Finding love in Michigan

Is where you’re living getting in the way of you finding true love? Maybe. And, if that’s true, then you have an excuse to give your pestering relatives when they ask you why you’re single once the holidays roll around.

According to a new study, many U.S. cities have a demographic makeup that make them really bad for dating, while others are excellent for it. Researchers at Sperling’s BestPlaces used several key factors with U.S. Census data to create the ranking, such as percentage of singles ages 18-24, population and number of dating venues per capita. Those venues would be places such as restaurants, coffee shops and bars- spots people often frequent when going on dates. I think they also should have included record stores, because those are great places for a first date, but they didn’t ask me.

“Hooking that hottie is hard enough without the odds stacked against you, so the city researchers at Sperling’s BestPlaces have identified for you ‘America’s Best and Worst Cities for Dating,'” the study reads. “The study is based on criteria that includes percentage of singles ages 18-24, population density, and dating venues per capita such as concerts, coffee shops, bars, bowling alleys, etc., and includes 80 metro areas in America. We teamed up with AXE Deodorant Bodyspray, which specializes in the dating game, to find out which city is revered as the D.C. (Dating Capital) of the U.S.”

As it turns out, one Michigan city is one of the best in America for dating, while another is at the bottom. Many of the best cities for dating are surprising, too, as they aren’t the big meccas that usually show up on these lists. Read on for the top 10 cities for dating in America. Find more information on the study on dating in the U.S. here.

  • Best Cities for Dating

    This list is via BestPlaces.net.

  • 10. Honolulu, HI

    Um, yes, I’d move to Hawaii for any reason, actually.

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  • 9. Springfield, MA

    Who would have thought Springfield would be such a mecca for love? “Springfield scores high in many categories, among them are percentage of singles, health clubs per capita and bars per capita in the area,” BestPlaces.net states.

    Springfield, MA

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  • 8. Ann Arbor, MI

    It seems like Ann Arbor is on almost every “best of” list imaginable, and now, they’re on this list for great cities for dating. “Scores in the 98th percentile for percentage of singles and ranks high in the dining out category as well,” the publication also states.

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  • 7. Norfolk, VA

    Norfolk is apparently a great place to find love. “Came in near the top due to the exceptional amount of flowers that were brought as gifts for a special someone,” BestPlaces.net states.

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  • 6. Charleston, SC

    Charleston is also No. 10 on the publication’s list for Best Cities for Teleworking.

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  • 5. Seattle, WA

    Of course the city that “Sleepless in Seattle” was based on would be on this list.

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  • 4. Raleigh/Durham, NC

    Raleigh/Durham is also No. 16 on the publication’s list of Best Green Cities in America.

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  • 3. San Diego, CA

    San Diego is also No. 2 on the outlet’s list of America’s Most Playful Cities.

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  • 2. Colorado Springs, CO

    Colorado Springs is also No. 3 on the outlet’s list of Best Cities After Military Service.

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  • 1. 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,” BestPlaces.net states.

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  • Worst Cities for Dating

    Of course, some cities were also the worst for dating. Detroit came in at No. 4 on the tally. “Pittsburgh (overall No. 73 ranking) and Detroit (overall No. 77) are among cities with the lowest number of 18-24 year olds.” Pittsburgh was No. 8 on the list of the worst cities for dating. Find the rest of the tally here.

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