Westerners 27% More Likely to Have Sex on the First Date

C. Price

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C. Price is part of DatingAdvice.com's content team. She writes advice articles, how-to guides, and studies — all relating to dating, relationships, love, sex, and more.

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Sex on a first date is seen as taboo in some circles but commonplace in others.

DatingAdvice.com’s new study found Westerners, or those living in states such as California, New Mexico or Arizona, are 27% more likely to have sex on a first date than Midwesterners.

Overall, 34 percent of the 1,080 respondents admitted to having sex on a first date at least once.

“Those living in states such as California or

Arizona are more likely to have sex on a first date.” 

Forty-six percent of men said they’ve had sexual intercourse on a first romantic outing, which is twice the rate of women.

More than half of gay men and lesbian women answered in the affirmative, while only one-third of straight men and women did.

Divorcees were also among the most likely demographics to have sex on a first date — 45% versus 36% of singles.

In terms of income, two out of five respondents earning between $75,000 and $99,999 annually have had first-date sex compared to one in three of those earning less than $25,000 a year.

The least likely groups to partake in this sort of behavior was younger Americans and Asian-Americans at 22% and 16%, respectively.

The study surveyed 1,080 respondents over the course of three weeks, balancing responses by age, gender, income, race, sexuality and other factors in order to accurately represent the U.S. population. The study has a margin of error of +/- 2.8%.

The Breakdown: Americans Who’ve Had Sex on the First Date

By gender:

  • Male: 46%
  • Female: 23%

By sexuality:

  • Straight: 33%
  • Gay: 61%

By marital status:

  • Single, Never Married: 36%
  • Married: 31%
  • Divorced: 45%

By age:

  • 18 to 24: 22%
  • 25 to 34: 39%
  • 35 to 44: 39%
  • 45 to 54: 39%
  • 54 to 64: 34%
  • 65 and older: 25%

By race:

  • White: 33%
  • African-American: 33%
  • Hispanic: 39%
  • Asian: 16%

By income:

  • Under $25,000: 30%
  • $25,000 to $49,999: 35%
  • $50,000 to $74,999: 33%
  • $75,000 to $99,999: 40%
  • $100,000 to $124,999: 34%
  • $125,000 or higher: 34%

By region:

  • Northeast: 37%
  • Midwest: 30%
  • South: 33%
  • West: 38%

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