What is Dating in Michigan Like?

Understanding a state’s dating scene, its trends, and its tendencies is a great step towards having more success finding someone. But where do you find that information? Here! In this article, we’re going to look at what dating in Michigan is like, share some resources for singles in the state, and look at the popularity and safety of online dating in Michigan.

Here are some of the more important highlights and trends you can expect to see if you’re dating in Michigan.

Expect to meet a lot of lifers.

There are dating-related reasons that this could be a good thing or a bad thing, but be aware that a lot of people who live in Michigan can and will live there for their entire lives. What’s nice for dating is that if you meet someone locally, you don’t have to worry about them leaving unexpectedly like you do in a town like Miami or Las Vegas. But if you’re an outsider who moved to the state after high school, it may be tough to get connected into the tighter-knit, lifelong social circles.

High school does not end at graduation.

In a lot of cities in Michigan, the high school approach to dating and life continue long beyond graduation. Unfortunately, this means that a lot of relationships may end in silly fights and the “grown-up” approach to relationships (you know, like taking them seriously) might take a lot longer to develop. This isn’t everyone, but it’s a lot of the state.

People get married a little bit older.

The average age of marriage in Michigan is 27.9 years of age which is 14th highest in the nation. While not that far off the average, it should provide a little solace that not everyone got married to their high school sweetheart.

Safety is a chief concern in a lot of areas.

While Michigan is only the 24th most dangerous state for online dating (right in the middle), in-person dating safety is a real concern in a lot of areas. This shouldn’t deter you from getting out there, but it should encourage you to be a little more vigilant about things. Verify who you’re going out with, tell someone else your plans (and check in), and when you select a date spot—make sure it’s safe (especially in places like Detroit).

Sport rivalries may actually impact whether someone will go out with you or not.

Whether it’s Michigan vs. Michigan State or you’re from Illinois and you’re a Bears fan (the Lion’s biggest rival)—expect things to get a little spicy. While some people can keep this at playful banter, it can actually be a deal breaker for the more hardcore sports fans (or alumni from one of the colleges).

The bar scene is a haven for regulars.

In some state’s, there are so many bars and nightclubs to choose from that singles rotate where they’re going each week. If you see someone you like, your chances of running into them again randomly are low. However in Michigan, people tend to be creatures of habit when it comes to nightlife. It might be because the scene is slower in most towns or it just might be the nature of liking something comfortable. Either way, frequent spots where you see people you’re interested in regularly and you may find a nice opportunity to strike up a conversation.

Michigan Singles Dating Statistics

By now, we’re for sure that we’ve convinced you we’re true lovers of data. But how awesome is it to know that when you get out into the Michigan dating scene you’re going to have a leg up knowing what to expect?

What we have here are some general statistics on the singles in the state of MI. We’ll talk age, how many are married, who has access to the internet, and who wins in the girls vs. guys category!

Total Population

  • 10,050,811

Population in Michigan by Gender

  • 50.5% women in Michigan
  • 49.5% men in Michigan

Overall Singles by Gender

  • 52.3% of women in Michigan are single
  • 49.9% of men in Michigan are single

Population in Michigan by Age

  • 13.1% aged from 20-29 years old
  • 12.6% aged from 30-39 years old
  • 11.8% aged from 40-49 years old
  • 13.2% aged from 50-59 years old
  • 25.3% aged 60+ years old

% Households With Internet in MI

  • 79.0% of households in Michigan have internet access

Continuing our look into online dating trends in different Michigan cities, we took a look at how some of the bigger cities measured up when it came to dating compared with the rest of the country.

A recent study conducted on the best cities for singles in the US looked at the 100 largest cities in the nation. Specifically, the study looked at 36 different data points to try and identify which cities were the best and worst for singles in America. The only Michigan city to make the list was Detroit.

How’d the city do? Detroit came in the top 1/3 with a 30th place finish. Detroit did the best in the quality of the dating pool category, and also did well in the cost of dating category.

Yes, we are data nerds. But often, data can give us some exciting key insights into how things work—like the dating scene in Michigan. What we wanted to figure out most recently is what areas of Michigan had the most interest in online dating. Were there certain cities where it was more popular? Less popular?

Here’s what we looked and what we found.

Google Trends data allows us to take a look at just how people in different parts of the world are searching for things online. Additionally, it allows us to see the volume of searches within certain geographical areas. Recently, we took a look at which Michigan cities had the most search traffic for online dating topics over the past 12 months. Here are the results.

Michigan Google Trends Data for Online Dating
  1. Detroit MI – (100)
  2. Traverse City-Cadillac MI – (93)
  3. Flint-Saginaw-Bay City MI- (91)
  4. Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek MI- (84)
  5. Lansing MI – (80)
  6. South Bend-Elkhart IN – (51)
  7. Toledo OH – (6)
  8. Alpena MI
  9. Marquette MI

The win goes to Detroit for the most interest in online dating! Traverse City was not far behind with 93% of the search volume seen in Detroit. And in third place was the Flint area, including all of the small surrounding cities. This doesn’t mean you won’t have luck finding love elsewhere in the state, but these areas are particularly busy when it comes to dating online in Michigan.

Recently, our team looked at several different data points to determine which states in the nation are the safest or most dangerous for online dating and romance scams.

Here are the data points our team looked at:

Logos of the methodology groups studied

The results? Michigan came in as the 24th most dangerous, which also means it’s the 27th safest—again, not great but also not that bad. In Michigan, your statistical odds of falling for a romance scam are 1 in 17,400. We’d say these are pretty decent odds and can be heavily skewed by your willingness to educate yourself on the dangers that are out there and not to let your heart get ahead of your head.

By no means should this discourage you from trying Michigan dating apps or putting yourself out there. However, it 100% means you should make sure to do everything you can to stay safe.

Michigan Dating FAQ

Is dating in Michigan hard?

We wouldn’t say that dating in Michigan is necessarily easy, but it’s certainly not as hard as some other states in the country. Some of the issues that make it challenging are a slower-than-normal nightlife scene, safety and crime issues, tighter-knit social circles, and a high school-esque mentality that some people struggle to snap out of. Overall, though, with the right approach, effort, and patience, you should be able to have some luck finding someone special.

Is online dating in Michigan popular?

In a ranking of the states, Michigan comes in at the 30th for the most interest in online dating (not great but also not bad). Still, this equates to thousands of singles looking for someone. So, on the grand scheme in comparison to other states—not that great, but when looking at a micro level that it only takes one person for you to meet—it’s popular enough to be effective.