Beyoncé doesn't hang her hat in Houston these days, and rightly so: H-Town is a hot spot for all the single ladies, and Beyoncé ain't one. In fact, three Texas cities rank among the ten best in the country for unattached, heterosexual women looking for a date, or so says a February 3 study from NerdWallet.com.
The personal finance website's calculations are based on five metrics: The ratio of single women to single men; the number of bars and gyms per 1,000 residents; the city's "walkability"; the unemployment rate; and the cost of a cheap date.
What's a cheap date? A movie ticket, a 12-inch Pizza Hut pizza, and a 6-pack of Heineken. That's what NerdWallet used in its calculations, though we're quite confident Texans would be a little more creative.
Austin tops the Texas contenders, coming in at no. 5 in the nation. The ratio of unmarried women to unmarried men is 119.6 to 100, the unemployment rate is low, and there's a thriving live music scene.
At no. 7, Houston also has a strong ratio of single women to men (115 to 100). Again, unemployment is low, and living costs are affordable. NerdWallet cites the abundance of "delicious Tex-Mex restaurants" for date options, but makes no mention of the thriving arts scene and sporting events that are always on hand in Houston.
Rounding out the list at no. 10 is the Big D, which has 115.5 men to every 100 women, low unemployment, and a low cost of living, authentic barbecue and Mexican food, and abundant arts and sporting options. In addition, NerdWallet gives Dallas props for its hiking and biking offerings, which somehow went unmentioned in Austin's blurb.
The Top 10:
1. San Francisco
3. San Diego
6. San Jose