Richmond is ranked 42nd among the 100 best metropolitan areas relocating singles, according to the yearly list compiled by relocation analysts Primacy Relocation and Worldwide ERC.
The study uses population, economic and quality-of-life criteria to score each city. Some of the more specific factors include the prevalence of bars and restaurants, the cost of living index, the male-to-female ratio, job growth, education costs and the percentage of the population using online dating services.
“This survey identifies those factors that help ease the transition for singles while helping HR professionals better predict the success rates of their employee transfers,” said Michel Vallejo, president of Primacy Americas.
Richmond came out ahead of Portland, Chicago, Denver and Memphis, but it ranked behind Nashville, Charlotte, Charleston and Seattle. Virginia Beach, Newport News and Norfolk were grouped together and ranked 14th on this year’s list.
The top three cities this year were Boston, Nassau/Suffolk, N.Y., and New Haven, Conn.
Richmond fell more than 20 spots from its No. 26 ranking last year. The Tidewater cities were up from 40th.