Sex & Relationships

Looking For Love? The Top 5 U.S. States To Date For Single Moms and Dads

Study: Single fathers have an online dating advantage over single mothers, regardless of location.

Once upon a time, being a ‘single parent’ often meant limited dating opportunities.  But thanks to a shift in societal attitudes and technology, more single parents than ever are turning to online dating sites in a bid to find romance again.

Yet, according to global online dating site,, certain U.S. states offer a greater pool of dating opportunities for single moms and dads over others, with residence (and sadly gender) playing a significant factor in dating success.

After compiling data from 160,000 profiles, AYI found that while most single mothers reside in Idaho, New Hampshire and Wyoming (comprising 80 percent of members) the state that was considered to be the best place to be a single mom was none other than New Mexico.  There, single moms have a 19 percent chance of being contacted by a man online, followed by Rhode Island, Arizona, California and Georgia.

So what about single dads? Well, according to the study sample of 85,000 profiles, most single dads reside in Wyoming and Maine.  But, the greatest hot spot to be a single dad is…ummm, pretty much anywhere in the United States! Say what?

Yep, that’s right, online response rates for men with kids were actually higher than those without children in 38 of the 50 states, with the best states to be a single dad: Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, Louisiana and New York. The worst states for single dads? Maine, Alabama and Vermont where chances of finding love are much less, while the worst three states for women are South Dakota, North Dakota and Alaska.

As far as cities go, single moms in Miami have the greatest chance of being contacted online, which ironically has the lowest odds for single dads to find love.  

Still, the statistics show single dads have a huge advantage over single moms when it comes to online dating as cities embrace single fathers far more than single mothers who find it tougher, particularly in superficial larger cities. This is despite the fact that 50 percent of single moms said they were looking for something casual over a relationship.  

Alas, that damn patriarchy strikes again!



Jodie Gummow is a senior fellow and staff writer at AlterNet.


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