Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Oak Cliff has least lively singles neighborhood, according to Dallas poll
The survey shows that most single Dallasites prefer steak and sports. So much for breaking Big D stereotypes.
What does the typical Dallas single look like? Thanks to television, the stereotype has big blonde hair and a Bible, and is looking for a handsome, rich husband who heads the family oil business on the coast of the greatest state in the U.S. — you guessed it, Texas. Thanks to a new survey by Match.com, there is now some truth to that theory.
Over the last three weeks, Match.com surveyed nearly 1,100 users located in the Dallas area to find out about their preferences on a potential partner. The company, which is headquartered in Dallas, wanted to get an idea of what the dating scene is like in its hometown.
“Dallas is a huge market for us,” said a Match.com spokesperson, noting that the company does not release how many total subscribers are in a given market.
Survey respondents named the Oak Cliff/Bishop Arts District the least lively singles neighborhood despite the number of social things to do there. Downtown/Uptown is the most active singles scene, according to almost 51% of those polled, followed by North Dallas (Preston Hollow/Addison/Farmer’s Branch) at 24.1%, an “Other” category for neighborhoods not listed at 18.6%, East Dallas (Lakewood/Lake Highlands/Lower Greenville) at 3.7%, and Park Cities at 1.5%.
Most Dallas singles said they would be least likely to date a cattle baron or professional athlete. On the contrary, only 5.1% said they would probably not date executive in the oil and gas industry.
Local singles’ taste is luxurious, too. The majority of of males (36%) and females (34%) said they would like to see their date leave post-dinner in a "luxury sedan." The Lexus SUV was a close second. That’s after getting to know one another at the most iconic Dallas date spot — the Mansion on Turtle Creek, which received more than 40% of the vote as a great date spot. Thirty five percent of participants claimed Reunion Tower as the most iconic date spot. If not at either of those restaurants, you’ll be eating steak somewhere, according to 37% of those surveyed. (This is Texas after all!)
The second most popular date idea was going to see a professional sports game, which means 27.8% of singles are not burdened by the actual talents of the teams. At the time of the survey, 37.8% believed the Rangers have the hottest players and 24.3% believe the team has the sexiest owner. Do those surveyed know who owns the Rangers?
Ultimately, Mark Cuban won out as the sexist sports team owner, with 62% of the vote. Jerry Jones was voted sexist (unsexiest?) by 4.1% of respondents.
Match.com users also ranked local universities and Dallas-based corporations in terms of looks. More than half (54.2%) said Southern Methodist University has the hottest singles, followed by University of North Texas (14.4%) and Texas Christian University (10.8%). Nearly one-third of the same populous said Southwest Airlines had the most eligible employees, followed by Texas Instruments at 21.3%, and Brinker at 14.8%. Brinker owns Chili’s, Maggiano’s, and On The Border.
The Match.com group surveyed also said the hotties shop at Central Market and Whole Foods -- so tailor your routine appropriately.
The fine print: The Match.com poll weighed responses from 1,093 of its users at a ratio of 41% male to 58% female. Respondents varied in age and lived in Dallas proper as well as the surrounding suburbs of Preston Hollow, Addison, Farmer’s Branch, Plano, Richardson, Garland, Mesquite, Rockwall, Duncanville, Cedar Hill, Red Oak, Frisco, Allen, McKinney, and Park Cities.
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