If you’re single and looking for a great guy, how many times have you cursed the city you live in for its lack of eligible bachelors? Maybe you’ve even contemplated moving somewhere else where the pickins are a bit more favorable. Luckily, The Daily Beast has taken all the guess work out of where your next home should be. They searched cities around the country and found the best (and worst) spots to meet men. Measuring cities with populations of at least 500,000, they ruled out suburbs (too many married men) and focused “primarily on which places had the highest numbers of eligible men, percentage-wise.” They also “gave credit to cities with the highest percentage of single men with four-year college degrees,” as well as those with the most places to meet men per capita, including gyms, bars, restaurants, clubs, and theaters (what, no dog parks??). In total, 36 cities were included in the “very scientific” study. After the jump, check out the top ten best and the top ten worst.The Best
Whether it’s the southern hospitality or the sub-tropical breezes, something about Atlanta is attracting all the right men.
With over 50 institutions of higher learning in the Boston area, the city has always been an ideal destination for the young and upwardly mobile.
Microsoft, Boeing, and other tech companies that have sprung up around Seattle draw thousands of smart, educated guys from all over the world.
4. San Francisco
With those smarty-pants from Google and Facebook buzzing around on their scooters, intelligent guys with great careers are plentiful in San Francisco.
5. Minneapolis-St. Paul
The Land of 10,000 Lakes might safely be renamed the Land of 10,000 Dates.
6. Washington, DC
A city that’s all about networking unwinds at some of the best happy hours in the country, and unlike its hipper neighbor New York, people actually have time for a social life.
An exuberant nightlife, year-round festivals, and thousands of U.T. undergrads make the state capital a haven for art and tech lovers alike.
What it lacks in educated men (it ranked 24th in number of bachelors degrees) Miami makes up for in gyms and social life, coming in at #2 and #1, respectively.
9. San Diego
Like Miami’s beach bunnies, San Diegans tend to have great tans, great hair, great bodies, and because of the city’s high cost of living, lucrative jobs.
A growing arts district, top-notch microbreweries, and the nearby Rocky Mountains make the city scenic, fun, and appealing to outdoorsy singles.
OK, a summary: Boston’s got the yuppies; Seattle and SF have geeks; DC boys like to drink; Denver boys like to drink and hike; and the guys in Miami and San Diego have hot bods.
27. San Jose
Compared to its more cosmopolitan sister city to the north, San Francisco, the geekier San Jose has a hard time hosting singles who want to mingle.
The Indianapolis 500 might as well refer to the number of eligible men left in this city.
You’re more likely to find a good BBQ joint here than a guy with washboard abs.
30. Las Vegas
All those wedding chapels must be for out-of-towners — for singles unfortunate enough to live in Sin City, good luck getting hitched.
This sleepy southwestern town has Native American folklore and petroglyphs, but slim pickings for social life.
32. Oklahoma City
The Oklahoma Christian University lists Krispy Kreme as one of 76 places to take your date in Oklahoma City. Another suggestion: Sam’s Club, for the free samples.
Situated in the heart of the Bible Belt, most of the men here are already taken.
34. San Antonio
So unless there’s a convention in town (and there usually is) the options in this city can be few and far between.
35. Jacksonville, FL
This is the city that never seems to end, sprawling for nearly 900 square miles. Despite all that space, Jacksonville has hardly any single guys.
36. El Paso, TX
El Paso came in dead last in three of our four categories (single guys, social life, and gyms) and nearly last in education.
Summary: All the guys in these cities seem to be fat, uneducated, and/or taken, I guess. But, what, I ask you, is so wrong with taking a date to Krispy Kreme? Obviously, the editors at The Daily Beast do not understand delicious cuisine.
Check out the full list at The Daily Beast to see how the other 16 cities in the study ranked and let us know in the comments if you agree with the findings for your hometown.