The Most Commonly Used Online Dating Profile Words in 10 Major U.S. Cities

When US Census is collected, the data paints a certain picture of the country — we learn about age ranges, population sizes and common professions.

But R. Luke Dubois, an artist, composer and professor of digital media, wanted to track Americans in a different way. Dubois, who creates interpretive representations of data, decided in 2010 to map the United States based on the words used in online dating profiles.

So he signed up for 21 different online dating services — from to eHarmony — and programmed an automated system to create profiles in every zip code of the country.

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