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One Bay Area city is the best if you are single

If your fingers are getting numb out from all that swiping left and right and you are starting to fret about having no one to smooch at midnight on New Year’s Eve, maybe it’s time to integrate some metrics into your search for romance.

Noting that almost half of the adult population in the U.S. is unmarried (never married, divorced or widowed), according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau estimates, WalletHub offers a shout-out to the lovelorn. That means there are about 111 million fish in the sea right now, so these intrepid researchers put together a shortlist of the best and worst places for singletons to make a love connection.

In order to pick the best cities for singles, WalletHub compared 182 cities, including the 150 most populated U.S. cities, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state — across three key dimensions: economics, fun and recreation and dating opportunities.

A classic postcard view of the Victorian houses lining San Francisco’sAlamo Square. (Getty Images) 

Given its over-the-top romantic views, it may not shock you that San Francisco got third place in the nation, coming in behind the top winner, Atlanta, and Denver in second place. The city by the bay was hailed for its vibrant nightlife, plentiful dating opportunities and low unemployment rate.

“The fun and recreation category is the city’s biggest strength,” says WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez. “San Francisco has some of the most attractions, restaurants, coffee shops in the country, as well as the most nightlife options and social clubs per capita. Its accessibility and walkability also encourage dating in the city.”

San Francisco did however get dinged for its pricey restaurant tabs, high salon costs and outrageous rents. Two other California cities cracked the top ten, San Diego (#4) and Los Angeles (#7).

This ranking tracks with another recent study from U.S. News and World Report which chose San Francisco as the number one best city to be single in the country.

Other notable findings in the Bay Area include that Fremont (#167) has one of the lowest percentages of singles but it also has a lot of opportunities for online dating. San Jose (#71), meanwhile, has some of the highest cost salons in the country.

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