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Living in your dream city comes at a cost — literally and figuratively.
The city you reside in has a big impact on your dating pool, but would you be willing to sacrifice love for your dream life?
More than 1,000 people were asked what they would give up to live in the city of their dreams, and it turns out, the answer is a lot.
Nearly one in four people have broken up with a partner to be able to live in their dream city, with Gen Xers most likely to end a relationship at 24%, followed by 21% of baby boomers, according to a survey conducted by Cinch Home Services.
When it comes to dream cities, respondents ranked culture, entertainment options, green spaces and outdoor activities, job opportunities, and a warm climate as the most important features a city should have.
The top dream cities in the US were New York City, San Diego, Los Angeles, Denver, San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Colorado Springs and Austin.
Of those who want to live the dream, nearly half (47.8%) polled would dip into their savings, 45.6% would resort to only going out one night a week, 36.4% would live off cheap food, 36.1% would give up vacation days for extra money, and 35.4% would work a second job.
Others would also go into credit card debt, not have a car, sleep on an air mattress, share a one-bedroom with a roommate, and steal toilet paper from work.
In all those sacrifices being made, who has time – or, in many cases, money – for dating?
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Going home with a guy who is stuffed into a bachelor apartment with a roommate sounds pretty dreadful, as does finding Miss Right – who is only available one night a week.
While there’s something to be said about taking a risk and making a dream city come true, dreams and realities are almost never the same.
Living in a more affordable city in order to save on housing costs and avoid depleting savings and dipping into retirement plans might seem boring, but if it means the difference between really truly living and simply existing, practicality might not be such a bad thing.
The survey of 1,067 Americans is considered accurate within 3% on a 95% confidence interval.