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WalletHub presents 2017’s Best Places for Valentine’s Day

Everyone wants the kind of things that money just can’t buy — except maybe on Valentine’s Day, otherwise known as “The Day Love Costs Money.” This year, Americans collectively will spend $18.2 billion on expressions of their love — from greeting cards to jewelry to a special night out — with the average lovebird shelling out $136.57.

But you don’t need to tank your wallet just to show your romantic side. You can find free or inexpensive ways to display your affection to your sweetheart. The alternative is to be in the right place with the right budget.

With love in the air, WalletHub’s number crunchers played cupid to determine the most romantic and cost-effective cities for celebrating Valentine’s Day. Read on for the winners, advice and insight from love experts, and a full description of our methodology. For entertaining stats about the holiday, check out WalletHub’s Valentine’s Day Fun Facts infographic.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner and America’s sweethearts planning to spend an average of $136.57 each on the occasion, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2017's Best Places for Valentine’s Day.

To determine the most romantic yet affordable cities for celebrating the Day of Hearts, WalletHub’s number crunchers compared 100 of the largest U.S. cities across 20 key metrics, ranging from “florists per capita” to “number of attractions” to “cost of a three-course meal for two.”


Top 20 Places for Celebrating Valentine’s Day
1 San Francisco, CA 11 Tampa, FL
2 Scottsdale, AZ 12 Austin, TX
3 Orlando, FL 13 Irvine, CA
4 Honolulu, HI 14 Chandler, AZ
5 Seattle, WA 15 St. Louis, MO
6 Las Vegas, NV 16 Minneapolis, MN
7 Atlanta, GA 17 Henderson, NV
8 Portland, OR 18 Washington, DC
9 San Diego, CA 19 Plano, TX
10 Denver, CO 20  Colorado Springs, CO

 

Valentine’s Day Fun Facts

  • $18.2 Billion: Total Valentine’s Day spending projected for 2017.
     
  • $4.3 Billion: Will be spent by the 18.7% of celebrators who plan to buy jewelry.
     
  • $2 Billion: Will be spent by the 34.7% of celebrators who plan to buy flowers.
     
  • 53 Percent: Share of women who said they would break up with their significant others if they receive nothing for Valentine’s Day.
     
  • 20 Percent: Share of people who will buy Valentine's Day gifts for their pets.

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