Support local journalism. Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

According to WalletHub, Orlando and Salt Lake City are the two best cities for singles ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Posted By on Tue, Dec 22, 2015 at 2:53 PM

Last week, WalletHub (a company which might exist simply to put out statistical surveys that make you go "wait what now?") informed us that they had put together a list of the Top 10 Best and Worst Cities for Singles.

No. 1? Salt Lake City. No. 2? Orlando, the City Beautiful. 

  • via Giphy
WalletHub: "To identify the cities in which singles have the highest chance of finding a significant other, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 most populated U.S. cities across 25 key metrics. Our data set ranges from the percentage of singles to the number of online-dating opportunities to the number of attractions in each city."

Us: "Well, OK ...." The key metrics:

The Dating Scene in Orlando (1=Best; 75=Avg.)
1st – Number of Nightlife Options per Capita
1st – Number of Restaurants per Capita
8th – Number of Cafes per Capita
33rd – Mobile Dating Opportunities
33rd – % of Single Persons
48th – Online Dating Opportunities

However, this writer at Paste wasn't going to let it go that easily. Shane Ryan's rant was a lot more amusing than the original survey, and it's worth a visit. Highlight: "Here’s who you can actually date in Orlando: a woman with rashes everywhere because she has to wear a Daisy Duck costume in 120-degree heat from April to September."

Orlando is the place where I witnessed an unhinged woman scream at a McDonald’s drive-thru attendant about orange juice, and realized it was one of the most charming things I had seen during my entire stay. There is no way—no possible way—that it is anywhere near the best city for singles. I was going to say that I’d rather be single in hell, but then I realized that hell is Orlando in summer. Tricked myself!

We hate to say it, but maybe Ryan's got a point? We definitely agree with this:


WalletHub:  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯LOL

The 10 Best:
1 Salt Lake City, UT
2 Orlando, FL
3 Tempe, AZ
4 Atlanta, GA
5 Scottsdale, AZ
6 Austin, TX
7 Tampa, FL
8 Reno, NV
9 Cincinnati, OH
10 San Francisco, CA

The 10 Worst:
141 Aurora, IL
142 Jersey City, NJ
143 Oxnard, CA
144 Chula Vista, CA
145 Columbus, GA
146 Detroit, MI
147 Glendale, CA
148 North Las Vegas, NV
149 Hialeah, FL
150 Yonkers, NY


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

December 1, 2021

View more issues


© 2021 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation