Maine has the highest divorce rate (14%), matched with the highest search volume for dating apps like Tinder, Bumble, and more. On top of that, almost a third (31.2%) of Maine’s residents live alone.
Still, Washington DC is home to the most single folks: 44.8% of the district’s population lives alone. But DC seems somewhat content in its isolation; it had nearly the lowest interest in online dating (Hawaii had the least interest).
Plus, they say discussing politics during a date is divisive, which may make the nation’s capital dangerous territory for singles. According to SinglesinAmerica.com, 58% of singles believe it’s important to know a partner's political views.4
Compared to Maine, more of Vermont’s population is living alone (31.6%), but fewer are divorced (12.5%). And the sweetness the Green Mountain State is looking for isn’t found in maple syrup either: Vermont had the second-highest search volume for dating apps.
While there’s plenty of lonely people in these cities, are there plenty of fish in the sea?
Each of the loneliest cities featured had close to 30% of their population living alone and above 12% divorce rates. But maybe the trick to avoid loneliness is to be surrounded by people?
Some of the most populated states like California, Texas, and New York rank among the least lonely states. These states also had the lowest search volume for dating apps and divorce rates, so you might be able to fight off the floundering feelings of loneliness by stepping out into the big city (with proper social distancing and other COVID-19 precautions, of course).
However, more people doesn’t necessarily mean less loneliness: Florida, the third-most populated state, was the 11th loneliest city with a higher-than-average divorce rate of (13.2%) and 28.7% of the population living alone. (Is there something in the water down there?)
And you may be surprised to see Alaska on the least lonely list below. After all, the Last Frontier is one of the least populated states and perhaps the most desolate. But Alaska’s single household population and divorce rates fall below the national averages, and the state showed the third-least interest in online dating.
Where else do people seem a little less lonely?