If you were looking to score a Vaentine's Day date that night but still have no plans, don't be discouraged. Pull out your phone and start swiping. According to recent data released by Tinder, they saw a 10 percent increase in Tinder usage on Valentine's Day last year. So finding a Valentine's date at the very last-minute is very possible.
“As most might imagine, Tinder users do look for a date or match on Valentine's Day because there is a great deal of pressure around finding someone special on such a romantic day," Tinder Sociologist, Dr. Jess Carbino said in a release. "We have a shared understanding culturally that Valentine's Day is an annual occasion where people should express their love for each other. We see cards, chocolates, and other gifts exchanged between people who deeply care for each other. Most singles want to share and experience similar feelings during this time of the year. As a result, many people are motivated to find a match they can connect with just before, or on Valentine's Day.”
One important thing to keep in mind is where you're swiping. When it comes to looking for love, numerous studies have found that location matters. Some cities are just more singles-friendly than others. If you're anywhere near the following places, you might be in luck. According to Tinder, these were the top 10 cities with the most matches in February 2016:
2New York, New York
New York City may be the second most popular place to get matches on Valentine's Day, but a recent Travelocity study found it's the most romantic city in the entire country — it's home to the greatest number of romantic hotspots to go to. And, Skyn's just released Millennial Sex survey found that it's home to the most sexually active Millennials.
Austin may be third on this list, but according to U.S. News and World Report's 2017 list of Best Places to Live, Austin was ranked number one.
4Los Angeles, California
Like New York, Los Angeles ranks as one of the most romantic cities in the U.S. So if you're looking for a date in L.A., there are tons of great options.
I love Seattle. It may not be known for having the best weather, but it's definitely a fun city with lots of things to do. A recent WalletHub study also ranked Seattle as the fifth best place to spend Valentine's Day.
6Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte is looking to be a popular city for Tinder matches. Last Thanksgiving, they saw a 32 percent increase in usage.
Chicago is one of the most populous cities in the country so it's easy to see why it makes the top 10 list.
Portland is eighth on this list. But interestingly enough, a recent WalletHub study also ranked it as the eighth best place to spend Valentine's Day in 2017.
Phoenix is known for being one of those places that has beautiful weather year-round, so weather won't be an issue if you're looking for a more outdoorsy Valentine's Day date.
Rounding out the top 10 is Denver, Colorado.
Tinder found the average age that was most swiped on last year was 26, so these cities probably have a high population of Millennials. Considering that most of these tend to be cities people flock to after college, it's easy to see why they made the top 10.
Truth be told you don't have to live in a major city to find love or even a date. It might make things easier, but it's unnecessary. Take Provo, for instance. It's just a suburb of Salt Lake City. So if you're single and still don't have plans, your Valentine's date may be just one swipe-right away.