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Looks like Virginia really is for lovers. Trending search data released by Google shows that Virginia searches for “love” more than any other state.

That’s been the case since 2004, according to Google, when the company first started aggregating the number of times each state has looked for love. Not far behind is Oregon, Mississippi, Texas, California.

The states least looking for love? Montana is at the bottom. Following the Treasure State in least likely to look search for love online are Rhode Island, Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. (The data, according to a representative at Google, does take population into account.)

Notably, the word “love” — along with “teddy bears” — tends to spike in popularity around Valentine’s Day. But people just aren’t looking for “love,” Google says. The three questions most asked by these hopelessly romantic Google users are: ‘What is love?’, ‘How to love yourself’, and ‘How do you know when you love someone?’.

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Here are the states (including the District of Columbia) looking for love, ranked from most searching to least.

  1. Virginia
  2. Oregon
  3. Mississippi
  4. Texas
  5. California
  6. Kansas
  7. Louisiana
  8. Florida
  9. West Virginia
  10. Hawaii
  11. Georgia
  12. Arkansas
  13. New York
  14. Nevada
  15. Kentucky
  16. Alabama
  17. South Carolina
  18. New Mexico
  19. New Jersey
  20. Tennessee
  21. Oklahoma
  22. North Carolina
  23. Arizona
  24. Rhode Island
  25. Indiana
  26. Illinois
  27. Delaware
  28. Michigan
  29. Maryland
  30. Pennsylvania
  31. Missouri
  32. District of Columbia
  33. Connecticut
  34. Utah
  35. Wyoming
  36. Nebraska
  37. Idaho
  38. Massachusetts
  39. Ohio
  40. Alaska
  41. Colorado
  42. South Dakota
  43. Washington
  44. Vermont
  45. Maine
  46. Iowa
  47. Wisconsin
  48. North Dakota
  49. Minnesota
  50. New Hampshire
  51. Montana

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