Survey ranks Toronto as most romantic city
Toronto has overtaken Chicago to become the fourth most populous city in North America, according to the City of Toronto’s latest Economic Dashboard report.
Published Monday, February 4, 2013 3:10PM EST
Our weather may be cold, but Toronto’s eligible singles appear to be warm and fuzzy, according to a new survey.
The survey, released Monday ahead of Valentine’s Day, finds that Toronto is the most romantic city in Canada.
Of those Toronto singles surveyed, 72 per cent said they believe Valentine’s Day is a romantic holiday. That compares with 56 per cent of singles in Winnipeg, which ranked as the least romantic city in the survey.
“Torontonian singles have shed their cynicism and will embrace the holiday this February,” the survey’s authors said in a release.
The informal online survey was conducted by Match.com and polled 1,054 single Canadians across the country over a four-day period.
It found that 70 per cent of those polled overall believe Valentine’s Day is a romantic holiday.
The survey also found that Canadian singles aren’t shy with new love interests, with 67 per cent saying they would embrace a first date this Valentine’ Day, with Ottawa singles being most likely to kiss on a first date.
Dating has changed in the information age, the survey found, with 67 per cent of respondents saying they had asked someone out via text or email. But while one’s phone might be a good way to get a date, respondents agreed they’d rather not see one once the date starts, with 63 per cent agreeing that being distracted by one’s phone is the top “deal breaker” on a first date.
Canadian singles are nonetheless still traditional, with coffee shops and walks under the stars considered good first date activities and $40 to $50 considered a respectable amount to spend on a first outing.
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