(NEXSTAR) – Is Your Location Sabotaging Your Love Life? New data indicates that many US cities — even some of the largest — not only have fewer singles, but are making it harder to date overall.
Researchers from The best places in Sperling used several factors (and US Census data) to create the ranking, including the percentage of single people aged 18-24, population, and number of hangouts per capita (cafes, bars, etc.). Some rankings are surprising: Mega-metropolises like Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco are in the middle of the pack, due to low scores for hangouts per capita, in addition to gift-buying tendencies.
Where is your city located? Here are the top 10 and bottom 10 places to make a love connection.
Best Dating Cities
- Austin, TX
- Colorado Springs, Colorado
- San Diego, California
- Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina
- Seattle, WA
- Charleston, South Carolina
- Norfolk, Virginia
- Ann Arbor, MI
- Springfield, MA
- Honolulu, Hawaii
The Texas capital tops the charts for several reasons, according to the data. Austin has the highest number of 18-24 year olds and the highest number of social venues per capita. Residents also spend a lot of money socializing, including buying more alcohol outside the home than in any other city.
“Cities like Austin, Colorado Springs and Ann Arbor weren’t a complete surprise,” said Bert Sperling, president of Sperling’s Best Places. “These are crowded college towns and it’s easy for young singles to get together.”
COOL FACT: San Diego ranks among the most diverse, indicating a high likelihood of encountering people of different races/ethnicities.
The worst dating cities
- Kansas City, Missouri
- Wichita, KS
- Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
- Detroit, Michigan
- Louisville, Kentucky
- Greensboro/Winston-Salem, North Carolina
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Houston, TX
- Charlotte, North Carolina
Big cities like Houston and Atlanta are on the low list due to Houston’s lack of lingerie stores per capita and Atlanta’s thin bar scene for young singles.
Sterling said some of the lowest-ranked cities have reached out to say the data is accurate.
“In these towns, there are relatively few young singles, and the towns are so spread out that it can be difficult for them to find each other,” Sterling said. “Some are using this study as a call to action to provide places where people can go out and gather.”
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