‘Tis the season to propose! Whether you’re just in it for the chocolate or seriously in love, Valentine’s Day—and the days that follow—are, unsurprisingly, one of the most popular times of the year for couples to get engaged. And while you may already be dreading the slew of announcement pics that will undoubtedly flood your Instagram feed, it’s truly an exciting time for the happy duos preparing to embark on a wild new journey together.
That said, happiness certainly doesn’t come cheap. ICYMI: Weddings are expensive, and so is that diamond showstopper (or other edgy stone) you slip on your ring finger.
Not only is an engagement ring effectively a symbol of you and your partner’s commitment to one another, but it’s also a major commitment for one's wallet. According to The Knot, Americans as a whole spent close to $6,400 on engagement rings in 2017—looking, on average, at 26 rings before settling on “the one.” And when it comes to shopping for the perfect sparkler to seal the deal, it turns out that residents in some states are willing to drop more on pre-wedding bling than others. A recent report on Business Insider laid out the average price paid for an engagement ring in the US in 2017, and revealed exactly which states spent the most on their forever jewels.
The state most willing and ready to splurge on their dream gem? To-be-weds in California stole the number one spot, spending, on average, more than $10,000. Additionally, a number of big Southern states, like North Carolina, Texas, and South Carolina ranked high on the list, as well as states like Massachusetts and Illinois, which boast major metropolitan areas.
Here’s a peek at the top 10 states on the list, and the average price paid per ring: