# These Are The Worst Cities In The UK To Be Single

**In terms of describing the life of a singleton perfectly, we think that Jason Derulo was pretty accurate when he said: Finally doing me and it feels so right, going to the club [and] everything’s alright …**

However, what Derulo failed to mention in his song is that traditional singleton activities, such as ‘*going to the club*‘, tend to cost quite a lot of money.

Money that we don’t always have.

Drinks, bars, clubs and pubs eventually end up making a dent in your pocket when it comes to tackling those daunting Tinder dates, and such problems are usually the reason why most of us prefer to stay home and wrap up with some Netflix and Instant Noodles instead.

Whilst it *can* be a bit of a drag if most of your friends are in perfectly happy relationships, in the grand scheme of things, living life as a young, carefree singleton is probably one of the most significant periods of personal growth that a person can have.

Having said that, however, where you live can actually have an impact on how well you enjoy the experience. For example, a single person in London might be having a pretty crap time in comparison to a single person in Bristol.

Thankfully, a new study by Bateaux London has revealed a definitive ranking of which British cities are the best for those who are young and single, and the results may come as a bit of shock.

The research is based on three main factors: whether it’s expensive to go out much, the amount of people in the population that are on the market, and the percentage of people who are aged between 20 and 30.

The list descends from worst to best, so if your city is quite high on this list, perhaps you ought to consider relocating …

## WORST: London

**Average salary:** £34,967

*29.2% of the population are single.*

Londoners may earn the highest salaries in the UK, but that’s only because it’s the most expensive city to live in. Those high salaries aren’t used for much else other than bills, rent and the weekly shop. London also has the lowest amount of single people living in the city, so if you aren’t in a relationship, you’re pretty much screwed.

To put some perspective on how expensive it is to be single in London, an average meal out costs £55, a pint of beer costs £4.50, coffee is up there at about £2.64 and a cinema ticket costs around £12.00.

*Yikes.*

## York

**Average salary:** £24,175

*40.15% of the population are single.*

A Meal out in York costs, on average, about £50. A pint of beer comes in at £3.35, coffee costs £2.42, and cinema ticket is about £9.00.

## Brighton

**Average salary:** £25,116

*43.07% of the population are single.*

Like York, a meal out in Brighton costs £50. A pint of beer comes in £4.25, Coffee costs £2.42 and a trip to the cinema costs £9.44. Remember, this ranking also includes the amount of single people living in the city, so, even if the prices are more expensive, the singleton population also affects the city’s place on the list.

## Oxford

**Average salary:** £29,476

*45.26% of the population are single.*

A meal out in Oxford also costs £50, and a pint costs £4.25. Coffee comes in at £2.60, whilst a cinema ticket costs £10.50.

## Cambridge

**Average salary:** £30,886

* 45.99% of the population are single.*

A meal out costs £50.00, a pint costs £3.83, coffee costs £2.62 and a cinema ticket costs £10.

## Bristol

**Average salary:** £27,983

*47.45% of the population are single.*

A meal out costs £50, a pint costs £3.80, coffee costs £2.72 and a cinema ticket costs £9.

## Leeds

**Average salary:** £26,015

*47.45% of the population are single.*

A meal out in Leeds costs £45, a pint costs £3.50, coffee comes in at £2.66 and a cinema ticket costs a tenner.

## Sheffield

**Average salary:** £24,269

*48.91% of the population are single.*

A meal out costs £50, a pint costs £3, Coffee costs £2.55 and a cinema ticket costs £9.89.

## Edinburgh

**Average salary:** £28,048

*48.91% of the population are single.*

A meal out costs £48, a pint costs £4, Coffee comes in at £2.54 and a cinema ticket costs £10.

## Chester

**Average salary:** £25,436

*51.09% of the population are single.*

A meal out costs £50, a pint costs £2.90, coffee comes in at £2.50 and a cinema ticket costs £9.

## Norwich

**Average salary:** £22,604

*52.55% of the population are single.*

A meal out costs £45, a pint costs £3.50, coffee costs £2.54 and a trip to the cinema costs £9.

## Reading

**Average salary:** £31,852

*53.28%* *of the population are single.*

A meal out in Reading costs £50, a pint costs £3.65, coffee costs £2.54 and cinema ticket costs £9.65.

## Glasgow

**Average salary:** £26,096

*56.2% of the population are single.*

A meal out costs £50, a pint costs £3.50, coffee costs £2.55 and a trip to cinema costs £9.45.

## Manchester

**Average salary:** £26,436

*57.66% of the population are single.*

A meal out costs £50, a pint costs £3.50, coffee costs £2.68 and a cinema ticket costs £9.

## Hull

**Average salary:** £21,533

*59.12% of the population are single.*

A meal out in Hull costs £45, a pint costs £3.10, a coffee costs £2.45 and a cinema ticket costs £9.

## Nottingham

**Average salary:** £24,304

63.5% *of the population are single.*

A meal out in Nottingham costs £45, a pint cost £3, coffee costs £2.58, and a cinema ticket costs £10.

## Cardiff

**Average salary:** £24,643

*63.5% of the population are single.*

A meal out costs £40, a pint costs £3.20, coffee costs £2.45 and a cinema ticket costs £6.75.

## Newcastle

**Average salary:** £25,151

*64.23% of the population are single.*

A meal out costs £50, a pint costs £3.50, coffee costs £2.62 and a cinema ticket costs £8.50.

## Birmingham

**Average salary: **£25,843

*64.23% of the population are single. *

A meal out in Birmingham costs £40, a pint costs £3.50, coffee costs £2.28 and a cinema ticket costs £8.

## Third place: Southampton

**Average salary:** £26,982

*64.96% **of the population are single. *

A meal out in Southampton costs £40, a pint of beer costs £3.10, a coffee costs £2.59 and a cinema ticket costs £10.

## Second place: Liverpool

**Average salary:** £23,995

*66.42%* *of the population are single. *

A meal out in Liverpool costs £42.50, a pint costs £2.90, coffee costs £2.55 and a cinema ticket costs £9.

## BEST: Belfast

**Average salary:** £24,012

*67.15% of the population are single. *

A meal out in Belfast costs £40, a pint of beer costs £4, coffee comes in at £2.33 and a trip to the cinema costs just £6.75.

**Did your city make it onto the list? Let us know in the comments!**

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