Washington ranks near bottom on list of best cities for entering relationships


Valentine’s chocolate for sale at a store in Northwest Washington.
(Photo by Evy Mages for the Washington Post)

Where should you live if you’re single and want to be in a relationship? Not Washington, D.C., according to an analysis of Facebook data.

The social giant looked at how many people living in major U.S. cities changed their relationship status from “single” to “in a relationship” over a one-month period. Washington came in near the very bottom of the list, edging out only San Francisco. Colorado Springs topped the list, followed by El Paso. (You can see the full list here.)

Of course, we should note a few important things about the list. This is not by any means a conclusive, comprehensive study. Here’s how Facebook came up with the ranking, according to the Wall Street Journal:

An informal working group of stats whizzes and Ph.Ds on Facebook’s data sciences team did the Valentine’s Day analysis in October, using anonymous profile information gathered in the 50 U.S. cities with the most Facebook users. “This is a side project for us,” says Mike Develin, the main researcher in the informal working group on relationships.

So keep in mind that this analysis only looked at Facebook users (age 21 and up, Develin wrote in a post Thursday) who happened to change their relationship status during this month. Some people may have entered into relationships without noting it on Facebook. (The Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project found last year that 61 percent of current Facebook users have taken a break from Facebook for “several weeks or more,” while 38 percent of users between the ages of 18 and 29 said they planned to spend less time on Facebook over the next year.)

Still, reporting that Washington is not a good place for singles looking to stop being single isn’t the worst thing that has been said about the nation’s capital. Travel and Leisure recently said D.C. is the city with the least attractive people. Travel and Leisure has also said that the District is among the rudest and snobbiest cities in the country. A different list said that D.C. is one of the best places to live in the U.S., though, so it’s not all lists declaring people ugly, rude or snobby.

Back to Facebook: It also compiled what it called the top Valentine’s Day destinations in D.C. based on where people had checked in over the last few years. Again, this measures an incredibly narrow category — the number of people who would visit a place the week of Valentine’s Day and, while there, check in on Facebook — so this is also not a scientific ranking. Still, if you’re curious: Clyde’s came in atop that list.

But hey, since it is Valentine’s Day, perhaps you’re single and looking to do something tonight. Fritz Hahn compiled a list of options for singles looking for anti-Valentine’s Day parties. (If you’re a couple in need of plans, Maura Judkis also has some ideas for you.)

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.
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