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Monday, February 23, 2015

We're Number Six: Further Proof That San Francisco is One of the Best U.S. Cities for Singles

Posted By on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 2:20 PM

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  • Did your Valentine's Day look like this? Mainly we just thought this picture was awesome.
Remember a few months ago when we told you about three surveys that were conducted all showing that San Francisco is one of the best U.S. cities for singles? Well, in case you weren't quite convinced, there's another survey out now which shows that our city is, indeed, one of the best places in the U.S. for the romantically unattached.


Based on each city's number of singles, affordability of dates, and social scene, NerdWallet determined that San Francisco is the sixth best city for singles in the U.S., out of 20 other cities. 

(Boston, Massachusetts came in first, in case you were wondering.)

Using data from the latest U.S. Census, NerdWallet determined that 60.14 percent of San Francisco residents over the age of 15 are single. The same set of census data revealed that San Francisco also boasts 101 unmarried men for every 100 unmarried women, ranking it at  No. 1 in NerdWallet's list of best U.S. cities for single, straight women.

(San Francisco didn't even make it on NerdWallet's list of best U.S. cities for single, straight men, but Oakland came in at #9 out of 20, with Baltimore claiming  the  No. 1 spot.)

NerdWallet also used the latest census data to determine that San Francisco is (currently) home to three restaurants/bars/theaters/other places people go to have fun per every 1,000 people, giving it one of the highest ranks due to its social scene. 

San Francisco also earned a "walk score" of 83.90, meaning that it's relatively easy to explore the City by walking, which is a more feasible way to meet other (potentially single) people than driving or, probably, taking the Muni.

For some reason, another part of what landed San Francisco in the top ten best cities for singles was its "date affordability," although the survey also states that the cost of an average date in the City is apparently $102.00, which NerdWallet found by adding the price of a three-course meal for two people at a "mid-range restaurant" to the price of two movie tickets.

We don't necessarily consider spending $102 on a date "affordable," but in a city where the rent seems to increase every time we blink, maybe we should change our definition of "affordable." However, that ranking was also based on the median income for SF-based employees, which is $47,428, according to NerdWallet.

If you want to check out the ranking yourself, or find out more about how NerdWallet conducted their survey, check it out here

So, if the hottest thing that happened to you this past Valentine's Day was burning your mouth on the pizza you ordered during your Netflix marathon, and if you're not happy about that, there's hope for next year — you live in the sixth best city in the U.S. for being single.

And if you're cool with spending Valentine's Day with pizza and Netflix, that's cool too, and much cheaper, considering the average San Francisco date is apparently more than $100.

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