Whether they do these things on dates or to learn what dating is like is open to interpretation.We subtracted points for places where people play a lot of computer games (Get out of the house, people.) and added points for people using dating sites and apps. Online dating was also high, in the 83rd percentile. Charleston, SC: Ranks second in the amount of lingerie shops per capita (behind Columbia, SC) Norfolk, VA: Came in near the top due to the exceptional amount of flowers that were brought as gifts for a special someone.Finally, we added in a couple of measures to find places that are good for everyone, like demographic diversity and cost of living.The result: 10 cities where it’s great to be single, but maybe good to find someone to stop being single as well. They’ve also developed a neat Flash feature based on our study.
The study is based on the most currently available figures from the Census Bureau (population characteristics and statistics), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (frequency of sexual partners), (online daters), and criteria from leading relationship experts who weighed categories in terms of dating importance.
Note: we recognize that this list is more geared toward being young-and-single than old-and-single – that might be a list for another day. We started by looking at places where there are plenty of singles to choose from, so we looked at the percentage of unmarried people, the percentage of the population in prime marriageable age, places where large percentages are living alone – that’s all Census data.
Then we asked our friends at Esri to help us find places where people are doing single-ish things.
8) were not a complete surprise – they are heavy-populated college towns and it’s easy for young singles to get together.” Austin, TX: Taking home the grand prize, Austin scores relatively high in everything, from frequency of dating partners to the number of establishments to meet people.
With that in mind, Livability set out to find the best places for singles.