the cost of love

The Cost of Love: How Much Do We Spend on a Date?

How much are you willing to drop on a date, Chicago?  Depends, right? A first date may not require all the bells and whistles, but an anniversary may be the time to go all out for your significant other.  According to a study by , Illinoisans on average shell out to the tune of more than $157. The study looked at a date including dinner for two, a bottle of wine, and two movie tickets.


  • Average cost of a date: $157.96 (12th highest)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation establishments: 40 per 100,000 (19th fewest)
  • Restaurants: 160 per 100,000 (20th fewest)
  • Date idea: Partake in a game of Whirlyball — a cross between basketball, lacrosse, and bumper cars — in either Chicago, Lombard, or Vernon Hills.


the cost of love

The average cost of a date today — in the form of dinner for two, a bottle of wine, and two movie tickets — is about $102.32 in the U.S., according to online-dating giant  And the average single American spent $1,596 on dating in 2016, according to Match’s annual survey of more than 5,000 people.  New York topped the list for the highest average cost for a date night at $297.27. New Jersey ranked second at $259.60, followed by Hawaii and Connecticut.

Meanwhile, South Dakota came in as the least expensive date night, with an average cost of just $38.27. North Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa were runner-ups for least expensive.

Maximize your date night at a low cost

Given the price of trying to find a potential romantic partner, it’s important to get creative with date night options.

And there are alternatives to impress a date without breaking the bank. To rent a Citibikein NYC, it’s $12 for an entire day pass or only $3 for 30 minutes. In New Jersey, a sunset-cruise is $27 per a person.

Meanwhile, in particularly scenic states, a date could be free! On a select few dates a year, all national parks offer free admission.

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