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Study says Philly men are among the most generous on a first date

Josh Middleton
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Josh Middleton

Blame it on the Eagles win or the fact that Philly is quickly inching toward cosmopolitan-city status, but single men in Philadelphia are feeling extra generous these days when it comes to first dates—at least according to a new study from

The dating site, which allows folks to enter an amount of money they’re willing to spend on a first date, pulled together data from 4,850,700 dating bids to find a list of the 10 cities willing to spend the most money to woo a potential mate. Philadelphia came in at No. 2, with dudes saying they’re willing to fork over an average of $396 on a first date. That’s just behind the most expensive city in the country, San Francisco, and more than $100 more than the third-place finisher, Dallas.

Here’s the complete top 10:

  1. San Francisco - $422
  2. Philadelphia - $396
  3. Dallas - $236
  4. New York City - $207
  5. Chicago - $205
  6. Spokane, Wash. - $204
  7. Cleveland - $198
  8. Detroit - $190
  9. Roswell, N.M. - $186
  10. Boston - $184

What could an almost $400 date get you? You could blow it all on a dinner at Vetri (sans the wine pairing). Or start the night with drinks at one of the best bars in Philadelphia, then have a nice dinner at amorous spots like Parc or Zahav. Or you could skip dinner to take a romantic 30-minute helicopter sunset tour over Philadelphia for $420.

While we’re on the subject: If you want a fun date night that’s free, we’re looking for straight guys who’d like to go on a blind date with a local gal and be featured in a column called Dating IRL in our upcoming print issues. You‘ll get dinner, go out for drinks and take part in a fun experience—all courtesy of the participating venues. If you’re interested in taking part, email

RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in Philadelphia (for some great big-spender options)

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