Looking for a Cheap Date? Try South Dakota

I guess this is kind of like a follow-up to my post the other day about “The Surprising Truth About Online Dating Apps“; you might call this one “The Surprising Truth About the Cost of Going on a Date”.

Match.com released the results of a nationwide survey that compared the average cost of a date in each of the 50 states of the U.S.

In order to best compare apples to apples, the hypothetical date consisted of a dinner for two, a bottle of wine, and two movie tickets.

The overall average for all 50 states was $102.32, but as you might imagine, there were tremendous disparities across the 50 states.

Not surprisingly, New York was the highest state, with the cost of a date working out to $297.27. The lowest was South Dakota, at a cost of only $38.27. That means a couple could go out every night for a week in South Dakota, and still spend less than a couple that goes out for one night in New York.

The survey also noted that the average single American spent $1,596 on dating per year.

If you assume that the cost of a date was split, then the national average cost of a date is $51.16 per person, which would mean the average person goes on about 31 dates per year.

For a New Yorker, that would result in spending $4,607 per year on dating.

That seems like a lot of money, but it could turn out to be the best money ever spent.

*image from Yahoo Finance

16 thoughts on “Looking for a Cheap Date? Try South Dakota

  1. I’ll take this as a sign, Jim. My wife and I are flying from California to South Dakota tomorrow. One of her favorite expressions is, “Good thing you’ve got a cheap date.” Ha-ha!


  2. Wow! I would say my husband and I have cheap dates compared to NY prices for sure! πŸ™‚
    Thinking the gas money to get to South Dakota would not make the date cheap anymore! πŸ˜„


    1. I think they tried to make the comparison similar – dinner, bottle of wine, and a movie – no matter where the date was. I guess dinner is really cheap in South Dakota!


  3. I have never been to the US, Jim. But if I am ever looking for a date there, this will be invaluable. πŸ™‚
    Thanks very much for following my blog.
    Best wishes, Pete.


    1. Hi Pete. Thanks for your comment. Yes, it’s always good to know where you can go for a cheap date.:) Look forward to reading your blog posts. Discovered you through the Smorgasbord site.


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