2016’s Best & Worst Cities for Singles

2016’s Best & Worst Cities for Singles

With 45 percent of all U.S. adults being single during one of the most family-oriented times of the year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2016’s Best & Worst Cities for Singles.

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Some singles are closer to a happily ever after than they think, but it depends on where they live. To identify the cities in which singles have the highest chance of finding a significant other, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 most populated U.S. cities across 29 key metrics. The data set ranges from “share of single population” to “number of online dating opportunities” to “nightlife options per capita.”

Best Cities for Singles Worst Cities for Singles
1 San Francisco, CA 141 Greensboro, NC
2 Orlando, FL 142 Fontana, CA
3 Seattle, WA 143 Laredo, TX
4 San Diego, CA 144 Chesapeake, VA
5 Boston, MA 145 Moreno Valley, CA
6 Austin, TX 146 Pembroke Pines, FL
7 Las Vegas, NV 147 Port St. Lucie, FL
8 Phoenix, AZ 148 Yonkers, NY
9 Miami, FL 149 Hialeah, FL
10 Los Angeles, CA 150 Brownsville, TX

Best vs. Worst

  • Garden Grove, Calif., has the lowest average restaurant meal cost, $12.80, which is 6.3 times lower than in New York, the city with the highest at $80.00.
  • Indianapolis has the lowest average price for a bottle of wine, $3.96, which is 3.2 times lower than in Las Vegas, Nev., the city with the highest at $12.83.
  • Corpus Christi, Texas, has the lowest average price for a movie ticket, $8.47, which is 1.8 times lower than in Vancouver, Wash., the city with the highest at $15.09.
  • Detroit has the highest share of single persons, 75.2 percent, which is two times higher than in Fremont, Calif., the city with the lowest at 38.3 percent.
  • Orlando, Fla. has the most nightlife options per 100,000 residents, 263.18, which is 19.9 times more than in Moreno Valley, Calif., the city with the fewest, 13.22.
  • Portland, Ore., has the most cafés per 100,000 residents, 103.92, which is 29.5 times more than in Laredo, Texas, the city with the fewest, 3.52.
  • Gilbert, Ariz. has the highest share of households with broadband connection (as a proxy for “online dating opportunities”), 94 percent, which is 1.9 times higher than in Detroit, the city with the lowest, 50 percent.

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Shayne Heffernan Funds Manager at HEFFX holds a Ph.D. in Economics and brings with him over 25 years of trading experience in Asia and hands on experience in Venture Capital, he has been involved in several start ups that have seen market capitalization over $500m and 1 that reach a peak market cap of $15b. He has managed and overseen start ups in Mining, Shipping, Technology and Financial Services.

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