If you're looking for love, you don't have to cross state borders to do it!

Is it just me, or does it seem to be harder than ever for people to date in 2023? Though you'd think social media and dating apps would make things easier, the lack of in-person social interaction and rising inflation rates have only made things worse.

Happy young couple sitting in a cafe outside on a beautiful autumn day.

WalletHub has come out with their report of "2023's Best & Worst States for Singles", ranking the best places for someone looking to date in the country. They took many factors into consideration, like Mobile-Dating Opportunities, Percentage of Single Adults, and even Crime Rates.

Surprisingly enough, New York State faired exceptionally well on the list...

Overall Rank - 2nd

4th – % of Single Adults
18th – Gender Balance of Singles
23rd – Online-Dating Opportunities
• 22nd – Mobile-Dating Opportunities
• 17th – Median Annual Household Income (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
• 1st – Restaurants per Capita
• 3rd – Movie Theaters per Capita
• 14th – Crime Rate
• 7th – Percentage of Residents 12+ Who Are Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19

Erik Isakson
Erik Isakson

It's obvious when seeing these rankings, New York City plays a huge role in the numbers. Sure big cities may have more restaurants, but it is obvious that places like Utica have been losing restaurants due to inflation year-after-year.

Who ranked higher than New York? Here's a look at the Top 5!

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA skyline over Center City at sunset.
Sean Pavone

5th - Pennsylvania

8th - Dating Opportunities
31st - Dating Economics
5th - Romance & Fun

Metal Texas road Sign against sky.

4th - Texas

12th - Dating Opportunities
21st - Dating Economics
4th - Romance & Fun

wide shot of Latin young Man and Woman running through water on Florida Beach

3rd - Florida

4th - Dating Opportunities
36th - Dating Economics
3rd - Romance & Fun


2nd - New York

1st - Dating Opportunities
50th - Dating Economics
2nd - Romance & Fun

Downtown Skyline at Sunset. Los Angeles, California, USA

1st - California

2nd - Dating Opportunities
49th - Dating Economics
1st - Romance & Fun

With numbers close to California, maybe New York isn't a bad place to stay if you're looking to find someone for Valentines Day.

These Upstate New York Restaurants Are An Absolute Must Try For 2023

315 Menus is a group on Facebook focused on all of our amazing restaurants locally. You can post questions, reviews, photos, and if you're a restaurant you can post menu items, specials, and more. Recently someone posted the following question:

What local restaurant have you never been to that’s on your ”must go to” list for 2023?"

We decided to pick the top answers and present them to you. If there are others that should be on the list, text us on our station app:

11 Old Upstate Train Stations and Firehouses That Are Now Restaurants

The time comes in every small town in Upstate New York when they must look to giving up the ghost with their old train stations and firehouses. Time has passed these important places for the most part, and (in the case of the old firehouses), new, more modern ones must be built.

So, what to do with the old buildings?

Well, many communities have sold off their "old stock" of train depots and fire stations to private citizens who have breathed new life into the structures as modern, delicious, and very popular restaurants.

Here are some very old train depots and fire stations (some more than 150 years old), that
are now vital places in their communities, serving up delicious meals, a place for high-end cocktails, a venue for live entertainment, and more. And to the credit of almost each of these listed in this gallery, they have all managed to modernize these old buildings while leaving important nuances reflecting back on the DNA of their past, back to when the conductor used to holler "All Aboard" and to when the fire trucks barreled out the huge front doors answering the call in the neighborhood.

I think you will enjoy this list!

13 New York Restaurants Make List Of Food Networks Best Pasta In The Country

Food Network recently published a list of the "98 Best Pastas In The United States" and honored New York State with 13 shout outs. Even within that shoutouts, Syracuse and Upstate New York had 2 slots.

They broke the list down to specific dishes you can enjoy at these restaurants. Here's those restaurants on the list:

Dine Inside Enchanted Igloos at These Cool Capital Region Restaurants

You can still eat outside during the winter at these restaurants that offer enchanted igloos. There are three restaurants that are offering this unique and cool dining option. The Barrel in Bolton Landing, The Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls, and The Inn at Erlowest in Lake George.

Betcha' Didn't Know This! 17 Upstate New York Inventions We Are Very Thankful For!

New York can boast of being the home of literally thousands of inventions. Here is a starter list of 17 (more lists will follow).. And I can speak for everyone when I say we are VERY thankful for each and every one of these items!

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