Forbes has tallied up the 25 most expensive cities for a first date, out of a possible 200 cities with a minimum population of 100,000:
We tallied the average costs of some key elements of a first date: alcohol (specifically, a 1.5 liter bottle of Livingston Cellars, Gallo Chablis or Chenin Blanc wine), food (a 11- to 12-inch pizza from Pizza Hut), entertainment (an evening movie ticket), grooming (a barbershop visit), suiting up (a dry-cleaning bill) and transportation (price per gallon of gasoline). All categories were weighted equally (though price differences in barbershop visits and dry cleaning tended to be greater than those in gas and pizza). Finally–call us old-fashioned–we assumed that the guy pays, hence the barbershop visit instead of a trip to the beauty salon.
Gallo and Pizza Hut? Awesome. We guess that saves money by ensuring that there will not be a second date.
Anyway, Stamford, CT was the dubious winner, followed by Newark, NJ and New York City. Evansville, IN was more expensive than Chicago, Miami, Detroit and Washington, DC. —MEGHANN MARCO
The Most Expensive Cities For A Date [Forbes]