If you ask anyone nowadays how they met their significant other or the person they're currently dating, most likely they'll say online.

Match, OkCupid, Eharmony, Plenty of Fish, Zoosk, there are so many online dating sites to choose from if you're looking to find love.

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If you've been out of the dating game for a long time, jumping back in can be extremely scary.

Especially if this is the first time you're trying online dating.

You hear so many online dating success stories that always give hope to people who are putting in the work but aren't having any luck.

The biggest fear many have with online dating is whether or not it is safe.

PrivacyJournal.net did a study ranking the most dangerous and safest states for online dating in the United States.

Here's what you need to know.

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Most Dangerous & Safest States for Online Dating in the U.S.

New Jersey ranks as the 12th safest state for online dating.

Also, you're least likely to match with a sex offender in New Jersey with 50 offenders on the registry for every 100,000 people.

Here's how PrivacyJournal.net rated online dating safety.

  • Romance scams reported (20): The number of romance scams reported to authorities in each state.
  • Identity theft reported (16): The instances of identity theft reported in each state.
  • Fraud reported (16): The instances of other types of fraud (advance fee fraud, bad checks, phishing, online fraud of other sorts) reported in each state.
  • Registered sex offenders (16): The number of registered sex offenders in each state at all three risk levels.
  • Prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases (16): Documented cases of HIV/AIDS, syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea in each state.
  • Prevalence of violent crime (16): Documented violent crime in each state.

The states with the highest sums ranked the safest and the lowest as dangerous.

New Jersey scored 73.67.

Vermont is considered the safest state.

Nevada is considered the least safe.

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