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

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose for one of two official engagement photos at Frogmore House in December, 2017

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Meghan Markle's engagement ring has been called "priceless."

  • An engagement ring is an expensive purchase - Americans spend an average of $6,351.
  • 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.
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The average American spends $6,351 on an engagement ring according to The Knot's 2017 Real Weddings Study.

There are many factors that go into pricing a diamond engagement ring. Diamonds are graded and priced based on the "four C's," which include cut, carat, color, and clarity. The "cut grade" of a diamond not only determines its "sparkle" effect, but also its price - for example, a one carat round shaped diamond with an "ideal" cut grade can range from around $2,000 up to $12,857 at Ritani depending on its grade for clarity and color.
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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 during 2017.

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

Utah: $3,518

Utah: $3,518

Vermont: $3,941

Vermont: $3,941
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New Hampshire: $4,053

New Hampshire: $4,053

West Virginia: $4,352

West Virginia: $4,352
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Mississippi: $4,772

Mississippi: $4,772

South Dakota: $4,832

South Dakota: $4,832
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Nevada: $4,944

Nevada: $4,944

New Mexico: $5,089

New Mexico: $5,089
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Kentucky: $5,170

Kentucky: $5,170

North Dakota: $5,436

North Dakota: $5,436
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Minnesota: $5,630

Minnesota: $5,630

Nebraska: $5,818

Nebraska: $5,818
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Maryland: $5,972

Maryland: $5,972

Rhode Island: $6,109

Rhode Island: $6,109
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Tennessee: $6,116

Tennessee: $6,116

Louisiana: $6,294

Louisiana: $6,294
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Colorado: $6,310

Colorado: $6,310

Arizona: $6,310

Arizona: $6,310
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Kansas: $6,318

Kansas: $6,318

Virginia: $6,329

Virginia: $6,329
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Alaska: $6,414

Alaska: $6,414

Ohio: $6,454

Ohio: $6,454
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Oklahoma: $6,584

Oklahoma: $6,584

Pennsylvania: $6,627

Pennsylvania: $6,627
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Oregon: $6,664

Oregon: $6,664

Idaho: $6,790

Idaho: $6,790
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Maine: $6,813

Maine: $6,813

New Jersey: $6,969

New Jersey: $6,969
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Arkansas: $6,971

Arkansas: $6,971

Georgia: $7,059

Georgia: $7,059
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Wyoming: $7,154

Wyoming: $7,154

Washington: $7,160

Washington: $7,160
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Missouri: $7,467

Missouri: $7,467

Montana: $7,471

Montana: $7,471
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Hawaii: $7,491

Hawaii: $7,491

Alabama: $7,521

Alabama: $7,521
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Indiana: $7,558

Indiana: $7,558

Connecticut: $7,810

Connecticut: $7,810
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Michigan: $7,817

Michigan: $7,817

Florida: $8,022

Florida: $8,022
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New York: $8,092

New York: $8,092

Illinois: $8,138

Illinois: $8,138
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Iowa: $8,150

Iowa: $8,150

Texas: $8,194

Texas: $8,194
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Delaware: $8,403

Delaware: $8,403

Massachusetts: $8,426

Massachusetts: $8,426
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South Carolina: $8,599

South Carolina: $8,599

Washington, D.C.: $8,695

Washington, D.C.: $8,695
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Wisconsin: $8,766

Wisconsin: $8,766

North Carolina: $9,225

North Carolina: $9,225
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California: $10,241

California: $10,241