Want a city that provides better options for living the single life? Get out of Illinois. Want to meet your forever partner? Get out of Illinois, says a new study.

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Illinois is not the place to be looking for your new person, says new research.

It's true, Illinois does not rate very high on the 'I'm single and I love living here' scale. The upside of this study on best places for singles is that Illinois is not the WORST place to find a new love.

Let's dig in a bit on the Best Cities for Singles research from WalletHub.

I'll bet all singles would agree that dating during a pandemic has been awful. Even after the country began to ease restrictions, many people were not rolling in the dough.

Dating Ain't Cheap!

Wallet Hub took a close look at 182 cities and used 32 different factors to determine a city's 'dating friendliness'. Factors like number of single people (basically 50% of the U.S is single, widowed or divorced).

They looked at the average cost of dinner for two, movie prices and other activities that take place on dates. Online dating opportunities were considered, as well. You can see all 32 factors here.

2021's Best & Worst Cities for Singles

Illinois shows up on the list twice and neither city is in the top 50.

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Chicago was #57 on the list.

Aurora made the cut at #108.

The WORST cities for singles

  1. Glendale, California
  2. Brownsville, Texas
  3. Hialeah, Florida
  4. Fort Smith, Arkansas
  5. Montgomery, Alabama

Can you guess which city in Wisconsin tops the list?

There are only two cities in the Midwest that made the top 20.

The BEST cities for singles

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#5 - Austin, Texas

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#4 - Denver, Colorado

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#3 - Portland, Oregon

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#2 - Seattle, Washington

The #1 Best Place for Singles

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Madison, Wisconsin

Here's the entire list of 182 cities in the studies.

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