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North Dakota one of the worst states for singles, online analysis says

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If you’re single and ready to mingle, you might have a tough time in North Dakota.

The state is the sixth worst place in the country for singles, according to a WalletHub analysis. It took last place on the website’s list for dating opportunities, restaurants per capita and gender balance for singles.

North Dakota also placed 40th for the share of single adults in the state (47 percent), 43rd for average wine and beer price, 36th for movie theaters per capita, 27th for mobile-dating opportunities and 22nd for online-dating opportunities.

The website looked at 27 factors in determining which states are date-friendly, though it gave more weight to the share of single adults, gender balance of single adults and online-dating participation than other categories.

Minnesota did much better in the study, ranking 15th overall. It ranked 12th for online-dating, 17th for mobile dating, 19th in beer and wine price, 10th for openness to relationships and sixth for movie theaters per capita. However, it had a lower share of single adults, pushing it to 44th place.

North Dakota got high marks in safety areas -- it took second for online dating safety, which was measured by the cyber crime rate per 10,000 residents. It also was 17th for crime rate.

Minnesota placed ninth and 13th in those categories, respectively.

The best state for singles was California, while Arkansas took last.

April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, and covers business and political stories. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family continues to raise registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college, she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as the Dickinson city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.

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