Think Dating In Jacksonville Is Hard? Study Explains Why

Dec 17, 2015

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Singles in Jacksonville may have a harder time finding love than their counterparts in most other cities. The River City ranks No. 123 out of 150 metropolises in WalletHub's list of 2015's best and worst places for dating

To evaluate the singles scene, the credit-score-tracking company and frequent list publisher rated each city on "dating economics" and "romance and fun."

Economic factors included the price of a single-bedroom apartment (Can I live here?); the cost of eating and drinking out in the city (Can I pick up my date's tab?); how much it costs to take a taxi (Am I getting home at the end of the night?); and the cost of beauty salon services (How good am I going to look on this date?). 

The "romance and fun" score is based on practical considerations like the number of single people who live in the city; the number of nightlife options per capita; and how many people own smartphones (Can I swipe right on people in this bar right now?). 

Jacksonville's dismal score isn't the worst among Florida cities. Port St. Lucie and Hialeah took the No. 138 and No. 149 spots, respectively. 

And sad singles tired of River City rejection might want to try their luck in nearby hook-up hotspots Orlando (No. 2), Tampa (No. 7),  Ft. Lauderdale (No. 17) or Tallahassee (No. 31).  Gainesville, while assumedly similar to Tallahassee, was not included on the WalletHub list. 

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Source: WalletHub

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