New York Among Loneliest States On Valentine’s Day

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But we also keep a close eye on the holiday calendar, and this month we decided to look at which states across the U.S. are the loneliest on Valentine’s Day and looking to find potential suitors.

Some small towns are lonely because there aren’t many people and there’s not much to do. That’s true in much of New York State, where local populations are small, homes are far apart and the closest ”singles” bar is, uh, nowhere.

New York City is the exact opposite. The Big Apple can be a lonely place to be, precisely because there are so many people and so much to do, including getting in on NY betting apps. It’s the big city reality equivalent of all the beautiful people on social media living their phony best lives. 

When you live in New York City, you’re surrounded by theater, concerts, sports, restaurants and parks. Staying at home, eating alone, then watching TV and turning in early seems like a crime against humanity.

There are so many cool people here doing cool things, why am I by myself doing nothing?

EmpireStakes utilized Google Trends to look at what states are searching for the most popular dating apps “Tinder,” “Bumble” and “Hinge” on Feb.  14 the past 3 years. After averaging out the data, we were able to finalize the rankings for “Loneliest States on Valentine’s Day.”

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Loneliest States On Valentine's Day

RankStateDating App Interest on Feb. 14 Ranking*
6New York18.7

*Ranking is an average of search volume over the past 3 years

Why Is New York So High On The List?

One reason New York came in as the sixth most lonely state is because NYC is a mecca for single people from all over the world looking to achieve the American Dream. Some are immigrants working multiple jobs, some are looking for their big break on Broadway, some are looking to move up from their first job out of college. 

But very few of the young singles have any money and New York is expensive. For them, living in the city is like being left at an amusement park with no tickets for the rides. That everyone around them seems to be having fun just makes their Ramen in a paper cup seem more painful.

Sure, they can take their Valentine’s date to a neighborhood pizza place and order a few slices with no pricey toppings, but the trendy Valentine’s hot spots are going to run them a few bills.

Add in two years of a pandemic, and many newbies to the city still working remotely, instead of meeting people at work, and you’ve got a lot of people desperate to connect on something other than Tinder. 

All in all, New York City can be lonely, but there is some comfort in not being alone in one’s loneliness.


Howard Gensler is a veteran journalist who’s worked at the Philadelphia Daily News, TV Guide and the Philadelphia Inquirer and is a founding editor of

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