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The Best and Worst States for Online Dating, Mapped

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If your online dating experience is more awkward than romantic, maybe you have geography to blame. An AT&T retailer called All Home Connections recently crunched some data on the online dating landscape, and let's just say we hope you aren’t trying to Tinder in New Mexico.

The southwestern state turns out to be one of the worst for online dating prospects, at least according to this methodology, which looked at dating opportunities, demographics, and safety. It took into account the state’s percentage of singles and gender balance, along with things like unemployment rate and median earnings, percentage of people with smartphones, data on whether or not people there say they are even interested in online dating, and the violent crime rate.

A map of the U.S. with states colored on a gradient from red to white to show online dating prospects
All Home Connections

According to this data, if you want to find love online, you should head to the Northeast: New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Maine topped the list. That may not be surprising considering the data that went into the calculation—those states have some of the highest incomes in the U.S., and fairly high rates of educational attainment.

By contrast, the lowest states on the list, New Mexico and Arkansas, both come out looking pretty bad by those standards. So if you’re not looking for a rich spouse with a bachelor’s degree, you might not necessarily agree with some of rankings. (Although those states also have some of the highest violent crime rates, so you might want to do a little extra online sleuthing to background check your dates before you meet up there.)

Here are the 10 best states for online dating, according to the data:

1. New Hampshire
2. Massachusetts
3. Rhode Island
4. Connecticut
5. Maine
6. North Dakota
7. Washington
8. Minnesota
9. New York
10. New Jersey

And these are the 10 worst:

1. Arkansas
2. New Mexico
3. Mississippi
4. Louisiana
5. South Carolina
6. Tennessee
7. Alabama
8. Oklahoma
9. Texas
10. Nevada

For those still struggling to find a Valentine, the map might be a little comforting, in a way. If you’re not finding the love of your life on Tinder in the South, know that you might not be the only one struggling. It’s not you; it’s the state.

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The Origins of 36 Marvel Characters, Illustrated
Pop Chart Lab
Pop Chart Lab

No matter what their powers, every super hero has an origin story, from Spider-Man’s radioactive bite to Iron Man’s life-threatening chest shrapnel. In their latest poster, the designers at Pop Chart Lab have taken their infographic savvy to the Marvel Universe, charting the heroic origins of 36 different Marvel characters through miniature, minimalist comics.

Without using any words, they’ve managed to illustrate Bucky Barnes's plane explosion and subsequent transformation into the Winter Soldier, Jessica Jones’s car crash, the death of the Punisher’s family, and other classic stories from the major Marvel canon while paying tribute to the comic book form.

Explore the poster below, and see a zoomable version on Pop Chart Lab’s website.

A poster featuring 36 minimalist illustrations of superhero origin stories.
Pop Chart Lab

Keep your eyes open for future Marvel-Pop Chart crossovers. The Marvel Origins: A Sequential Compendium poster is “the first release of what we hope to be a marvelous partnership,” as Pop Chart Lab’s Galvin Chow puts it. Prints are available for pre-order starting at $37 and are scheduled to start shipping on March 8.

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The Most Popular Cocktail in Each State, Mapped
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Versus Reviews

Long Island Iced Teas are popular in many states, but New York (home to Long Island, its purported birthplace) surprisingly isn’t one of them, at least according to the team over at product review website Versus Reviews. Versus Reviews looked at Google search data from the past 12 months to see which recipes, garnish ideas, and other cocktail-related queries were searched the most in each state, and found that alcohol interests can vary significantly by region.

There was some agreement, as you can see from the map below. Long Island Iced Teas and Whiskey Sours seem to reign supreme for many cocktail enthusiasts across America. Drinkers in six states—including Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming—seem to be sweet on Whiskey Sours, while Long Island Iced Teas topped the search results in Connecticut, Iowa, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania.

These bar drinks weren’t the only cocktails to make the cut. Boozy brunch treats proved the most popular in nine states, including Maryland (Mimosas), Tennessee (Tequila Sunrises), and Minnesota (Bloody Marys). Meanwhile, in Southern states like Alabama and Kentucky, drinkers tend to stick with traditional Mint Juleps, according to search data.

Check out the map below to see which cocktail dominated search results in your state.

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