Last week, WalletHub (a company which might exist simply to put out statistical surveys that make you go "wait what now?") informed us that they had put together a list of the Top 10 Best and Worst Cities for Singles
No. 1? Salt Lake City. No. 2? Orlando, the City Beautiful.
WalletHub: "To identify the cities in which singles have the highest chance of finding a significant other, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 most populated U.S. cities across 25 key metrics. Our data set ranges from the percentage of singles to the number of online-dating opportunities to the number of attractions in each city."
Us: "Well, OK ...." The key metrics:
The Dating Scene in Orlando (1=Best; 75=Avg.)
1st – Number of Nightlife Options per Capita
1st – Number of Restaurants per Capita
8th – Number of Cafes per Capita
33rd – Mobile Dating Opportunities
33rd – % of Single Persons
48th – Online Dating Opportunities
However, this writer at Paste
wasn't going to let it go that easily. Shane Ryan's rant was a lot more amusing than the original survey, and it's worth a visit. Highlight: "Here’s who you can actually date in Orlando: a woman with rashes everywhere because she has to wear a Daisy Duck costume in 120-degree heat from April to September."
Orlando is the place where I witnessed an unhinged woman scream at a McDonald’s drive-thru attendant about orange juice, and realized it was one of the most charming things I had seen during my entire stay. There is no way—no possible way—that it is anywhere near the best city for singles. I was going to say that I’d rather be single in hell, but then I realized that hell is Orlando in summer. Tricked myself!
We hate to say it, but maybe Ryan's got a point? We definitely agree with this:
WHAT IS YOUR METHODOLOGY, WALLETHUB? WHO ARE YOU?!
The 10 Best:
1 Salt Lake City, UT
2 Orlando, FL
3 Tempe, AZ
4 Atlanta, GA
5 Scottsdale, AZ
6 Austin, TX
7 Tampa, FL
8 Reno, NV
9 Cincinnati, OH
10 San Francisco, CA
The 10 Worst:
141 Aurora, IL
142 Jersey City, NJ
143 Oxnard, CA
144 Chula Vista, CA
145 Columbus, GA
146 Detroit, MI
147 Glendale, CA
148 North Las Vegas, NV
149 Hialeah, FL
150 Yonkers, NY