How much does an average date cost? From New York to Las Vegas, here's the price for every city

Jennifer Lopez once said, "Love don't cost a thing." But here's the problem: Dating, for better or worse, usually does cost a thing. 

And where you live makes a big difference in how great that cost really is. For example, if you live in San Francisco, a romantic evening out on the town could be a whole lot more expensive a similar night in Louisville, Ky.

So just how extreme are those differences? Well, thanks to a study by the men's fashion company Black Tux, we now have the answers.

The company's research compares the average price of a "standard date" in the country's 50 largest cities, including all of the expenses two people might incur during a romantic night together. That includes dinner (with a 20 percent tip), two movie tickets, two drink orders and two rideshare trips.

There are some usual suspects at the top of the list — many of the nation's most expensive cities to live in are also its most expensive for dating. The priciest of them all? New York City, where a typical date costs $155.78.

San Francisco slides in at second at $144.94, with San Jose, Ca., and Seattle trailing just behind. Unfortunately for Californians, five of the state's major cities appear in the top 10. 

And it's easy to see what makes the places at the top of the list so pricy. New York, for example, was the most expensive location for rideshare trips ($41.78 for two journeys), movies ($32 for two tickets) and drinks ($16 for two alcoholic beverages). Meanwhile, San Francisco was the costliest place to eat, with the average dinner costing a couple $68.40 with tip included.

Cities in the South and Midwest tended to fair a lot better, though. Oklahoma City came in as the least expensive place for a date, with a night out costing just $87.95 — nearly $70 less than in New York.

The next cheapest spots on the list — Milwaukee, Richmond, Va., Cincinnati, Charlotte, N.C., and Orlando — all also came in under $100.

So, how does your city stack up? To see a full breakdown of every major city — or if you're just curious why Detroit is apparently the cheapest place to buy a drink — check out the full chart below.


Fun and inexpensive date ideas
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Fun and inexpensive date ideas

Have a picnic

Head outside (or to your living room), lay out a big blanket and snack on your favorite sandwiches, cheeses and fruits.

Go bowling

Head to your local bowling alley for some good old fashioned fun.

Go to a comedy show

Laughter improves every date and a lively atmosphere makes for a memorable one (we love this for a first date idea too)!

Visit a dog park

Bring your own pup or play with the other furry friends at the dog park.

Play games at an arcade

From skee-ball to air hockey, there are tons of fun games to try together at an arcade.

Go to an aquarium

Take a trip to your nearest aquarium (or zoo!) and feel like a kid again.

Go on a bakery crawl

Spend your afternoon stopping by all of the local bakeries in your area and trying out their signature desserts.

Go dancing

Whether you sign up for a dance class or just stop by your local bar that has a great dance floor, shake up a regular date.

Take a swing at mini golf

This classic activity makes for a great way to spend an hour or two -- also another great first date idea!

Bike around town

Rent bikes and ride along your local main street or downtown area for a fun and scenic experience.

Go to a museum or gallery

Pretend to shop for fine art or go and see your favorite artist's best work at a museum.

Head to a concert

Support your local musicians by grabbing two cheap tickets to their latest gig at a bar or community center.

Cook dinner together

Instead of going out for a pricey meal, whip up your favorite dinner at home together.

Visit a food festival

Try a taste of different cuisines all day long at your local food truck or food fest.

Go to a wine tasting

Visit your favorite wine store and get the 411 on the best red and white wines that they have to offer.

Go to a matinee movie

Head to the movie theater at an off time for cheaper tickets and better seats!

Try roller skating

For a real TBT activity, find a roller rink in your area and skate around!

Take an art class

Let your inner artist shine at a painting, photography or pottery class. 

Go on a brewery tour 

Taste test and go behind the scenes at your local brewery to see your how your favorite beers are made.

Grab drinks on a rooftop

Whether at a hotel or rooftop restaurant, take in the view and some drinks.

Go to the amusement park

If the fair or carnival is in town, snack on funnel cake and ride the ferris wheel!


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