San Francisco Named Most Expensive City for Singles

Seven of the 15 most expensive cities for singles are in the Golden State. See the full list of most and least expensive cities for singles from GOBankingRates.

Jul 28, 2015, 09:45 ET from GOBankingRates

LOS ANGELES, July 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- San Francisco is the most expensive city for singles, while Chattanooga, Tenn.  is the least, a new study from personal finance website GOBankingRates found. The report surveyed the largest cities in the U.S. on the factors that have the most effect on a single person's budget: clothing, dates, gym memberships and rent per square foot.

"Movies and TV shows glamorize being single in a big city, but the unspoken factor is how incredibly expensive it can be," said GOBankingRates Editor-in-Chief Casey Bond. "Costs run especially high in major cities like New York, Washington and San Francisco, where the cost of being fit and looking fashionable to attract a significant other are higher than most other parts of the country."

For the full ranking and analysis of the most expensive cities for singles, visit: 

15 Most Expensive Cities for Singles

15 Cheapest Cities for Singles

1. San Francisco

1. Reno, Nev.

2. New York

2. Tucson, Ariz.

3. Washington

3. Grand Rapids, Mich.

4. Honolulu

4. Tacoma, Wash.

5. Boston

5. Indianapolis

6. Fremont, Calif.

6. Mesa, Ariz.

7. Glendale, Calif.

7. Little Rock, Ark.

8. Anchorage, Alaska

8. Albuquerque, N.M.

9. Miami

9. Huntsville, Ala.

10. Seattle

10. Memphis, Tenn.

11. Irvine, Calif.

11. St. Louis

12. Los Angeles

12. Jackson, Miss.

13. San Diego

13. Stockton, Calif.

14. Oakland, Calif.

14. Omaha, Neb.

15. Madison, Wis.

15. Chattanooga, Tenn.

For more on the cheapest cities, visit:      

Key insights:

Battle of the sexes:  Women in Reno will have the easiest time finding an available man, whereas single men will have the most luck in Tucson.
Fitness and fashion:  A gym membership costs the most in New York City, averaging $90 per month, and the city that boasts the highest average cost of clothing staples is St. Petersburg, Fla., at $88.
Date night in D.C.:  The city with the highest date night costs ― assessed by totaling the costs of dinner for two, a bottle of wine, two movie tickets and a 10-mile taxi ride ― is the District of Columbia at $166.


GOBankingRates evaluated cities to determine affordability for singles based on four expense categories, with data sourced from clothing, dates, gym memberships and rent per square foot. The rankings for each factor contributed to a final scoring that ranked the cities from most expensive to least expensive, with the rankings controlled to favor cities with an even male-to-female ratio based on U.S. Census data. For the complete methodology, visit

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