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Single? Facebook calculated where you need to move for love

Facebook just made science out of our romantic musings. 


Molly McHugh


Posted on Feb 16, 2014   Updated on May 31, 2021, 6:10 pm CDT

Valentine’s Day is over, right? Wrong!

If only it were that simple. Instead, we’re all horrible monsters who insist on Facebooking, Instagramming, and tweeting evidence of how freaking great our significant others are (or how single we are, haha, it’s so funny, look I’m eating pizza in sweats!). We draw that crap out for as long as possible. If a bouquet of flowers and chocolates are delivered and 500 friends aren’t notified via Facebook, did it even happen!??!??!!

Yep, it did, but as a recent Facebook study can attest to, we post all that proof regardless. This week the Facebook Data Science Team quantified everything we share about our relationships, with some astounding results. The most interesting thing Facebook’s research found was where we should all be moving, given our relationship expectations.

If you like being single and want to keep it that way, you need to hit up:

1. Detroit, MI
2. Los Angeles, CA
3. New York, NY
4. Miami, FL
5. Memphis, TN

Facebook says those are the cities where the most singles thrive. “In a city where everyone is paired up, the incentive to pair up is even stronger, while cities like New York and Miami are places that people go to be single.”

If you’re looking to move somewhere with better odds of becoming attached, you need to check out:

1. Colorado Springs, CO
2. El Paso, TX
3. Louisville, KY
4. Forth Worth, TX
5. San Antonio, TX

Something tells me that the general population in Texas is into getting married. Well color me not surprised at all!

But let’s get more specific. Where should you move if you’re a dude who likes ladies? What are the cities with the best single-women-to-single-man ratio.

1. Memphis, TN
2. Jacksonville, FL
3. Fort Worth, TX
4. Charlotte, NC
5. Richmond, VA

And what about single men per single woman?

1. San Francisco, CA
2. San, Jose, CA
3. Seattle, WA
4. Salt Lake City, UT
5. San Diego, CA

Well I guess the brogrammer paradigm is getting some backup here. If you’re looking, ladies, hit up the tech epicenters. And I can tell you from experience (I live here) that Seattle is a very guy-heavy city. Just be warned, there are also a lot of universities in the area, so prepare yourselves for baby faces (and baby levels of emotional maturity). And while it might be raining men, it’s also raining rain. Like, a lot of rain. 

H/T Facebook Newsroom | Photo via Facebook


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*First Published: Feb 16, 2014, 3:07 pm CST