Single and looking for a Valentine to “complete” you? Move to Colorado Springs. Just want to have fun and enjoy the single life? Head over to San Francisco. And if you’re a single woman, avoid Memphis, Tennessee or prepare to get the claws out.
These are among some of the conclusions in the latest report out of a week-long Valentine’s Day series that looks at love in the age of Facebook and the best US cities for singles.
After combing through profiles in the US, Facebook data analysts came up with a series of handy little charts and graphs that could serve as a guideline for singletons on the lookout for love -- or girls who just wanna have fun.
First off, analysts looked at the cities with the greatest population of singles in the US. Topping that list is Detroit, followed by Los Angeles, New York, Miami and Memphis.
Then, for singletons looking to change their relationship status from single, divorced, separated or the catch-all title of ‘it’s complicated,’ analysts mined the data further to come up with categories like cities with the highest probability of coupling up, best cities for single women, and best cities for single men.
The list of cities that are most conducive to finding a ‘plus-one’ was determined based on the number of people who changed their relationship status from single to in a relationship during one month.
Turns out that while Colorado Springs is the most relationship-friendly, singles in Texas are also keen about finding a partner, as three of the top five cities are El Paso, Fort Worth and San Antonio. Louisville, Kentucky also ranked third in the list.
Then again, maybe you’ve just come out of a relationship and you want to enjoy your newfound freedom with like-minded revelry-rousers. In that case, head over to San Francisco, Washington, New York or LA, where there are lots of single people but there's a low coupledom rate.
And when it comes to raising your odds for finding a mate, the Facebook stats point out that female singletons may want to avoid cities like Memphis and Jacksonville, Florida, which have the most single women per single male -- making them havens for men.
Straight men who live in cities like San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle may be plumb out of luck if they’re looking for their female counterpart, as these cities have the most single males per single female.
- San Francisco