These Are The Worst Cities In The UK To Be Single

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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

Aerial view of the the Elizabeth Tower which contains the bell Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament for the UK along the Thames River at dusk

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

Shambles is probably the most famous street in York. Shambles has been a Shopping street since Tudor times and remains almost unchanged to this day and attracts tourists in the thousands.There are people in the scene but none of them are recognisable due to a slow shutter speed. Although the sky is white it was almost the last light of the day. The street was very dark and the lights were coming on.

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

A rainbow of colourful painted houses in 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

Oxford from above

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

Cambridge, UK - 16 May 2016: A tranquil dusk scene of the River Cam, Cambridge, UK, with students sitting on the banks and punting on the river. Clare College gardens and Trinity College visible in the background.

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

Bristol, UK - August 2, 2009: People in Millenium Square by the Planetarium orb, Bristol UK

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

Leeds, UK - December 16, 2016: Long exposure shot of The Headrow in Leeds, showing Leeds Town Hall and a Ferris Wheel. The big wheel is a temporary feature and is part of the annual German Market and Christmas Market in the city. Various people can be seen passing by and also waiting to go on the attraction.

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

Fountain at millenium square in the city centre of Sheffield, UK.

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

Edinburgh Cityscape

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

Chester, UK - May 12, 2016: People can be seen shopping in Chester. Shops can be seen along the road and people can be seen sitting at tables in front of restaurants.

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

Scene of central Norwich in East Anglia on sunny morning

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

Reading, UK - October 2nd 2016: Rowers navigate the River Thames at Reading in Berkshire. The large Christchurch Meadows park is to the left and Reading town centre is to the right. People can be seen in the distance enjoying the park on a sunny Autumnal day.

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

The Finnieston Bridge over the River Clyde in Glasgow - also known as the Clyde Arc and, less formally, the "Squinty Bridge" - at night.

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

Manchester, UK - November 24, 2016: View of Manchester city center. Tall buildings an be seen on either side of the road and a tram can be seen passing. People can be seen walking on the pavements.

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

Hull, Yorkshire, UK. View across the river Hull in autumn with view of Scale Lane Bridge swing bridge and houses, offices and Holy Trinity Church in Hull, Yorkshire, UK.

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

Nottingham, England - May 17, 2016: Various people sitting, walking, visiting in the main Market Square, Nottingham Council House building behind.

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

Cardiff Bay at dusk, the Pierhead building (1897) and National Assembly for Wales can be seen over the water.

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

Millennium Bridge spanning the Tyne between Gateshead and 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

Birmingham, United Kingdom - June 6, 2016: Entrance to New Street railway station with people passing by, Birmingham, England, UK, Western Europe.

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

Just a grab shot of the Southamptom Town Quay Marina with the city skyline and condos in the background

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

The Three Graces comprise the Liver Building, the Cunard and Port Authority

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

Illuminated Belfast City Hall. Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.

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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