Kentucky Finds Itself In The Bottom Two States For Dating

Fact Checked by Nate Hamilton

Between making a good first impression, juggling the apps, and avoiding the creeps, there’s no shortage of challenges when it comes to dating. But as it turns out, where you call home may have a lot to do with how much luck you have out on the scene. And unfortunately, the Bluegrass state is among America’s worst places to try and find a date.

Here at, we decided to cover something other than Kentucky sportsbooks and find out just how bad it is for singles looking to mingle. To do so we created an elaborate ranking system to score each state using something we’re calling the “Dating Index.” First, we used the data website Statista to determine the percentage of single-person households in each state, and then we looked at Forbes Business to find the average annual income per state for a single person. Finally, we employed Google Trends to give us the relative search volume for the phrases “date ideas,” “first date activities near me,” and “florists near me,” and compared the results to other states.

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Best and Worst States For Dating

So based on our “Dating Index” where does Kentucky rank amongst the best places to date in America? Below is some information you won't find on Kentucky betting apps.

Rank State Dating Index (51 max)
1 DC 48.33
2 ND 40.67
3 RI 37.70
4 WY 37.67
5 AL 36.33
6 OH 34.67
7 NY 33.33
8 NE 32.67
9 IL 32.33
10 MN 32.25
11 PA 32
12 VT 31.70
13 MI 31.67
14 ME 31.33
15 MA 29.33
16 NH 29.25
17 DE 29.15
18 MO 29.67
19 WV 28.33
20 AL 28.50
21 SD 28.33
22 HI 27.67
23 MD 27.33
24 OK 26.33
25 WI 26
26 CT 25.67
27 AZ 25
28 VA 24.70
29 MT 24.67
30 NC 24.33
T31 NM 24
T31 LA 24
33 WA 23.75
34 CO 23.67
35 KS 23.33
36 TN 22.67
37 UT 22
38 NJ 21.67
39 AR 21
40 GA 20.67
41 IA 19
42 ID 18.67
43 CA 18.50
44 OR 18.33
45 TX 18
46 FL 17.33
47 MS 17
48 IN 14.67
49 SC 12.67
50 KY 12.33
51 NV 11.67

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It's Lonely Near The Bottom for Kentuckians

Bad news for lonely hearts, Kentucky is the second worst state to date. But if you do manage to score a night out, there’s no shortage of great date options throughout the state. For those in Louisville, consider taking your date museum hopping in downtown’s famous Museum Row. Attractions include the Louisville Slugger Museum and the Muhammad Ali Center. If things are still going well, maybe continue the evening with a stroll along the Waterfront Park on the banks of the Ohio River.

Singles looking for date ideas in Lexington can check out The Arboretum at the University of Kentucky. This carefully curated botanic garden blooms year-round and is sure to excite your senses. But if you’re looking for a more high-end experience, take a drive out to Kentucky Castle. Just 20 minutes from Downtown Lexington, the European-inspired castle boasts a highly acclaimed farm-to-table restaurant, guided tours, and a stocked wine cellar.

Nature lovers have a bounty of options to choose from when planning a romantic date on the outside, but if you happen to be near Bowling Green, the Lost River Cave is a jaw-dropping underground cave system that is sure to impress. What’s more, if things go really well, you can also get married there, as the site operates as a wedding venue too. One more date to consider — albeit a different kind of date altogether — is September 28th. That’s the day when online sports betting will officially launch across Kentucky. So although the state may be a tough place for daters, they can try their luck at betting by using's best Kentucky sportsbook promo codes.


Jeff Parker

Jeff Parker is a writer for A writer for film, television, and the internet, Jeff is a life long movie buff, with an actual Masters Degree in Popular Culture. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he works full-time as a documentary filmmaker and producer.

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