New Haven and Hartford are two of the best cities nationwide for singles

Jessika Harkay, Hartford Courant
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Out of 150 of the most populated cities nationwide, New Haven is the second best spot for singles, dating website, MyDatingAdviser reported.

From Nebraska, to Texas, to Rhode Island, the dating website analyzed four dimensions: popular attributes, romance, quality of life and affordability from each city. Out of a total score of 100, which meant the best for dating, New Haven came in with a score of 64.6, right behind Lincoln, Nebraska, at 64.9.

Popular attributes included a share of single adults, population diversity, educational attainment, well-being and life expectancy. While the romance factor focused on marriage rates, sexual activity, LGBTQ+ dating, the cost of a bottle of wine and dining.

Quality of life looked at environmental factors, including pollution, health care and safety as affordability looked at finances such as the average salary, median home price and median monthly rent.

From the 150 cities included in the study, New Haven ranked 111 on affordability, second in romance, 22 in popular attributes and 28 in quality of life.

“New Haven is home to fine dining restaurants, museums with artistic treasures, a budding live music scene, the Quinnipiac River, and the home of Yale University. With 54.90% of the population single, New Haven is a great place to find love,” MyDatingAdviser Director Amy Pritchett said.

A few of the factors that made New Haven a single-friendly city included a low unemployment rate at 2.9% compared to the national average at 6.0% as of April 2021, low cost of dining where one can find a meal for two around $50 or a bottle of wine for $11 or that out of 100 points, New Haven residents scored 71.79 in sexual activity.

Other factors included a quicker commute to work (25.9 minutes compared to 27 nationally) and low pollution score (25.52 out of 100), alongside a higher average annual salary, at $57,920, than the rest of the country at $51,168.

Hartford was listed at No. 16. with a score of 58.8. The capitol city trailed with a rank of 137 of 150 in quality of life, but was fourth in romance, 23 in popular attributes and 35 in affordability.

The top 10 cities for singles are:

  • Lincoln, Nebraska

  • New Haven, Connecticut

  • Buffalo, New York

  • Lakeland, Florida

  • Jacksonville, Florida

  • Springfield, Massachusetts

  • Kalamazoo, Michigan

  • Albany, New York

  • San Diego, California

  • Ocala, Florida

Meanwhile the worst cities were:

  • Nashville, Tennessee

  • Worcester, Maine

  • Memphis, Tennessee

  • San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • Mobile, Alabama

  • Allentown, Pennsylvania

  • Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Louisville, Kentucky

  • New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Brownsville, Texas

For more information visit https://mydatingadviser.com/best-worst-cities-for-singles/ or contact Pritchett at amy@mydatingadviser.com.

Jessika Harkay can be reached at jharkay@courant.com.