By opting for contexts that allow for easy conversation (e.g., going for a walk in the park, meeting for coffee), you're giving yourself an opportunity to get to know your date, rather than spending money on a date that limits conversation (e.g., for a movie).
What should singles be looking for when choosing a city?
Are singles typically a net economic gain or loss for cities?
I think they would be an economic gain as they may have more disposable income, since they are not in a family situation.
On our second date, my wife and I went to a bookstore and browsed together while having coffee, which naturally brought up shared interests and opportunities for conversation.
If you do have to move for work, try to find a location in the area that does this while maintaining a reasonable commute (an hour each way doesn’t allow much time for hobbies). In addition, this has the added advantage of putting you in proximity of potential romantic partners with similar interests and values, should you decide to find a partner.
With the rise of dating apps and therefore dates, what financial advice do you have targeted to singles on a budget?
If we are looking at financial advice specifically related to dating, assuming you are looking for a long-term partner, it is important to remember that the goal of dating is to get to know the other person.
People who are single are more different than they are the same; they vary by age, interests, political leanings, partner preferences, and goals.
Naturally, not one city is ideal for all single people.