HOUSTON IS A CITY KNOWN FOR A LOT OF THINGS — unfortunately, dating isn’t one of them.
Real Estate data company, Clever conducted a study on the best cities for singles and H-Town was listed as No. 6 for worst cities to date.
Using public data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Census, Yelp, and the Black Tux, the study ranks the 50 most populous metro areas in the U.S by costs of living, average date costs, percentage of unmarried residents, average star rating of date restaurants, and the number of entertainment options and restaurants per 100,000 residents.
Between our diverse cuisine and population, how did Houston rank so low? According to the study, Houston only offers 64 restaurants and 26 entertainment options per 100,000 people, compared to the nationwide average of 78 restaurants and 44 entertainment options per 100,000 residents.
Houston didn’t rank in the bottom alone — other major cities like San Jose and Riverside California, New York City, Washington D.C., Dallas and Seattle were also listed. However, compared to some other cities in the bottom 10, where an average date costs $127.79, the cost of a date in Houston is much lower, at $109.62 for rideshare, dinner, two drinks, and a movie. The nationwide average is $112.53.
Despite being more expensive, the bottom 10 cities also offered fewer options for date night activities — averaging 39 entertainment and recreation options per 100,000 people, compared to the 53 options offered in the top 15 cities.
The study determined that New Orleans, Louisiana is the No. 1 best place to date in the country with Milwaukee, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas following close behind. Austin, Texas made it in the top five, with an average date cost of $109.06, 51% of the population unmarried, 48 entertainment options, and 72 date-night approved restaurants.
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