The best states for love

Posted at 10:55 AM, Feb 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-14 13:56:12-05

Not everyone can be as lucky in love as Ray and Samantha Tejeda.

They met in a California night club, and after seven years of dating and a well-planned road trip, Ray popped the big question.

“She said yes, so she’s stuck,” he laughs.

California is inherently romantic, with its beautiful sunsets, ocean views and warm weather.

The state came in among the Top Ten in a 2017 survey of the best states for finding lasting love, but three other potentially surprising states took the top three spots: Mississippi, Utah and Wisconsin.

Dr. William Chopik, a professor at Michigan State University, studies human interaction. He says the quality and ways in which people approach relationships vary.

“There are some places that are a little bit more insecure with respect to the relationships and the degree to which they actually approach relationships,” Dr. Chopik says.

Chopik’s study suggests people living in states like North Dakota, South Carolina and New York may be less secure in relationships and more worried their partner might leave.

They also tended to be a little more distant and less intimate.

No matter your zip code, your state of mind may be key.

“I think being able to communicate with your significant other is the key to any successful relationship,” Ray Tejeda says.

Complete state rankings:

1. Mississippi

2. Utah

3. Wisconsin

4. Vermont

5. Alaska

6. North Carolina

7. Delaware

8. Minnesota

9. Oregon

10, 11, 12. California, Maine, Washington (tied)

13. Pennsylvania

14. Arizona

15. Oklahoma

16. Idaho

17. Florida

18. Montana

19. Hawaii

20. Louisiana

21. Virginia

22. Massachusetts

23. Illinois

24. Iowa

25. New Hampshire

26. New Jersey

27. Tennessee

28. New Mexico

29. Alabama

30. Arkansas

31. West Virginia

32. Georgia

33. Michigan

34. Nevada

35. Connecticut

36. Nebraska

37. Wyoming

38. Maryland

39. Texas

40. Missouri

41. Indiana

42. New York

43. Colorado

44. South Carolina

45. Ohio

46. Rhode Island

47. South Dakota

48. Kansas

49. Kentucky

50. North Dakota