Are you getting lucky this new year? Depends on where you live!

If you rang in the new year depressed and alone, ashing a limp cigarette into your party hat and moaning about the fact that you didn’t have anyone to kiss under the wilting (but still hopeful) mistletoe at midnight, chin up — it’s a new year! Although I hope your resolution isn’t to find a boyfriend (obviously, you want Mr. Right, not Mr. Right for Right Now), I can’t control what you do, where you go, or where you might move in the name of love (I moved to London for love in my infancy at the tender age of 23, so I can hardly talk). The Daily Beast has quite thoughtfully put together a hit list for 2012 of the best American cities to find a romantic partner in crime in the new year. They’ve factored in the number of singles per area using Census data from 2008-2010, ratio of women to men, cost of living data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the mental and emotional health of the respective cities residents from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. So in case you were wondering, “Well, who died and made those Beasts king of all romantic knowledge?” well, I’d say they’ve made a pretty strong case for their results. So get on with your bad selves this year and prepare to do some traveling…especially to Nebraska. Weird, I know, but trust me…those boys are smokin’ hot. On that happy note, I wish you loads of luck. I also wish you’d remove yourself from your sad slump and pop open a bottle of champagne STAT. Getting depressed over stupid boys — or even a lack of one — is so 2011.


#1, Atlanta, GA

Single men: 69%
Single women:
71%
Median singles salary:
$38,174
Average movie ticket:
$10.52
Well-being score:
67.7

#2, Gainesville, FL

Single men: 73%
Single women:
75%
Median singles salary:
$20,863
Average movie ticket:
$8.86
Well-being score:
70.3

#3, Lincoln, NE

Single men: 51%
Single women:
51%
Median singles salary:
$28,021
Average movie ticket:
$9.00
Well-being score:
72.8

#4, Austin, TX

Single men: 57%
Single women:
57%
Median singles salary:
$38,457
Average movie ticket:
$9.58
Well-being score:
69.8

#5, Minneapolis, MN

Single men: 65%
Single women:
66%
Median singles salary:
$36,030
Average movie ticket:
$9.42
Well-being score:
69

#6, Seattle, WA

Single men: 59%
Single women:
60%
Median singles salary:
$44,179
Average movie ticket:
$10.43
Well-being score:
69.2

#7, Madison, WI

Single men: 58%
Single women:
61%
Median singles salary:
$35,128
Average movie ticket:
$9.46
Well-being score:
70.8

#8, San Francisco, CA

Single men: 61%
Single women:
61%
Median singles salary:
$58,887
Average movie ticket:
$10.70
Well-being score:
69.1

#9, Ann Arbor, MI

Single men: 65%
Single women:
67%
Median singles salary:
$35,686
Average movie ticket:
$8.07
Well-being score:
68.2

#10, Washington, DC

Single men: 69%
Single women:
74%
Median singles salary:
$51,948
Average movie ticket:
$11.03
Well-being score:
69.9

#11, Denver, CO

Single men: 58%
Single women:
59%
Median singles salary:
$35,834
Average movie ticket:
$10.25
Well-being score:
68.1

#12, Boston, MA

Single men: 67%
Single women:
70%
Median singles salary:
$41,493
Average movie ticket:
$11.03
Well-being score:
68.9

#13, Richmond, VA

Single men: 69%
Single women:
71%
Median singles salary:
$30,070
Average movie ticket:
$9.83
Well-being score:
66.9

#14, Phoenix, AZ

Single men: 54%
Single women:
54%
Median singles salary:
$34,800
Average movie ticket:
$9.62
Well-being score:
67

#15, San Diego, CA

Single men: 55%
Single women:
55%
Median singles salary:
$46,335
Average movie ticket:
$11.26
Well-being score:
68.7

#16, Bellevue, WA

Single men: 41%
Single women:
42%
Median singles salary:
$55,114
Average movie ticket:
$10.43
Well-being score:
69.2

#17, Raleigh, NC

Single men: 54%
Single women:
57%
Median singles salary:
$39,011
Average movie ticket:
$7.66
Well-being score:
68.7

#18, Rochester, NY

Single men: 68%
Single women:
70%
Median singles salary:
$24,117
Average movie ticket:
$9.51
Well-being score:
67.2

#19, Dallas, TX

Single men: 55%
Single women:
56%
Median singles salary:
$35,641
Average movie ticket:
$9.14
Well-being score:
67.3

#20, Salt Lake City, UT

Single men: 55%
Single women:
55%
Median singles salary:
$30,727
Average movie ticket:
$8.37
Well-being score:
66.9

#21, Alexandria, VA

Single men: 53%
Single women:
59%
Median singles salary:
$66,971
Average movie ticket:
$11.03
Well-being score:
69.8

#22, Houston, TX

Single men: 53%
Single women:
54%
Median singles salary:
$35,170
Average movie ticket:
$9.43
Well-being score:
66.7

#23, Norfolk, VA

Single men: 62%
Single women:
60%
Median singles salary:
$31,655
Average movie ticket:
$9.41
Well-being score:
67.3

#24, Orlando, FL

Single men: 60%
Single women:
61%
Median singles salary:
$34,736
Average movie ticket:
$10.02
Well-being score:
65.8

#25, San Jose, CA

Single men (percentage of the male population age 15 and older that is single): 47%
Single women: (percentage of the female population age 15 and older that is single):
48%
Median singles salary:
$50,457
Average movie ticket:
$10.70
Well-being score (Gallup):
69.7

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  1. Baby Girl says:

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    Keep up the good work , and keep posting for 2012 all the best!

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