According to national rankings of big American cities, Irvine would be the best big Orange County city for singles while Anaheim would be the worst.
“Our analysts compared the 150 most populated U.S. cities based on 25 key metrics to help you find and prep for the best dating opportunities this holiday season,” reports personal finance site WalletHub.com. “Our data set ranges from the percentage of singles to the number of online-dating opportunities to the number of attractions in each city.”
Under that scoring system, Irvine is the first Orange County as well as Southern California entrant on the list, at No. 37.
The best place in the country, according to the rankings, is Salt Lake City. The first California city to appear is San Francisco at No. 10.
Other Orange County cities (and their ranks) are: Huntington Beach (83), Santa Ana (117) and Garden Grove (125, or one slot ahead of Los Angeles).
Pulling up the rear Orange County-wise is No. 134 Anaheim, which does not even beat Long Beach (121). But the box holding Disneyland is not the worst of the worst, a dishonor that goes to Yonkers, New York, at No. 150.
When it comes to some individual metrics, Huntington Beach and Long Beach tie at No. 144 with LA, Santa Clarita and Glendale for having the highest salon prices and highest movie theater ticket costs. Oxnard is No. 150 in both areas.
Santa Ana is second only to Austin, Texas, in having the highest singles gender balance in the nation. Meanwhile, Irvine is only second to Gilbert, Arizona, in having the highest online dating opportunities in the U.S.