According to Forbes, New York City is the United States’ epicenter for dating with 35,000 restaurants, 3,800 bars and 734 museums, and a large number of singles using dating sites to find love. Singles in Jacksonville, FL, on the other hand, are making due with what they have as they’re apparently a little less aggressive when it comes to dating, falling last on the list. Close competition with NYC includes, Boston, Chicago, Seattle and Washington D.C., which round out the top five best cities for singles.
Milwaukee beat out other Midwestern cities such as Minneapolis (19), St. Louis (23) and Detroit (34), along with some metropolises with cool reps like Las Vegas (22), Miami (29), Phoenix (30) and San Diego (12). Still, Milwaukee falls behind our neighbors in the Windy City – Chicago landed at No. 3.
To determine the best city for singles, Forbes ranked 40 of the largest continental U.S. metropolitan areas in several different categories, including cost of living alone, culture, job growth, online dating, nightlife and number of singles. Forbes also ranked the states based on coolness. To determine this, a market research company asked adults from across the U.S. to identify which city they thought is the coolest out of those listed. This seems rather ambiguous considering what’s cool to one person probably isn’t cool to another. For instance, I think Milwaukee is much cooler than Atlanta, which took the No. 6 spot on the list. I also think the Packers are cooler than the Bears (Chicago ranked above Milwaukee). Furthermore, I'm sure more people have been to NYC or Chicago than Milwaukee...
OK, so I'm a little bias.
Anyway, after determining the full methodology for figuring which cities are best for singles, each metro was assigned a ranking of 1 to 40 in each of the seven categories, based on quantitative data. All categories were weighted equally. The numbers were then totaled to determine the final rankings for each of the 40 cities. You can find the entire list of best cities for single by clicking here.
Of course, not everyone will agree with some of the measures used to draw these conclusions. For instance, the nightlife rating was determined by calculating the total restaurants, bars, and nightclubs per person. However, a report on the quantity of eateries in a metro area says nothing of their quality or attractiveness to the single population. As another example, only data from Match.comwas used to assess each city's online dating culture, a measurement which excludes many other online dating heavyweights. For a more detailed explanation of the scoring system, head over here.
Do you live in or near any of the cities on the Forbes Best Cities for Singles list? If so, how do you think your city stacks up? Do you think the measures used for this study – like the average cost of a movie ticket and six-pack of Heineken – can provide valid conclusions about which cities are best for singles? If not, what measures would you use?
So, whether it means embracing online dating sites or buying the next round of Miller at a local bar, evidently there are plenty of other like-minded people on the prowl for all you singles in Milwaukee.