Buffalo's "safety score" is 0.8, and the city with the highest score, San Antonio, Texas, is 9.4. Safewise based its rankings on rates of violent crime and STDs for the country's 56 biggest cities.
Cities that have a lower safety score are where people should use more caution before meeting people through online dating websites, according to the sources. According to the company's numbers, Buffalo was the 11th worst for violent crime and worst in the entire country for STDs.
Let's say you met an over-educated, underemployed, thirty-something man who seemed incapable of holding down a relationship, and who was known to date up to half-a-dozen women at a time after meeting them online.
He is also convinced that the constant temptations of online dating have kept him from settling down.
And other than quotes from the executives of a few assorted matchmaking sites, whose insights boil down to admissions that their products aren't designed to foster long-term relationships, his story makes up the bulk of the piece.
To verify those numbers, we contacted the Erie County Health Department and looked through the FBI's crime numbers, which are online. The study focuses on cities showing Buffalo with a population of around 258,000, but the STD data that Safewise used from the CDC is for the Metropolitan Statistical Area of Buffalo, Niagara Falls & Cheektowaga which, according to the government in 2015, included more than a million people.
That would throw off the per capita numbers and call Buffalo's #1 ranking into question. Safewise claims NYC only had 19,327 total STD cases in 2015 while the CDC report shows the number of Gonorrhea cases for 2015 alone for NYC is much higher at 23,721.
So in 2010, when the most recent census came out, artist R.
Luke Du Bois (TED Talk: Insightful human portraits made from data) decided to make his own survey of the country.In total, he wound up with 19 million dating profiles.The effort took 10 computers three months, and once he had the data, he used it to create an alternate census.Every ten years, the US government takes a national census to find out who lives where, what they do for work, the languages they speak and more.It’s good, important stuff, but it doesn’t necessarily tell Americans who they are — the dreams and goals of ordinary people, how we describe ourselves.So he signed up for 21 different online dating services — from to e Harmony — and programmed an automated system to create profiles in every zip code of the country.