The Safest and Most Dangerous States for Online Dating in 2020

Online Dating Safety map

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 victims3  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

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

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
  5. Federal Bureau of Investigation, “Cyber Actors Use Online Dating Sites to Conduct Confidence/Romance Fraud and Recruit Money Mules
  6. Federal Bureau of Investigation, “2018 Internet Crime Report
  7. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance 2018

Author -

Peter Holslin has spent more than a decade writing for Rolling Stone, VICE, BuzzFeed, and countless other publications. He graduated with a BA in liberal arts and journalism from New York City’s The New School University in 2008. Since then, he has roved from city to city and lived overseas, mastering his craft as an editor, staff writer, and freelancer while also acquiring ninja-like skills to address feeble Wi-Fi speeds and other internet challenges.

Editor - Cara Haynes

Cara Haynes has edited for HighSpeedInternet.com for three years, working with smart writers to revise everything from internet reviews to reports on your state’s favorite Netflix show. She believes no one should feel lost in internet land and that a good internet connection significantly extends your life span (buffering kills). With a degree in English and editing and five years working with online content, it’s safe to say she likes words on the internet. She is most likely to be seen wearing Birkenstocks and hanging out with a bouncy goldendoodle named Dobby, who is a literal fur angel sent to Earth.

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