For The Single And Seeking: The Best U.S. Cities To Find A Date In 2012 (Do You Already Live There??)

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The Top 15 Cities For Dating In 2012

Some of the cities that made this list will probably come as a surprise to you. Okay: most of them probably will. But this list is actually based on some science.

The good folks at The Daily Beast have named the top 25 cities in which to date in 2012 based on the following criteria:

Available singles: Using summary Census data from 2008 to 2010, we took into account the percentage of men who are single (never married, divorced, or widowed) over age 15, and the percentage of women over age 15 who are single; we also accounted for the percentage of total singles in each city. The cities that performed the best had a roughly equal percentage of single men and women, and a high percentage of overall singles.

Dating costs: Using cost-of-living data from the third quarter of 2011 and average-salary data for nonfamily households (people living alone or with nonrelatives) from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The cities that performed best had a relatively high average salary for singles and a low overall cost of living, freeing up more cash for dating.

Mental and physical health: Using the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which measures emotional and physical health, among other things—a city with healthy residents is a city where people are going to be more open to putting themselves out on the dating scene.

Finally, we used Google Trends to measure the popularity of five major dating websites: Match.com, eHarmony.com, okCupid.com, Plentyoffish.com, and Zoosk.com. A sliding scale of bonus points were given to cities that ranked in the top 10 for each website.

Hit the flip to see the top 15 cities to make the cut. We’re still scratching our heads at #1…

The Top 15 Cities For Dating In 2012

#15, San Diego, CA
Single men (percentage of the male population age 15 and older that is single)
: 55%
Single women: (percentage of the female population age 15 and older that is single): 55%
Median singles salary: $46,335
Average movie ticket: $11.26
Well-being score (Gallup): 68.7

The Top 15 Cities For Dating In 2012

#14, Phoenix, AZ
Single men:
54%
Single women: 54%
Median singles salary: $34,800
Average movie ticket: $9.62
Well-being score: 67

The Top 15 Cities For Dating In 2012

#13, Richmond, VA
Single men: 69%
Single women: 71%
Median singles salary: $30,070
Average movie ticket: $9.83
Well-being score: 66.9

The Top 15 Cities For Dating In 2012

#12, Boston, MA
Single men:
67%
Single women: 70%
Median singles salary: $41,493
Average movie ticket: $11.03
Well-being score: 68.9

The Top 15 Cities For Dating In 2012

11, Denver, CO
Single men: 58%
Single women: 59%
Median singles salary: $35,834
Average movie ticket: $10.25
Well-being score: 68.1

The Top 15 Cities For Dating In 2012

#10, Washington, DC
Single men:
69%
Single women: 74%
Median singles salary: $51,948
Average movie ticket: $11.03
Well-being score: 69.9

The Top 15 Cities For Dating In 2012

#9, Ann Arbor, MI
Single men:
65%
Single women: 67%
Median singles salary: $35,686
Average movie ticket: $8.07
Well-being score: 68.2

The Top 15 Cities For Dating In 2012

#8, San Francisco, CA
Single men:
61%
Single women: 61%
Median singles salary: $58,887
Average movie ticket: $10.70
Well-being score: 69.1

The Top 15 Cities For Dating In 2012

#7, Madison, WI
Single men:
58%
Single women: 61%
Median singles salary: $35,128
Average movie ticket: $9.46
Well-being score: 70.8

The Top 15 Cities For Dating In 2012

#6, Seattle, WA
Single men:
59%
Single women: 60%
Median singles salary: $44,179
Average movie ticket: $10.43
Well-being score: 69.2

The Top 15 Cities For Dating In 2012

#5, Minneapolis, MN
Single men:
65%
Single women: 66%
Median singles salary: $36,030
Average movie ticket: $9.42
Well-being score: 69

The Top 15 Cities For Dating In 2012

#4, Austin, TX
Single men:
57%
Single women: 57%
Median singles salary: $38,457
Average movie ticket: $9.58
Well-being score: 69.8

The Top 15 Cities For Dating In 2012

#3, Lincoln, NE
Single men:
51%
Single women: 51%
Median singles salary: $28,021
Average movie ticket: $9.00
Well-being score: 72.8

The Top 15 Cities For Dating In 2012

#2, Gainesville, FL
Single men:
73%
Single women: 75%
Median singles salary: $20,863
Average movie ticket: $8.86
Well-being score: 70.3

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