By Mary Boone
Looking for a date? According to a survey, Seattle may be the perfect place to make a love connection.
The 2012 survey, conducted by The Daily Beast, suggests that location can play a big role in the likelihood that you’ll find Miss or Mr. Right. The evaluation considered data regarding each city’s available singles, dating costs, and overall mental and physical health.
Among the nation’s 25 Best Cities in which to Find a Date, Seattle ranked No. 6. Nearby Bellevue was the only other Washington city to make the survey; it placed No. 16.
So, where’s the #1 city for U.S. singles in search of love? Atlanta comes out on top. The city’s “well-being score is 67.7 has an almost equal percentage of single women and single men (69 percent and 71 percent respectively) and a median singles salary of $38,174. Atlanta’s vibrant neighborhoods include Buckhead, Midtown, Old Fourth Ward and Little Five Points.
Seattle scored well across the board. According to summary U.S. Census data from 2008 to 2010, 59 percent of Seattle men, over age 15, are single; similarly, 60 percent of the city’s over-15 female population is single. Cities that performed the best in the survey had a roughly equal percentage of single men and women, and a high percentage of overall singles.
Seattle’s median single’s salary of $44,179 and average movie ticket cost of $10.43 were among factors indicating area singles have plenty of cash available for dating.
Reasoning that a city with healthy residents is a city where people are willing to put themselves out on the dating scene, the survey also relied upon the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, a measurement of emotional and physical health. Seattle’s “Well-being” score was 69.2, a computation that recognizes a below-the-national-average ranking when it comes to percentages of residents who are obese or suffer from diabetes. Seattle also has higher than average percentages of residents who exercise regularly, eat fresh produce and have optimism in their city.
With Seattle’s hip neighborhoods – think Belltown, Capitol Hill, Fremont and others – it’s hard to believe there are cities with better dating scenes. The Daily Beast, survey, however, ranked five cities above Seattle. Gainesville, Fla., Lincoln, Neb., Austin, Texas, and Minneapolis placed second through fifth, respectively.