Having trouble finding a date? It wouldn’t hurt to work on your opening line. Or upgrade your wardrobe. Or get a better haircut. But it may also be that you’re just in the wrong locale: When it comes to finding a date and a great place to take them, not all cities are created equal. Some don’t have many single folk to begin with; others don’t have a lot of fun bars or restaurants to entertain you and your date (if you find one).
To help figure out the cities with the best singles scenes, we pulled data from the U.S. Census, Bureau of Labor Statistics, WalletHub, and more, determining which metropolitan areas have the most dating spots per capita, the highest percentage of singles, and more. Together, these numbers show where the best singles scenes are and thus which cities are the best for dating—some are what you’d expect, but a few will probably surprise you.