Best U.S. Cities to Celebrate Galentine's Day

By Kalina Mackay

It’s February and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. But there’s a newer holiday that has taken over and involves women who are both single and in committed relationships alike – Galentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day eve or February 13th has officially become a day for girls everywhere to come together and celebrate each other. 

In the spirit of the holiday, we wanted to find the best cities to celebrate Galentine’s Day. We analyzed data for the 100 largest cities and ranked them according to six factors including the number of brunch options, cost of wine, percent of singles, and more. Keep reading for the results and full methodology. 

Main Findings 

Overall Rank (1 = better)

City, State

Overall Score

1

Washington, DC

42.6

2

Honolulu, HI

41.6

3

Boston, MA

39

4

Jersey City, NJ

38

5

Anaheim, CA

34

6

Portland, OR

31.9

7

Reno, NV

31.9

8

Newark, NJ

31.2

9

Boise, ID

30.6

10

New Orleans, LA

30.5

11

Denver, CO

30.3

12

Winston–Salem, NC

30.1

13

Fremont, CA

30.1

14

Sacramento, CA

29.8

15

Long Beach, CA

29.2

16

Baltimore, MD

29.1

17

Richmond, VA

29

18

Chula Vista, CA

28.9

19

Spokane, WA

28.6

20

Gilbert, AZ

28.3

21

Seattle, WA

27.3

22

St. Louis, MO

27

23

Plano, TX

27

24

Glendale, AZ

26.9

25

Chandler, AZ

26.8

26

Albuquerque, NM

26.7

27

Santa Ana, CA

26.7

28

Scottsdale, AZ

26.6

29

Kansas City, MO

26.5

30

Durham, NC

26.5

31

Greensboro, NC

26.2

32

Riverside, CA

26

33

Charlotte, NC

25.3

34

Pittsburgh, PA

25.1

35

Baton Rouge, LA

25

36

Minneapolis, MN

24.9

37

Raleigh, NC

24.7

38

Saint Paul, MN

24.6

39

Atlanta, GA

24.1

40

Oakland, CA

24.1

41

Stockton, CA

24.1

42

San Francisco, CA

23.8

43

Madison, WI

23.7

44

Chesapeake, VA

23.5

45

Hialeah, FL

23.4

46

Lexington, KY

23.1

47

Garland, TX

23

48

Miami, FL

22.8

49

Tulsa, OK

22.8

50

San Jose, CA

22.7

51

Cincinnati, OH

22.7

52

Arlington, TX

22.6

53

Bakersfield, CA

22.4

54

Chicago, IL

22.3

55

Irvine, CA

22.3

56

Austin, TX

22.2

57

Oklahoma City, OK

22.1

58

Detroit, MI

22

59

Corpus Christi, TX

22

60

Orlando, FL

22

61

St. Petersburg, FL

21.8

62

North Las Vegas, NV

21.6

63

Dallas, TX

21.3

64

Fort Worth, TX

21.2

65

Irving, TX

20.9

66

Norfolk, VA

20.7

67

Tucson, AZ

20.6

68

Colorado Springs, CO

20.6

69

Philadelphia, PA

20.4

70

Wichita, KS

20.4

71

Aurora, CO

20.4

72

San Diego, CA

20.3

73

Nashville, TN

20.2

74

Lubbock, TX

19.5

75

Mesa, AZ

19.4

76

Louisville, KY

19

77

Fort Wayne, IN

19

78

New York, NY

18.7

79

Henderson, NV

18.7

80

Buffalo, NY

18.7

81

Omaha, NE

18.6

82

Virginia Beach, VA

18.5

83

Los Angeles, CA

18.3

84

Houston, TX

18

85

Las Vegas, NV

18

86

Phoenix, AZ

17.9

87

Indianapolis, IN

17.6

88

San Antonio, TX

17.5

89

Laredo, TX

17.1

90

Fresno, CA

16.7

91

Tampa, FL

16.3

92

El Paso, TX

15.9

93

Milwaukee, WI

15.8

94

Toledo, OH

15

95

Lincoln, NE

14.4

96

Memphis, TN

14.1

97

Columbus, OH

13.6

98

Cleveland, OH

13.6

99

Anchorage, AK

12.9

100

Jacksonville, FL

9.1

Summary 

The best city to celebrate Galentine’s Day is Washington, D.C., according to our study. The nation’s capital is filled with singles and has a high female-to-male ratio, meaning finding someone to celebrate the occasion with should be no problem. D.C. also has an abundance of spa and brunch options to hit with your gals. 

Coming in as a close second is Honolulu, HI. While this city may have more males than females and a relatively average percent of the population that’s single, Honolulu has the most spas/beauty salons in the country. Behind that is Boston, Jersey City, and Anaheim completing the top five cities that are ideal for the holiday. 

At the bottom of the rankings is Jacksonville (100), Anchorage (99), Columbus (98), Cleveland (97), and Memphis (96). All of these cities have limited options on the places you would traditionally celebrate Galentine’s Day at, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get creative! 

No matter where you live or what your relationship status is, this February 13th grab all your girls and tell them how much they mean to you. Here’s to the best holiday of 2020! 

Methodology 

To find the best and worst cities for Galentine’s day, we analyzed data for the 100 largest cities in the United States. We ranked the cities using six factors each at an equal weight. Each city was graded on a 60-point scale, with a score of 60 representing the ideal city for Galentine’s Day. 

Finally, we calculated each city’s average across all factors to determine its overall score and used the results to rank-order our sample. 

  • Number of brunch options per 100,000 people 
  • Number of spas/beauty salons per 100,000 people 
  • Number of wine and design studios per 100,000 people 
  • Percent of the population that’s female
  • Percent of the population that’s single 
  • Average cost of a 750 ml bottle of wine 

Sources 

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