Love does cost a thing: The price of average date in Maryland is $200, study says

Here’s some news that will make you want to go dutch. The cost of a date is on the rise, and Maryland is among the top 10 states where it’s the priciest, according to 24/7 Wall St.

An August report by the Delaware-based financial news and opinion company has ranked Maryland the seventh most expensive state to go on a date, averaging at $209.33 per outing. New York came in at No. 1, with an average date costing around $300, followed by New Jersey at $259.60 and Hawaii at around $240, respectively.

The list was compiled by calculating the average price of: a liter of wine in June 2018, per the Bureau of Labor Statistics; two movie tickets in 2017, per the National Association of Theatre Owners; and the average cost of two restaurant dinners in 2016, according to Zagat. The index also considered the cost of goods, services, dining out, transportation and commute times, alcohol and taxes for each state.

Luckily, there are some outings that aren’t as expensive. For a date in Maryland, the website suggested taking a stroll along the Ocean City boardwalk, which can be as expensive as you want to make it. But if you’re looking for a sure-fire cheaper option, you can always jump ship and start dating in another state entirely.

In Nebraska, the cost of a dates averages $48.91, according to 24/7 Wall St. North Dakota follows behind with roughly $42 per date, and South Dakota comes in at the lowest, at around $38 a date.

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