Great news if you’re a dyed-in-the-wool jetsetter: in an enormous survey of over 325,000 singles, travelling has been voted the most attractive hobby in the United States.
Participants were asked to rank a wide variety of hobbies including comedy, cooking, health and fitness, charity work, photography, hiking, dance, water sports and many more, on a scale of one to ten. EliteSingles analyzed the anonymous data, and the results we have gathered show a fascinating differentiation across the United States!
Travelling soars ahead
Travel is the most attractive hobby in 48 out of 50 states – with the only exceptions being Vermont and Montana, who apparently prefer their pastimes more localized. In today’s world this won’t come as much of a surprise, with greater numbers than ever before jetting off into the sunset. It seems that singles right across the USA prefer a partner who isn’t averse to the occasional adventure in unfamiliar territories. And who can blame them?
We then went one further, and charted the top five states for travelling, by taking the states in which travelling had the highest average score on the 0-10 scale.
The Top Five Globetrotting States
The USA’s most loved hobbies
Although travel dominated the number one spot for most attractive hobby, the battle for second place varied from state to state. On the maps below, you can flick through the various states and find out which hobby is considered most popular and attractive in each state. From looking at the map you’ll notice that certain hobbies are very much consigned to certain areas of the country – for example, a large number of Southern states list music as their second favorite hobby, and coastal states like California and Florida tend to prefer fine dining.
Check out the results on our neat interactive map:
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By comparing the answers of every single in every state, we’ve been able to rank the states in order of how strongly they feel about a particular hobby. Take music, for instance. The states with singles most desperately seeking a music enthusiast are:
Top 5 Musical States
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
As for the movie buffs out there, the ones at the top of the pile are:
Top 5 Cinephile States
One trend that becomes apparent when ranking each state in order of their passion for a particular activity or pastime is the relative locations where each hobby is the most popular. Many states ended up appearing in multiple ‘Top 5’ lists, which could indicate something about the nature of people living there. Californians, for example, rank in the top five states for cinema fans, travelling, and fine dining!
Top 5 Foodie States
- New Jersey
- Rhode Island
Meanwhile, states like Rhode Island, Florida, Maryland and Georgia also appear in various ‘Top 5’ lists – and interestingly, all of these are coastal states. However, when it comes to preferring natural beauty in getting out in the great outdoors, it’s a whole different ball game, as landlocked states such as Montana and Idaho come out ahead.
Top 5 Outdoorsy States
Guys want a sporty partner, girls like a man of culture
We also found that women and men mostly share the same beliefs about which pastime are the hottest, with a couple of mutual winners being travel, music, spending time outdoors, cinema, and personal development.
However, the 174,000+ women surveyed showed a preference for a partner with a taste for more artistic and cultural hobbies, such as fine dining, concerts, and cookery. Men, on the other hand, seemed to prefer partners whose hobbies were more action-orientated, with health & fitness and (weirdly) comedy ranking in their top ten most attractive hobbies for a partner.
*Data collected anonymously