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When your parents ask why you’re coming home for the holidays as a single woman or man yet again, direct them to WalletHub’s new study, which pinpointed the best and worst cities to date as a single this year. So if mom and dad aren’t going to help you pay your rent in a city that’s friendly for singles, they need to pipe down already.

A team of scientists from the University of Louisville, the University of Michigan and the University of California at Santa Barbara “compared the 150 most populated U.S. cities based on 25 key metrics.” Their data ranged from the percentages of singles in a city, the online dating opportunities, to the average costs for dining, going out for drinks, going to the movies, rent, the highest and lowest gender balance and more.

“In order to identify the best cities for singles, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 most populated U.S. cities across two equally weighted dimensions, ‘Dating Economics’ and ‘Romance & Fun.'”

So what did they find? Well, the best city to be a single dating is Salt Lake City, Utah. Interesting, right? Other top-finishing cities include Atlanta, Georgia at No. 4 (which ranked No. 1 for “Romance & Fun” interestingly), Austin, Texas at No. 6, Cincinnati, Ohio at No. 9, Denver, Colorado at No. 12, and Minneapolis, Minnesota at No. 14.

The struggle cities for dating include Yonkers, New York, the worst at No. 150. There’s also Detroit, Michigan at No. 146, Jersey City, New Jersey at No. 142, New York, New York at No. 139, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at No. 137, Chicago, Illinois at No. 133 and Los Angeles, California at No. 126.

You can find the lowest-costing restaurant meals in Aurora, Colorado and the highest-costing meals in San Francisco, California.

The lowest average beer and wine costs? Indianapolis, Indiana. The highest? Atlanta, Georgia.

The cheapest movie tickets? Corpus Christi, Texas. The most expensive tickets? It’s a tie between five cities in California: Los Angeles, Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Glendale and Santa Clarita.

Highest percentage of single people? Detroit, Michigan. The lowest number of single folks can be found in Chesapeake, Virginia. Guess they’re all booed up.

And if you were wondering where you would have success with online dating, folks in Gilbert, Arizona have the highest online dating opportunities while those in Cleveland, Ohio have the lowest.

You can check out the full results, as well as advice from the scientists behind the study on how to date on a budget, and what singles should look for when choosing a city to reside in, here.

But what city do you live in? How would you say things are for dating and singles?


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