DALLAS, Aug. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Home to the largest population of singles in the U.S., the New York City dating scene can be overwhelming without the latest insights. Match.com, one of the world's leading online dating sites, took a closer look at the trends and opinions shared by over 1,000 Match.com members living in the New York area to learn what it takes to find love in the big city.
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The survey reveals that a whopping 94% of single New Yorkers polled would like to settle down and find a long-term relationship in the city. Luckily for those singles, it is a great place to increase your chances, as 47% of people who have moved to NYC in the last five years reported they are dating more since moving there, with 56% of those singles stating they feel like they have a larger pool of singles to choose from. The survey also touched on many New York-specific dating topics, such as how far people were willing to commute for love and whether singles were willing to date beyond their own borough. Highlights of this data include:
- Dating Outside Your Borough: 94% of New York singles are willing to date outside of their borough. But of course, New Yorkers still have some have boundaries: 71% of them are willing to travel for love if that certain someone requires less than a 40-minute commute. Despite our love for Staten Islanders like Rick Schroder and Christina Aguilera, only 8% of respondents living in Manhattan say they are willing to date someone who lives in Staten Island. The most desirable boroughs singles chose to date from were Brooklyn and Manhattan.
- Perfect Date Spot: The West Village is a great choice, with 44% of singles naming it as the best neighborhood for a date. Places to avoid? A chain restaurant (31%), karaoke bar (23%) and Times Square (21%) were the least appealing choices, according to the survey's respondents.
- Sexiest Job: Ladies reported that firemen (30%) and Wall Street executives (26%) were the sexiest New York professions for men.
- Big City Spending: 83% of New Yorkers say that the higher cost of living affects how much they are spending on a date, and 57% of the women polled say they are even willing to split the bill on a first date.
Additional results are available at the Match.com blog at http://blog.match.com/infographic-new-york-city/
Founded in 1995, Match.com was the original dating website and pioneer of the online dating industry. Throughout its fifteen year history, Match.com has been responsible for more dates, relationships and marriages than any other website. The company's comprehensive online dating services also include Chemistry.com, Singlesnet and People Media's 28 targeted websites such as OurTime.com and BlackPeopleMeet.com. Today, Match.com operates leading subscription-based online dating sites in 25 countries, 8 languages and across five continents. Match.com is an operating business of IAC and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit www.match.com.