It’s not you, it’s the city. Or so says the recent study declaring Boston to be the best city in the country for single men.
Certain urban environments are more likely to foster new relationships than others according to the study conducted by Nerdwallet, a personal finance and credit card comparison website.
The site found Boston’s offering of affordable dates, multiple places to meet people and a higher percentage of single women the ideal situation for the single man.
The Hub came in first ahead of Baltimore, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Denver, Fort Worth, Texas, Seattle, Chicago, San Francisco and Indianapolis, in that order. The study did not name the worst cities for single men.
The study was conducted by looking at the number of unmarried men per 100 unmarried women, the number of bars and gyms per 1,000 residents, the cost of a date and the unemployment rate of the city. The number of unmarried men per 100 unmarried women was weighted twice as much as the other measures.
Boston’s first-place ranking resulted from unmarried women outranking unmarried men, a variety of date options and a relatively low unemployment rate, at 7.1 percent according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A handful of men said they were not surprised by the study’s findings, attesting to dating successes in Beantown.
Jacob Liman, 34, a resident of Somerville, said he has lived in the Boston area for more than ten years and met his current girlfriend here.
“I guess that sounds pretty accurate,” he said of the study. “I met my girlfriend here and when we first started dating, we had a lot of fun going out to different places in the city.”
Harry Klien, 29, a resident of Brighton said that he was happy with his dating life here in the city.
“I’ve dated a couple girls since I’ve lived here,” he said. “And yeah, I guess it was pretty easy to meet people. The bar scene really helps with that.”
Sixty-two-year-old Jeff Bullock, a resident of Boston, said he was was amused by the study.
“I have been divorced for several years so I’m not really sure how much this applies to me,” he said. “But hey, you know maybe that means there is still hope for me!”