I wondered: given all this marriage data, what are the implications for singles?

Does the state of your dating life correlate to the state where you live?

According to D’Vera Cohn, senior writer for the Pew Research Center, “the data does provide clues” for where singles can and should be looking in order to increase their odds of finding an attractive mate.

In my role as “geo-targeted dating sleuth,” I uncovered some key trends and single-friendly spots to aid your search. The Midwest is more like a desert for single women…

With the highest share of currently married men, the five states where single women will struggle the most to find a date are: Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Utah and Nebraska.

“These are states where people tend to grow up, stay around and settle down,” says Cohen.

On one hand, it’s refreshing to see “sticky states” that maintain their hometown boys and girls. But thankfully, there are states where it’s raining single men!

But on the other hand, without the influx of new singles into the mix, dating opportunities for women living in these states are pretty limited. On the other end of the spectrum, these five states are loaded with single men: New York, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Alaska and the District of Columbia.

They’re literally all over the map, too, but at least you have diverse choices.

You could meet more educated, cosmopolitan men in the Northeast states (New York, D. and Rhode Island), or land a rugged type up north where the nights are long and there are fewer romantic distractions than you’d find in urban areas (Alaska).

Somewhere in between these two extremes, you could also try the southwest (NM), where, hopefully, the men are as hot as the food. If all your exes live in Texas, then maybe singles should avoid the Lone Star State.

Cohen wonders if singer George Strait was onto something when he sang, “All my exes live in Texas.” The numbers show that Texas is indeed home to more adults that have been married multiple times (i.e., three marriages or more) than any other state, which doesn’t exactly put out the welcome mat to singles looking for one love that’ll last a lifetime.

Something must be in the air down there, since the neighboring states of Arkansas and Oklahoma also “boast” (if that’s the word) high numbers of people who’ve been married and divorced multiple times. If you’re a single woman in search of an unattached man, then North Carolina should be on your mind your radar.

Worse, these multiple marriages correlate with having a low income, creating a double whammy! Red may be the color of roses and romance, but red states are not so lucky for singles. scores highest among all states for its share of educated singles that marry later in life and experience fewer divorces than national average. As I noted in my article, Best First-Date Spots in D. The higher incidence of couples marrying later in life indicates that you might have more time to date around before saying, “I do.” And despite the rap D. gets as being “Hollywood for unattractive people,” it scores high in employment rates, culture, and good-looking people. The state’s higher-than-average population of single men isn’t the state’s only attractive attribute. Singles might not find relationship gold in the hills of Nevada.