By Caitlin Dewey
Landing on our list of worst cities for singles doesn't necessarily make a city a bad place to live. Far from it. Many of these cities are great for couples, families or retirees, and many offer enviable amenities, from warm weather to low living costs.
What these cities don't offer are deep pools of financially attractive singles. Like it or not, when it comes to dating, money matters -- at least to a degree. So while love might ultimately conquer all, a steady paycheck conquers the here and now -- the tab for dinner and the like.
To assemble our list of worst cities for singles, we started by screening for places where the percentage of unmarried households falls well below the national average of 49.4 percent. That indicates a lower share of single people in the overall population.
Then, we factored in income and cost of living based on data from the Census Bureau and the Council for Community and Economic Research. Although the bottom-10 cities have cost-of-living scores near or below average -- a good thing in and of itself -- household incomes run disproportionately below the average of $49,536.
We also added a date-night tab that shows the typical cost of a couple of movie tickets and a bottle of wine. The amount can be used to budget for your next night on the town. Check out the 10 worst cities for singles.
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By Caitlin Dewey