Another Top-10 List — Best (and Worst) Metros for Dating 2018

Want to know the best places to find the love of your life or perhaps where to avoid the dating deserts out there?    There could not be a more appropriate topic this Valentine’s day than talking about’s ranking of best metros for dating in 2018.

To find out where dating satisfaction was the best and where it was a challenge, Apartment List examined survey responses from almost 11,000 singles across the country living in apartments.  The surveys were gathered from February 14, 2017 and January 17, 2018.  In addition to dating satisfaction also included in the their survey were questions such demographics of education (no college degree, college degree) and overall satisfaction with the metro.  By the way, there was a positive correlation between overall satisfaction of the metro and dating  coming in at 57 percent.

The rankings were based on the percentage of single renters reporting being either Very Satisfied or Somewhat Satisfied with the Opportunities to Date and Make Friends in their metro.   Possible responses to the dating question included:

  • Very Satisfied
  • Somewhat Satisfied
  • Neutral
  • Somewhat Unsatisfied
  • Very Unsatisfied

Inclusion in the list of 70 metros required a minimum 25 samples per metro.  Gender breakdown satisfaction inclusion prerequisite was a minimum 20 responses from both men and women per metro.

So where is dating likely hot and likely not based on’s surveys and findings?

The first table details the top-10 dating markets based on satisfaction.  If you are looking for love, the Carolina’s garnered four of the top-10 rankings: Charleston (2), Charlotte (7) Raleigh, and Durham (9).  Just two cities west of the Mississippi made the top-10:  Denver (3) and Austin (4).

As always, for every winner there is a loser.   The following table shows the overall bottom-ranked 10 metros.  Connecticut posted three of the bottom 10 satisfaction dating metros:  Bridgeport (69), New Haven (28) and Hartford (66) out of the 70 ranked metros.

Naturally there are some metros where men are happier than women, and vice versa.  The following two tables rank overall satisfaction by gender for the top-10 findings.  From the perspective of women, four of the top cities for dating satisfaction are from Texas:  Austin (2), San Antonio (6), Houston (7), and Dallas (9).  Men were much happier than women overall in almost two-thirds of the metros.

To see the results and rankings for the 70 metros making the list click

Thanks for these fun findings this Valentine’s day 2018.

Can you still find the love of your life in the lower ranked cities (or those not even on the list)?   You bet, and this Valentine’s day may be the time to start!

Good luck out there singles.


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