33
10 MN 32.25
11 PA 32
12 VT 31.70
13 MI 31.67
14 ME 31.33
15 MA 29.33
16 NH 29.25
17 DE 29.15
18 MO 29.67
19 WV 28.33
20 AL 28.50
21 SD 28.33
22 HI 27.67
23 MD 27.33
24 OK 26.33
25 WI 26
26 CT 25.67
27 AZ 25
28 VA 24.70
29 MT 24.67
30 NC 24.33
T31 NM 24
T31 LA 24
33 WA 23.75
34 CO 23.67
35 KS 23.33
36 TN 22.67
37 UT 22
38 NJ 21.67
39 AR 21
40 GA 20.67
41 IA 19
42 ID 18.67
43 CA 18.50
44 OR 18.33
45 TX 18
46 FL 17.33
47 MS 17
48 IN 14.67
49 SC 12.67
50 KY 12.33
51 NV 11.67

Illinois Ranks In Top 10 For Dating

Dating might seem hard to figure out sometimes, much like which wager you should place at Illinois sportsbook apps, but at least the Land of Lincoln is a land of opportunity for singles.

Based on our metrics, Illinois ranks ninth among the 50 states – well, technically eighth among the states because the nation’s capital, Washington D.C., is No. 1 in our research. Our measures rendered a 32.33 for Illinois in our index – or our dating rating, if you will – which was a solid placement among its Midwest competitors. Ohio was sixth and Minnesota was No. 10.

According to the list on Forbes Business, Illinois ranks No. 12 in average salary at $63,930 per year. And Chicago boasts some of the finest cultural institutions to be found anywhere, which is largely why Illinois museums are among the best.

Reasons Why Illinois Is Appealing

Depending on your idea of a fun date, Illinois probably has you covered. Are you both outdoorsy types? There are 135 state parks and other landmarks listed at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website.

Do you lean more toward the standard dinner-and-a-movie date? The website counts more than 200 movie theater complexes (with varying number of screens per location) throughout the state.

Want to take in a ballgame instead? Chicago is one of America’s great sports cities, with two Major League Baseball teams and franchises in the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Soccer. Plus, there are many minor-league teams in various sports throughout the state. And don’t forget to check for the best Illinois sports betting promos you can use – hey, if your date fizzles out, maybe you’ll at least win your wager.


Jim Tomlin is a writer and editor for He has been a journalist for 30 years, with experience at publications such as the Tampa Bay Times, Saturday Tradition, Saturday Down South and FanRag.

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