But until you meet your soul mate, you can expect to spend a little more than usual. But the share may be higher or lower in every city, and the ratio of women to men also will differ in each.
If your goal is to get to know someone and you're on a budget, prioritize dates that allow for conversation, rather than dates that have steep price tags but limited chance for meaningful self-disclosure.
By opting for contexts that allow for easy conversation (e.g., going for a walk in the park, meeting for coffee), you're giving yourself an opportunity to get to know your date, rather than spending money on a date that limits conversation (e.g., for a movie).
What should singles be looking for when choosing a city? Be sure to live somewhere with parks or opportunities to hike.
In addition to job and cost-of-living considerations, choose a city that provides opportunities for you to explore your interests and values. This will afford you opportunities to make friends with similar interests, which promotes higher levels of well-being and life satisfaction.
If you do have to move for work, try to find a location in the area that does this while maintaining a reasonable commute (an hour each way doesn’t allow much time for hobbies). In addition, this has the added advantage of putting you in proximity of potential romantic partners with similar interests and values, should you decide to find a partner.