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January 27, 2017

With Valentine’s Day just a couple weeks away, some New Jerseyans are still hoping to meet that special someone with whom to share chocolate, roses, and champagne (OK, we’ll admit it; we’re romantics). Finding that certain someone on the web could be a particularly promising approach, given that New Jersey has just been ranked the 10th-safest state for online dating, according to a new survey from highspeedinternet.com (HSI) and SafeWise.

To come up with their ratings, the two outfits analyzed the FBI’s cybercrime and violent crime rates per capita for each state, as well as the CDC’s reported cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea, which are the most common STDs in America. (Hey, we’re talking safe here.) Data was adjusted to account for population, and stats were then correlated with various demographic information from Gallup and other sources.

Near-neighbor Connecticut came in No. 8; Vermont was determined to be the safest state. Washington, D.C. (not a state, true) was ranked the most dangerous state for online dating. To quote the report’s compilers, “Don’t online date in D.C. Just don’t.”

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