Best states to find lasting love

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (NBC) -- Virginia may be for lovers but that's not the only state where love can bloom.

In fact, in a nationwide study of positive relationships, Virginia came in mid-pack.

Not everyone can be as lucky in love as Ray and Samantha Tejeda.

"At first, when I seen him, I was like 'oh my gosh, he's gorgeous,'" said Samantha Tejeda.

"She was the biggest dork. It was the most endearing thing about her," Ray Tejeda said.

They met in a California night club. After seven years of dating and a well-planned road trip, Ray popped the big question.

"She said yes, so she's stuck," he said.

California is inherently romantic with its beautiful sunsets, ocean views and warm weather.

"You can go to the beach, you can go to the mountains in the same day."

The state came in among the top 10 in a 2017 survey of the best states for finding lasting love.

But three other potentially surprising states tied for No. 1 -- Mississippi, Utah and Wisconsin.

Dr. William Chopik, a professor at Michigan State University, studies human interaction. He says the quality and ways in which people approach relationships vary.

"There are some places that are a little bit more insecure with respect to the relationships and the degree to which they actually approach relationships," Chopik said.

Chopik's study suggests people living in states like North Dakota, South Carolina, and New York may be less secure in relationships. They also tended to be a little more distant and less intimate. No matter your zip code, your state of mind may be key.

"Being able to communicate with your significant other is the key to any successful relationship," Chopik said.

After all, good relationships can be found anywhere.

And, in case you're wondering, according to the study, Michigan came in on the back half of the list at No. 33.