Best Cities for Singles – NerdWallet
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It’s almost Valentine’s Day, the feast of romance. While couples everywhere celebrate their relationships, singles search, with varying levels of effort, for their own potential dates. If you’re on the prowl for a date on Valentine’s Day, the problem could be your location, not you.
NerdWallet analyzed the numbers to find the best cities for single, straight men and women based on three questions:
1. Are the odds in your favor? We looked at the ratio of single men to single women. More women available than men is better for single men, and a city with more men available than women is better for single women.
2. How easy is it to meet people? People meet in bars, gyms and hanging out outside. We calculated the number of bars and gymnasiums per 1,000 inhabitants and we examined the Walk Score, which measures the degree of walking of a city. If you live in a city filled with shops, restaurants, and bars, it’s probably easier to meet people than if you live in a small, suburban town where driving is still mandatory.
3. Can you afford to date? We calculated the cost of a cheap date: a movie ticket, a 12 inch Pizza Hut pizza and a 6 pack Heineken. We’ve also factored the city’s unemployment rate into the calculation to maximize the chances that you and your partner will both be employed. No scrubs!
The best cities for single women
1. San Francisco, California
With 116.2 single men for every 100 single women, San Francisco makes it easy to meet men. The large amount of gymnasiums and bars and the city’s very walking distance make it easy to meet up, and although the dates are expensive, the unemployment rate is lower than in most major cities. Plus, the city is known for its delicious food, so you can explore San Francisco’s restaurant scene on your dates.
2. Seattle, WA
With its large amount of bars and gyms, it’s clear that Seattle is a city of fit beer drinkers. The city is very walkable, and the male to female ratio works in your favor, ladies. The dates are quite expensive because the Cost of life is quite high here. Settle in for a few dates with a cozy coffee in the house of some of the best coffee shops in the country.
3. San diego, california
Among singles, San Diego has a whopping ratio of almost 5 single men to 4 single women. While the number of bars and gyms, unemployment rate, Walk Score, and date costs are average, the ratio alone makes the city friendly for single women. In addition, the city is full of fun things to do: you can enjoy the beautiful beaches, go to the zoo or go hiking.
4. Denver, CO
Denver’s male-to-female ratio is nearly equal, but still slightly in favor of women. The city is full of bars and gyms, and its layout is fairly accessible on foot. Dating is cheap here and unemployment is moderate, making it a great city for single women. Outdoor dates are common here, and you can always plan a romantic weekend in the mountains.
5. Austin, Texas
Austin, Texas has a high ratio of single males to single females – nearly 6 in 5. The city has many bars and gyms, and while not particularly walkable, the rate of Unemployment is very low making it overall a great city for single women. With its thriving music scene, Austin’s great social life makes the city extremely friendly.
For the full list of the top ten, check out Best Cities for Single Women.
|Rank||City||Number of single men per 100 single women||Number of bars and gymnasiums per 1,000 inhabitants||Walk Score||Cost of an appointment||Unemployment rate||Overall rating for women|
|1||San Francisco||116.2||1.11||85||$ 28.39||8.6%||76.7|
|3||San Diego||124.5||0.78||56||$ 27.67||10.0%||70.2|
Best Cities for Single Men
1. Boston, Massachusetts
Single women outnumber single men in Boston, and the pedestrian layout and variety of bars and gyms are also great for dating. Dates are a bit more expensive here, but the low unemployment rate makes it likely that you both can afford it. There are plenty of meeting options, including Red Sox games, walking the Freedom Trail, and dining in the North End.
2. Baltimore, Maryland
With a large ratio of single men to women for single men, Baltimore comes in second. The city also has many bars and gymnasiums and an average unemployment rate. And if you like seafood and crab cakes, you’ll have plenty of dining options for dates.
3. Washington DC
Washington has about 10 single women for every 9 single men. Add those chances to the ability to walk around town and the huge number of bars and gyms, and you’ve got a great place to be a bachelor.
4. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia is very passable with an average Cost of life and more single women than single men. Philadelphia has a rich artistic culture (not to mention its delicious cheesesteak), so you can explore music and museums on your dates.
5. Denver, CO
Although Denver has more single men than single women, the city makes up for this skewed ratio with a low unemployment rate, a low cost of living, and a large number of bars and gyms per capita. Denver is teeming with nature lovers, so there are plenty of meeting options for outdoor enthusiasts, like hiking nearby and skiing in the mountains.
For the full list of the top ten, see Best Cities for Single Men.
|Rank||City||Number of single men per 100 single women||Number of bars and gymnasiums per 1,000 inhabitants||Walk Score||Cost of an appointment||Unemployment rate||Overall rating for men|
|4||Philadelphia cream||95.1||0.82||74||$ 28.71||10.8%||71.4|
Overall scores for women and men were calculated from the following measures:
- Number of single men per 100 single women (aged 15 to 44) according to the US census
- Number of bars and gymnasiums per 1,000 inhabitants of the yellow pages
- Walk Score
- Cost of a date (including a 12 inch Pizza Hut pizza, a movie ticket and a 6 pack of Heineken) ACCRA cost of living index
- Bureau of Labor Statistics unemployment rate
The number of unmarried men per 100 unmarried women was weighted twice as much as the other measures because the overall score was made up of three equal categories: odds of meeting someone of the opposite sex, ease of meeting people and affordability.
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