With nearly 47% of all U.S. adults being unmarried and only 42% of single adults interested in a relationship or casual dating, you might be wondering if there is a better place to live and find love without breaking the bank.

A new study compared more than 180 U.S. cities across 35 key indicators of dating-friendliness. The data set ranges from the share of the single population to the number of online dating opportunities to the average price for a two-person meal.

Best Cities for SinglesWorst Cities for Singles
1. Seattle, WA173. Winston-Salem, NC
2. Las Vegas, NV174. Little Rock, AR
3. Denver, CO175. Hialeah, FL
4. Atlanta, GA176. Jackson, MS
5. Austin, TX177. Dover, DE
6. Reno, NV178. Pearl City, HI
7. Tampa, FL179. Glendale, CA
8. Madison, WI180. Brownsville, TX
9. Tucson, AZ181. Warwick, RI
10. Portland, OR182. Columbia, MD

 

Financial Secret Survey Key Stats

  • Men are more tight-lipped. 76% more men have financial secrets than women.
  • Baby boomers are most honest. 42% of millennials and 39% of Gen Zers have financial secrets, compared to only 13% of baby boomers.
  • People are less truthful about what they earn and owe. Income and debt are the financial topics that people lie about the most, with 33% of people saying they’ve lied about each.  
  • Money issues can ruin relationships. Nearly 1 in 3 Americans say they would break up or get a divorce over financial problems.
  • Partners aren’t entitled to info. More than 1 in 4 people think their partner doesn’t have the right to know how much money they have.
  • Zero-tolerance policy. 17% of Americans say they would not forgive their partner if they lied about their financial situation.

Best Cities for Singles in 2024

Finding love can be difficult and expensive, but living in the right place can make things easier due to a high population of singles, lots of activities, low dating costs, and more. For example, Seattle is the best city for singles in the country, according to a new report by the personal finance website WalletHub, which analyzed 35 key indicators across three dimensions: economics, fun/recreation, and dating opportunities. Las Vegas, Denver, Atlanta, and Austin, TX ranked as the next best cities.

“Seattle offers tons of date options, from iconic attractions like the Space Needle and the city’s music scene to outdoor activities at parks and beaches,” said Cassandra Happe, WalletHub Analyst. “If you’re looking to meet a partner who’s very financially stable, Seattle has one of the highest median annual household incomes in the country, at $70,308 (adjusted for the cost of living), which is not too surprising given the city’s status as a tech hub.”

10 Best & Worst Cities for Singles

Best Cities for SinglesWorst Cities for Singles
1. Seattle, WA173. Winston-Salem, NC
2. Las Vegas, NV174. Little Rock, AR
3. Denver, CO175. Hialeah, FL
4. Atlanta, GA176. Jackson, MS
5. Austin, TX177. Dover, DE
6. Reno, NV178. Pearl City, HI
7. Tampa, FL179. Glendale, CA
8. Madison, WI180. Brownsville, TX
9. Tucson, AZ181. Warwick, RI
10. Portland, OR182. Columbia, MD

City Advantages

Each of the top cities for singles has its advantages. For example, second-place Las Vegas has a low crime rate and plentiful nightlife options. Denver offers great ways to stay active with its proximity to the Rocky Mountains, a large number of parks and fitness centers, and good walkability. Atlanta has a particularly large percentage of the population that’s single (over 69%), and in Austin, rent for a 1-bedroom apartment costs less than 20% of the median household income.

“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,” Happe said.

Once you do find love, you also have to consider the things that are priceless, like good values and clear communication skills. A lot of relationships lack financial transparency, for example. WalletHub’s new Financial Secrets Survey found that nearly 1 in 3 Americans would break up or get a divorce over financial problems, and many people keep their partner in the dark about certain money issues.

There are a few steps you can take to increase your chances of finding a compatible partner, too.

Tips for Singles

    • Be open and honest. Relationships built on lies are doomed from the start. Around 17% of Americans say they would not forgive their partner if they lied about their financial situation, so it’s important to be truthful. You don’t want someone who doesn’t love you for you, anyway.
    • Pick a city that appeals most to your interests. If you love where you live, and can go out to places you enjoy regularly, you’re more likely to encounter like-minded individuals.
    • Try online dating. Regardless of where you live, online dating can connect you with people in any location who you otherwise might never have met. Plus, you can set a range on how far you want to look, so you can easily limit your search to people in your city.
    • Choose low-cost first-date options. There’s not much point in spending a lot of money on a first date when you don’t even know if you’ll be interested in the other person. A coffee date or a trip to the park or a museum with free admission is a lot cheaper than going to dinner, for example.
    • Explore social clubs. Sometimes, the best way to find a partner is not to explicitly look for one, but simply to try to meet someone who has the same interests as you. Joining a group for an activity you enjoy – for example, sports, gaming, painting, cooking, etc. – can help you meet new people with whom you may develop romantic feelings over time. Many people are also introduced to their partners by their friends, so having a larger friend group increases the chances of that happening.
    • Work on improving yourself. The more you improve your situation, the more attractive you’ll be to others. Staying fit, improving your financial situation, learning new hobbies and volunteering are all great ways to improve your chances of finding a partner.

Source: WalletHub