What Americans spend on an engagement ring in each state, ranked from lowest to highest

Meghan Markle's engagement ring has been called

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  • An engagement ring is an expensive purchase – Americans spend $6,351 on average.
  • But when broken down by state, the average amount ranges from $3,518 to $10,241.
  • People in California spend the most on engagement rings, while those in Utah spend the least.

Americans on average spend $6,351 on an engagement ring, according to The Knot’s 2017 Real Weddings Study.

We asked the sales team at Ritani, an online diamond retailer that specializes in engagement rings, to dive deeper into the statistics and find the average price paid for an engagement ring across the US in 2017.

Many factors go into pricing a diamond engagement ring. Diamonds are graded and priced based on the “four Cs,” which are cut, carat, color, and clarity. Each of those can affect the price. A 1-carat round-shaped diamond with an “ideal” cut grade, for example, can range from about $2,000 up to $12,857 at Ritani depending on its grade for clarity and color.

Below we’ve ranked the average amount of money spent on an engagement ring in each state, from lowest to highest.


51. Utah: $3,518

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50. Vermont: $3,941

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49. New Hampshire: $4,053

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48. West Virginia: $4,352

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47. Mississippi: $4,772

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46. South Dakota: $4,832

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45. Nevada: $4,944

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44. New Mexico: $5,089

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43. Kentucky: $5,170

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42. North Dakota: $5,436

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41. Minnesota: $5,630

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40. Nebraska: $5,818

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39. Maryland: $5,972

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38. Rhode Island: $6,109

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37. Tennessee: $6,116

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36. Louisiana: $6,294

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35. Colorado: $6,310

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34. Arizona: $6,310

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33. Kansas: $6,318

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32. Virginia: $6,329

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31. Alaska: $6,414

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30. Ohio: $6,454

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29. Oklahoma: $6,584

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Melania Trump models her wedding ring at a red carpet event in New York City on March 9, 2010.
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28. Pennsylvania: $6,627

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27. Oregon: $6,664

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26. Idaho: $6,790

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25. Maine: $6,813

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24. New Jersey: $6,969

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23. Arkansas: $6,971

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22. Georgia: $7,059

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21. Wyoming: $7,154

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20. Washington: $7,160

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19. Missouri: $7,467

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18. Montana: $7,471

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17. Hawaii: $7,491

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16. Alabama: $7,521

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15. Indiana: $7,558

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14. Connecticut: $7,810

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13. Michigan: $7,817

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12. Florida: $8,022

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11. New York: $8,092

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10. Illinois: $8,138

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9. Iowa: $8,150

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8. Texas: $8,194

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7. Delaware: $8,403

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6. Massachusetts: $8,426

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5. South Carolina: $8,599

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4. Washington, DC: $8,695

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3. Wisconsin: $8,766

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2. North Carolina: $9,225

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1. California: $10,241

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