Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Best Cities for Singles

Forbes.com has come out with their 7th Annual "Best Cities For Singles" Special Report. The package of content also includes features about dining alone, traveling alone, male and female dating stories, and singlism (discrimination based on your civil status that is so much the focus of Dr. DePaulo's book Singled Out.)

Speaking of singlism, if you drill down a bit into their methodology, you'll notice that the cost of living alone was calculated like this:
Our proprietary Cost of Living Alone index is determined by the average cost of a metro area's apartment rent, a Pizza Hut pizza, a movie ticket and a six-pack of Heineken.

There you have it. Despite the per city nightlife and culture ratings, if you are single, they still expect you'll be sitting home alone on Friday night with pizza and a six-pack!

The number one spot to do this, according to Forbes, is San Francisco.

As we mention in the conclusion of our book, what it means to be single is changing all the time. And while it can feel like you are the only one who isn't coupled up and registered at Bed, Bath, and Beyond (Valerie always likes the Beyond part best), the statistical facts prove you wrong. Something to think about while you're dialing Pizza Hut:
...most Americans can expect to spend fully half of their adult lives unmarried.

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