Relocating for a career opportunity is fairly common, but what about moving to increase your odds of finding a soulmate? Zillow recently revealed the best metros to find love. The rankings are based on the population of single residents and the number of single newcomers. Other factors in the mix include the number of date spots, like restaurants and bars, and the median income of residents 18 and older.
Boston secured the top spot with 66 percent of its population consisting of singles and a staggering 159 romantic meeting places per 10,000 people. Despite the steep cost of apartments, Boston singles, with a median income of $25,000, have a little more dough to spend on their dates.
New Orleans may have a party reputation, but it also ranks as the second-best place in the U.S. to find a match. Fifty-nine percent of NOLA residents are single, and there are 51 date spots per 10,000 residents.
As Zillow’s research indicates, finding a partner may also help offset the high costs of housing. Although married couples represent 60 percent of home buyers, the number of unmarried couples transitioning to home ownership is climbing. In 2015, unmarried couples represented 15 percent of all home buyers compared to 11 percent a decade ago. Meanwhile, the percentage of single home buyers dropped from 31 percent to 25 percent between 2010 and 2015. With two incomes, setting aside money for a down payment is significantly easier given the current trend of rising home prices nationwide.
Check out the full breakdown of metros where love, and perhaps homeownership, is on the horizon.