Desperate for a date? Maybe you should move!

AXE Deodorant Body spray has teamed up with the experts at Sperling to find out "America's Best and Worst Cities for the Dating Game."

Looking for love?  It's time to put on that cowboy hat and head out to Austin, Texas.  This sunny city which is known for its great live music, tops the list as the best place to be single.   The city scored relatively high on most all of the criteria.  This includes: the number of singles ages 18-24, dating venues per capita (like bars and coffee shops) and how much money is spent socializing.  And these Texans sure look like they know how to have a good time!  Here's a quick look at some of the other cities that were in the top and bottom.

    Top Ten Best Cities to Hook Up In:
    
     1. Austin, TX
     2. Colorado Springs, CO
     3. San Diego, CA
     4. Raleigh/Durham, NC
     5. Seattle, WA
     6. Charleston, SC
     7. Norfolk, VA
     8. Ann Arbor, MI
     9. Springfield, MA
    10. Honolulu, HI

    
     Top Ten Worst Cities to Hook Up In:
    
     1. Kansas City, MO
     2. Wichita, KS
     3. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
     4. Detroit, MI
     5. Louisville, KY
     6. Greensboro/Winston-Salem, NC
     7. Atlanta, GA
     8. Pittsburgh, PA
     9. Houston, TX
     10. Charlotte, NC

 As you can see, we in Los Angeles didn't quite make it to the top ten (we were beaten by Fresno?).  But hey, at # 32 it least we're above average!  And if they measured our charm and good looks we'd out rank 'em all! 

Our position didn't surprise the experts however, "Large cities that everyone associates with socializing, like Los Angeles and Miami, did not rank particularly high, scoring lower in categories like coffee shops per capita and flowers bought as gifts," said Bert Sperling, president of Sperling's Best Places. "But cities like Austin (No. 1), Colorado Springs (No. 2) and Ann Arbor (No. 8) were not a complete surprise -- they are heavy-populated college towns and great places for young singles to get together."   Well, maybe we'll just have to take a little vacation (San Diego is soooooo close!).  Fleeting flings can be more fun anyway!

Check out how the experts explain their methodology:

AXE's "America's Best and Worst Cities for the Dating Game" study was conducted using 24 distinct criteria including, among others: population density, percentage of singles, frequency of hooking up, dating venues such as coffee shops, bars, and intimate apparel stores and flowers and jewelry bought as gifts.  

The study is based on the most currently available figures from the Census Bureau (population characteristics and statistics), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (frequency of sexual partners), Match.com (online daters), and criteria from leading relationship experts who weighed categories in terms of dating importance.

 

 

And the complete list of rankings are:

1. Austin, TX
2. Colorado Springs, CO
3. San Diego, CA
4. Raleigh/Durham, NC
5. Seattle, Washington
6. Charleston, SC
7. Norfolk, VA
8. Ann Arbor, MI
9. Springfield, MA
10. Honolulu, HI
11. Jersey City, NJ
12. Columbus, OH
13. Tacoma, WA                
14. Columbia, SC
15. Portland, OR
16. Denver, CO
17. Baton Rouge, LA
18. New York, NY
19. Oakland, CA
20. Providence, RI
21. Phoenix, AZ
22. Cincinnati, OH
23. Orlando, FL
24. Dayton, OH
25. Akron, OH
26. Fresno, CA
27. Gary, IN
28. Toledo, OH
29. Tuscon, AZ
30. Ft Worth, TX
31. New Orleans, LA
32. Los Angeles, CA
33. Albany, NY
34. Baltimore, MD
35. Newark, NY
36. Grand Rapids, MI
37. Omaha, NE
38. San Francisco, CA
39. San Jose, CA
40. Sacramento, CA
41. Salt Lake City, UT
42. Nashville, TN
43. Milwaukee, WI
44. Miami, FL
45. Oklahoma City, OK
46. Washington, D.C.
47. Little Rock, AK
48. Ventura, CA
49. Tampa, FL
50.  St Petersburg, FL
51. Riverside, CA
52. Dallas Texas, TC
53. Las Vegas, NV
54. Jacksonville, FL
55. Syracuse, NY
56. Chicago, IL
57. McAllen, TX
58. Fort Lauderdale, FL
59. Orange County, CA
60. Indianapolis, IN
61. Richmond, VA
62. Rochester, NY
63. Boston, MA
64. Philadelphia, PA
65. Albuquerque, TX
66. Memphis, TN
67. Cleveland, Ohio
68. Harrisburg, PA
69. St Louis, MO
70. Stockton, CA
71. Charlotte, NC
72. Houston, TX
73. Pittsburgh, PA
74. Atlanta, GA
75. Greensboro, NC
76. Louisville, KY
77. Detroit, MI
78. Minneapolis, MN
79. Wichita, KS
80. Kansas City, MO

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