If your New Year’s resolution this year is to stop being single, the surveyors at a finance website called WalletHub have been out with their little pads and pencils looking again for the best and worst.
Based on shares of single population to number of dating opportunities to night life options per capita, they found the 10 best and 10 worst cities for finding a mate.
Not surprisingly, some of the worst cities are a bit more remote. Most of the best cities are bigger. The only listed from Texas is on the worst list and it’s Laredo.
Best cities for singles, the most from California, are San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego, plus Atlanta, Denver, Seattle, Chicago and both Portland, Ind., and Portland, Ore.
Since I had the pleasure of singing karaoke in a watering hole in the Oregon version, I can vouch of it as a swinging place. Or at least a singing place.
Charleston, W.V., heads the worst cities, followed by the aforementioned Laredo, Lewiston, Maine, Pearl City, Hawaii; Yonkers, N.Y.; Warwick, N.Y.; Hialeah, Fla.; Pembroke Pines, Fla.; South Burlington, Vt., and oops, I just spied Brownsville. Sorry about that, Texas.
Detroit has the highest share of single persons, with 73.76 percent, much higher than Fremont, Calif., with the lowest at 38.06 percent.
Gilbert, Ariz., has the highest share of households with a broadband connection, which show the ability for online dating opportunities at 95.9 percent. Brownsville is the lowest, with 43.7 percent.
For those who begin a budding romance with a nice dinner should know that Garden Grove, Calif., has the lowest average restaurant meal cost at $12.78. Be careful heading north. Juneau’s dinners are the highest at $80.
If you want to share a bottle of wine, go to Indianapolis, where the average price is $3.79. If you want to make a stronger impression, travel to Raleigh, N.C., with the highest average at $13.99.
I know, I know, wine costs more than that in most places. But we are talking averages.
Here’s another price of interest to dating couples, which finish off that dinner, or start of that lovely evening, with a movie. Movie tickets are $6.21 in Port St. Lucie, Fla. In either Los Angeles or Oxnard, Calif., you pay $14.81. You’d think the city that makes all the movies would offer them at more of a bargain, wouldn’t you.
I personally know movies are also big in New York City and cost a lot more, sometimes as much as $20.
New York has more night life options, which I am presuming include all kinds of pubs, grills, theaters, cafes, you name it. They are 1.86 per square root of population. (Don’t ask me how they figured that out.) It works out to 93 times more places to go than there are in West Valley City, Utah, the city with the fewest at 0.02.
Incidentally, Houston came in at 33 and Dallas at 52. Austin was 26. It is, after all, a pretty swinging place, I guess. Lubbock is on the list at 83 and Arlington at 109. Garland is also on the lower end at 139. Amarillo was listed at 160. Laredo was 174 and Brownsville came almost on the bottom at 181.
The very, very bottom of the barrel was South Burlington, Vt. at 182. They had the second highest number of single folks, behind only Detroit.