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The Safest And Most Dangerous States For Online Dating In 2020

by Invitado

Bby Peter Holslin
Edited by Cara Haynes

Cupid will be working overtime this month, firing arrows into the hearts of Valentines across the nation.

But on dating sites like Match, Tinder, and Grindr, scammers and other nefarious characters may also be looking for vulnerable lovebirds.

To gauge the risk in each state, our team of researchers crunched the numbers to figure out which states are the safest—and which are the most dangerous—when it comes to online dating.

Maine is No. 1; Alaska’s still A-“last”-ka

Maine’s record-low rates for cybercrimes1 and sexually transmitted diseases2 (STDs) make it the safest state for online dating—beating out even Vermont, which was deemed number-one for online dating safety in 2018 and 2019.

As for Alaska, the Last Frontier has more cybercrime victims and more people with STDs4 than every other state, making it the most dangerous state for online dating. It’s now held last place in our reports on online dating safety for the third year in a row.

Soul mate. . .or catfish bait?

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), internet dating sites are hotbeds for “romance scams”—in which a con artist strikes up a bogus online relationship for financial gain.5 In other words, if a hottie with twinkly blue eyes messages you on Tinder claiming they’re stranded in Singapore and need $1,200 via international wire transfer, hit “Unmatch” and keep swiping.

According to the FBI’s latest report on internet crime, Alaska is especially hard-hit by romance scams like these. Cybercrime victims living in Alaska lost a total of about $3.6 million in 2018, which is frightening when you consider there are less than a million people living in the entire state.

Oh, Alaska. Better luck next year.

STDs on the rise

STD rates have spiked nationwide over the past five years, and many experts blame online dating sites for enabling easy hookups that spread infections faster.

Though Maine takes the lead in safety overall, West Virginia—ranked the second-safest state for online dating—is the least likely state for residents to get STDs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.7

Recognize the risks

The dangers of logging on for love haven’t stopped many online daters. One Stanford survey found that 39% of America’s hetero couples now meet on the interwebs.

Your true love may be one swipe away, but you still need to be careful to dodge any snakes out there. Take your own ride to the date, meet them in a public place, and ghost them immediately if they start messaging you about bank account info. Thank you, next!

Online Dating Safety Ranking by State

Rank State
1 Maine
2 West Virginia
3 Vermont
4 Kentucky
5 New Hampshire
6 South Dakota
7 North Dakota
8 Idaho
9 Nebraska
10 Iowa
11 Arkansas
12 Oklahoma
13 Indiana
14 Hawaii
15 Pennsylvania
16 Montana
17 Utah
18 Wyoming
19 Kansas
20 Mississippi
21 Tennessee
22 Delaware
23 South Carolina
24 Wisconsin
25 Minnesota
26 Alabama
27 Missouri
28 Michigan
29 Louisiana
30 Rhode Island
31 Texas
32 New Jersey
33 Illinois
34 Ohio
35 Oregon
36 Georgia
37 Massachusetts
38 New Mexico
39 Connecticut
40 Arizona
41 Florida
42 New York
43 Washington
44 Virginia
45 Colorado
46 Maryland
47 North Carolina
48 California
49 Nevada
50 Alaska

Methodology

We ranked states based on government statistics for STDs, cybercrime victims, and total funds lost to digital fraudsters in each state.

To boil everything down to our final ranking, each measurement was normalized on a 0–1 scale with 1 corresponding to the measurement that would most positively affect the final score and 0 corresponding to the measurement that would most negatively affect the final score. These adjusted measurements were then added together with the weights mentioned above to get a score of 100.

Sources

  1. Federal Bureau of Investigation, “2018 Internet Crime Report
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance 2018
  3. Federal Bureau of Investigation, “2018 Internet Crime Report
  4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance 2018

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