Today, nearly two-thirds of people who are single and looking for a partner report that dating has become harder since the COVID-19 pandemic began, as many of the places where people usually socialize and meet partners were unavailable or limited. These challenges in the dating scene came in an era when more people are delaying or forgoing marriage already—although marriage and long-term commitments remain a goal for many single adults. To determine the best locations to move to if you want to fall in love, researchers calculated a composite score based on the percentage of adults that are single, the gender balance of single adults, the divorce rate, and the number of food and entertainment businesses per capita. Metros and states were then ranked accordingly.

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