To put this study together, WalletHub compared the top 150 most populated cities in the US, plus at least two of the most populated in each state, across three dimensions: 1) Economics, 2) Fun & Recreation, and 3) Dating Opportunities. Those were broken down into 34 weighted metrics and graded out of 100, then added up with the resulting overall scores ranked to make the list you see above. Note that the surrounding metro areas were excluded; these stats only apply to the cities proper.
Atlanta took the top spot overall, with second in Dating Opportunities and ninth in Fun & Recreation. Denver and San Francisco both came in not far behind, but none of those three ranked particularly high in economics, which means dating might be an expensive as well as an exhausting pursuit. To find a reasonable balance between money and a romantic life, you have to jump all the way down to 14 with Tucson, which came in at 29 in Economics, 28 in Fun & Recreation, and 13 in Dating Opportunities. Plus you're less likely to have to date tech bros than if you live in a place like San Francisco.
In dead last is Brownsville, Texas (if you lived in Brownsville and were waiting for love, maybe consider this a sign), which had the fewest online dating option and came in last for dating opportunities. That being said, it sounds like it's pretty affordable. Which is nice.
If you're more interested in money than love, we recommend heading straight to the top cities with jobs paying over $100,000 a year right now.