• According to a survey by personal-finance website WalletHub, America’s sweethearts planning to spend $21.8 billion on the holiday even with COVID-19 limiting celebrations.
  • Their report, 2021's Best Places for Valentine’s Day, along with its nationally representative spending survey is summarized below.
  • To determine the most romantic yet affordable cities for celebrating the Day of Hearts, WalletHub compared 100 of the largest U.S. cities across 14 key metrics, ranging from florists per capita to COVID-19 cases to high-quality takeout food.
Valentine's Day Survey: The Most Romantic Yet Affordable Cities for Celebrating
Valentine's Day Survey: The Most Romantic Yet Affordable Cities for Celebrating

Top 20 Places for Valentine's Day 2021

1. San Francisco, CA

11. Fremont, CA

2. Honolulu, HI

12. Raleigh, NC

3. Portland, OR

13. Virginia Beach, VA

4. Seattle, WA

14. Kansas City, MO

5. San Jose, CA

15. Atlanta, GA

6. San Diego, CA

16. Houston, TX

7. Austin, TX

17. Durham, NC

8. Oakland, CA

18. Plano, TX

9. Orlando, FL

19. Cincinnati, OH

10. Sacramento, CA

20. Denver, CO

Valentine's Day Spending Survey--Key Stats

  • Some People Want Love More Than Health. 50% of people would rather get shot by Cupid's arrow than the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • More Men Say V-Day Debt is Worth it: Men are nearly two times more likely than women to think a Valentine’s Day gift is worth going into credit card debt.
  • Bad Credit Might Keep You Single. 47% of people wouldn’t marry someone with bad credit.
  • Reckless Spending Ends Relationships: 47% of people would break up with their significant other if he or she spent irresponsibly.
  • Financial Irresponsibility Isn’t Attractive: 44% of people say irresponsible spending is a bigger turnoff than bad breath.
  • Love is Blooming for Some People. 48% of people say they got richer in love since last Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Day Facts

  • $21.8 Billion: Total Valentine’s Day spending projected for 2021 ($164.76 per person celebrating).
  • $231 vs. $101: Men will spend more than twice as much as women, on average, for Valentine’s Day 2021.
  • $8.1 Billion: Amount Americans will spend on jewelry ($4.1B), flowers ($2B) and candy ($2B).
  • 1 in 6: Marriages begins online.
  • 33%: Overall online dating activity increase across the US between February 1 and February 14.

For reprint and licensing requests for this article, Click here.