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SF Is the Best City in America to Cruise for Singles

Scott Lucas | February 11, 2014 | Lifestyle Story City Life

Not to put any pressure on you, but if you still don't have a date for Friday night, you can't blame the city you're living in. San Francisco just was ranked the best place in the country to be single. Better than LA, better the New York. Better than anywhere else.

The latest numbers comes from real estate website, which released its rankings of the best cities for singles in America today. Go us.

That's right, we're the number one city in the United States in which to be single. (They don't list the bottom town, but we have to guess it's Salt Lake City.) We made it to the top based on our high proportion of singles (52.4%), high amounts of average disposable income, and number of potential spots to bring a date. Number two was Las Vegas and number three was Los Angeles. The full list follows:

1. San Francisco, CA
2. Las Vegas, NV
3. Los Angeles, CA
4. Boston, MA
5. Hartford, CT
6. Austin, TX
7. Seattle, WA
8. Baltimore, MD
9. Richmond, VA
10. Philadelphia, PA

Now the fine print.

Zillow constructed the rankings from three categories of data: proportion of singles, average income after rent (that's the income that can go towards those carrots), and number of possible date spots. Data of singles comes from the American Community Survey. Disposable income is based on subtracting Zillow's rent index from the ACS data on average income. Date spots are measured by restaurants, bars, and entertainment (museums, parks, zoos etc.) per capita.

(Each category was weighted evenly to construct the final ranking, which is, of course, crazy. How does the potential supply of date spots factor into anyone's calculation about dating ever? "Gee, I'd love to ask out that cute girl who always smiles me on the 38 Geary, but gosh darn, there just aren't enough zoos here. Oh well, back to Flappy Birds.")

Face it: Indices constructed using sketchily operationalized inputs are the one night stands with old flames of the social science world. It may seem like a good idea right now, but you'll wake up tomorrow feeling grimy and sad. And before you ask us, yes, given the state-by-state fight for marriage equality, this index is probably just tracking the cities that have high populations of LGBT people. Hey, this is Valentine's Day Week—we're at Peak Hetero from here to Friday. It's like Pride Week for the straights.

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