Singles Paradise Found | Unveiling the Cities with the Best Dating Economy


Looking for love certainly comes with challenges, particularly when 47% of U.S. adults are single, but 57% aren’t even interested in dating at the moment. 

But could the problem partly be that we are looking for love in all the wrong places? Geographically speaking. That’s what WalletHub says!

The financial website sheds light on how finances play into relationships, exploring American openness about money with partners. 

And to help singles, WalletHub analyzed over 182 cities on key dating aspects like the single population’s size, online dating scene, and dining costs, offering helpful insights to maneuver the search for romantic relationships better. 

Do you need to relocate, or should you stay put? Let’s find out!

The Top 10 Cities for Singles

If you are searching for a significant other, you might want to plan a visit to one of the top 10 U.S. cities for singles identified by WalletHub in their analysis. 

The study evaluated major metropolitan areas across three key dimensions: economic factors, entertainment and recreational activities, and dating opportunities. Each city received a score out of 100 based on criteria including the balance of single genders, the availability of mobile dating apps, and the abundance of dating-friendly venues.

  • Seattle, WA
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Denver, CO
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Reno, NV
  • Tampa, FL
  • Madison, WI
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Portland, OR

The WalletHub study highlights the best and worst cities for singles, analyzing over 182 U.S. cities across numerous factors essential for dating.

Cassandra Happe from WalletHub says, “Where you live can have a big impact on your love life — if a city has a high population of singles and is packed with activities that you’ll enjoy, then you’ll have a better chance to meet someone with similar interests and can go on higher-quality dates.

“In the current economy, a city that minimizes costs through inexpensive restaurants and venues, plus free things to do, is especially attractive.”

Seattle tops the ranking as the best city for singles with a score of 63.88, closely followed by Las Vegas at 63.64. These rankings, provided by WalletHub, reflect not only the dating scene but also the general well-being of singles, taking into account factors like median household income and access to public amenities. 

Overall, the cities with the highest percentage of singles differ from those ranked highest overall, as various factors affect the scores. Specifically, Burlington, Vermont, boasts the highest proportion of singles, while Fremont, California, has the lowest. 

In terms of gender balance among singles, Salem, Oregon, leads, followed by Lincoln, Nebraska, and Columbia, South Carolina, with Jackson, Mississippi, having the lowest balance.

In the realm of dating economics, Texas stands out, with Amarillo boasting the most affordable restaurant meals and Brownsville highlighted for its low beer/wine and beauty salon prices. Fargo, North Dakota, shines with the lowest cost for movie theater outings. 

However, Brownsville falls behind in online dating opportunities, ranking at the bottom, whereas Gilbert, Arizona, leads in potential matches on platforms like Tinder or Bumble.


Why Seattle?

Seattle came in as the number one city for singles, offering a great mix of attractions, eateries, and social spots, along with an ample dash of urban charm and outdoor activities. Its rapid growth and high score in community well-being, alongside a tech-driven economy, make it attractive for those seeking well-off partners. But the cost for date activities like dining or movies is on the pricier side.

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Vegas, Baby, Vegas

Securing the number two spot is none other than Viva Las Vegas! For singles, there is a vibrant nightlife (obviously, it’s Vegas) and a lower-than-expected crime rate. It’s celebrated for its plentiful entertainment options, and it ranks high for music festivals and overall attractions. Beer enthusiasts will appreciate the city’s low beer prices, and a date at the theater is both a fun and affordable option. The city’s charm might even inspire couples to consider a fun, Elvis-impersonator-led wedding ceremony.


Digging on Denver 

Denver, ranking third for singles in the U.S., appeals to those seeking an active lifestyle thanks to its outdoor activities, parks, and fitness centers. The city, known for its scenic views and walkability, also excels in online dating, with a high percentage of residents connected via broadband and smartphones. The popularity of dating apps boosted during the pandemic, continues to facilitate connections for Denver’s singles, offering the chance to meet someone special amidst the beautiful backdrop of the majestic Rocky Mountains.


Who knew that your choice of city could really impact your dating life? Not us, but WalletHub’s extensive study has opened our eyes. 

This research, which examined a broad range of factors, from economic conditions to social opportunities, highlights the importance of the environment in creating romantic connections. 

Choosing a city that lines up with personal preferences and lifestyle can amplify the chances of finding serious relationships. 

For those of you who are still searching for your other half out there in the dating world, taking these factors into account could guide you to a locale where love can find you!

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