The Best and Worst States for Online Dating, Mapped

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Leon Neal, Getty Images

If your online dating experience is more awkward than romantic, maybe you have geography to blame. An AT&T retailer called All Home Connections recently crunched some data on the online dating landscape, and let's just say we hope you aren’t trying to Tinder in New Mexico.

The southwestern state turns out to be one of the worst for online dating prospects, at least according to this methodology, which looked at dating opportunities, demographics, and safety. It took into account the state’s percentage of singles and gender balance, along with things like unemployment rate and median earnings, percentage of people with smartphones, data on whether or not people there say they are even interested in online dating, and the violent crime rate.

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According to this data, if you want to find love online, you should head to the Northeast: New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Maine topped the list. That may not be surprising considering the data that went into the calculation—those states have some of the highest incomes in the U.S., and fairly high rates of educational attainment.

By contrast, the lowest states on the list, New Mexico and Arkansas, both come out looking pretty bad by those standards. So if you’re not looking for a rich spouse with a bachelor’s degree, you might not necessarily agree with some of rankings. (Although those states also have some of the highest violent crime rates, so you might want to do a little extra online sleuthing to background check your dates before you meet up there.)

Here are the 10 best states for online dating, according to the data:

1. New Hampshire
2. Massachusetts
3. Rhode Island
4. Connecticut
5. Maine
6. North Dakota
7. Washington
8. Minnesota
9. New York
10. New Jersey

And these are the 10 worst:

1. Arkansas
2. New Mexico
3. Mississippi
4. Louisiana
5. South Carolina
6. Tennessee
7. Alabama
8. Oklahoma
9. Texas
10. Nevada

For those still struggling to find a Valentine, the map might be a little comforting, in a way. If you’re not finding the love of your life on Tinder in the South, know that you might not be the only one struggling. It’s not you; it’s the state.

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The Best and Worst Movies of 9 Oscar-Winning Directors

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A spotless track record is rare in Hollywood. The directors of some of the most beloved movies of all time have also directed some massive duds. Instead of looking at their entire careers, the graph below examines the work of nine Oscar-winning directors based on simply their best- and worst-rated movies.

To create their graphic, the brand comparison website Reviews.org judged the films of nine directors with multiple Oscars using IMDb. IMDb ratings are far from objective, but they can reveal how films are received by certain movie fans.

Steven Spielberg has the biggest gap between his highest- and lowest-rated films, with Schindler's List (1993) scoring 8.9 with IMDB users and 1941 (1979) earning less than six stars. Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven (1992) is rated 8.2 out of 10, but his film The 15:17 to Paris (2018) scored a 5.3 rating, the lowest-ranking movie on the graph. The director with the highest-rated film is Christopher Nolan, who's The Dark Knight (2008) earned nearly two full stars more than Insomnia (2002).

You can see the best and worst films of all nine directors below. Though there are some unpopular movies in this ranking, none would be considered the worst films of all time. For the most abysmal products to come out of Hollywood, check out this list.

[h/t Reviews.org]