The Best and Worst States for Online Dating, Mapped

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Leon Neal, Getty Images

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.

Find the Best Wine to Pair With Your Favorite Halloween Candy

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iStock/vadimguzhva

When you're a kid, Halloween is all about the candy. Unfortunately, the more sophisticated palate that often comes with adulthood can dampen the former thrill of a holiday that’s largely about cheap scares and even cheaper candy.

Thankfully, the folks at Vivino, a popular wine app, have found a way to help elevate the Halloween candy game (and with it, your joy). Their “Halloween Candy and Wine Matchmaker” pairs popular candies, from Skittles to Swedish Fish, with wine selections, to make sure your many treats complement one another.

As Vivino founder Heini Zachariassen told The Huffington Post, "Our candy and wine matchmaker is a fun way for our users to learn and talk about wine in a way that feels relatable and fun. Besides, Halloween is scary enough, we don't think picking a wine needs to be."

The best news of all? Many of the wines and candies have multiple pairing options—which means you can try out different flavor combos faster than you can say “trick or treat.”

A Look at the Highest (And Lowest) Paying Jobs in Each State

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iStock.com/Steve Debenport

Job salaries are often a product of local demand, regional economies, and the education required. These guidelines don’t always hold true (some New York City-area sanitation workers can make in excess of $100,000 a year), but generally, the more skills a job requires, the larger the dollar amount on your pay stub.

The job-seeker advisors at Zippia have reinforced the point. Using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, they’ve put together a map of the highest-paying jobs in each state. And it’s not much of a surprise who’s cashing the largest checks.

A map displays the highest-paying jobs in each state
Zippia

Being an orthodontist in Alabama is apparently a great career choice; the dental specialists earn an average of $289,740 in a state where the median household income is $46,257 as of 2016.

Other health care providers—surgeons, oral surgeons, anesthesiologists, internists, dentists—make up the remainder of the map, with Florida, Maine, North Dakota, and Delaware rounding out the top five. The lowest white-collar salary was in Wyoming, where OBGYNs make a piddling $263,490.

Zippia also took a look at some of the least-financially viable jobs by state. In South Carolina, porters and bellhops make an average $17,810. In Nevada, casino dealers bring in just $18,000. But those numbers are rather misleading, as tips in service industries can usually offset meager salaries. The real problem comes in Iowa, where a movie theater projectionist can expect a salary of just $17,820. For more information on Zippia's findings, click here.

[h/t Zippia]

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