With Valentine’s Day around the corner and more than 45 percent of all U.S. adults being single, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2017′s Best & Worst States for Singles.
To help unattached Americans improve their chances of finding love, WalletHub’s data team compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 23 key indicators of dating-friendliness. The data set ranges from “share of single adults” to “movie costs” to “nightlife options per capita.”
|Best States for Singles||Worst States for Singles|
|9||District of Columbia||50||Alabama|
Best vs. Worst
- The District of Columbia has the highest share of single adults, 69.58 percent, 1.8 times higher than in Utah, which has the lowest at 38.44 percent.
- North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate for single population, 4.58 percent, 3.5 times lower than in Mississippi, which has the highest at 15.81 percent.
- The District of Columbia has the most full-service restaurants per 100,000 residents, 124.48, 2.3 times more than in Utah, which has the fewest at 54.59.
- New Hampshire has the most fitness and recreational facilities per 100,000 residents, 16.54, 2.9 times more than in Hawaii, which has the fewest at 5.76.
- Wyoming has the most movie theaters per 100,000 residents, 4.49, 5.2 times more than in Louisiana, which has the fewest at 0.86.
- Vermont has the lowest violent-crime rate per 100,000 residents, 118, 10.8 times lower than in the District of Columbia, which has the highest at 1,269.
To view the full report and your state or the District’s rank, please visit:
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner and America’s sweethearts planning to spend an average of $136.57 each on the occasion, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2017′s Best Places for Valentine’s Day along with entertaining stats about the holiday in its Valentine’s Day Fun Facts infographic.
To determine the most romantic yet affordable cities for celebrating the Day of Hearts, WalletHub’s number crunchers compared 100 of the largest U.S. cities across 20 key metrics, ranging from “florists per capita” to “number of attractions” to “cost of a three-course meal for two.”
|Top 20 Places for Celebrating Valentine’s Day|
|1||San Francisco, CA||11||Tampa, FL|
|2||Scottsdale, AZ||12||Austin, TX|
|3||Orlando, FL||13||Irvine, CA|
|4||Honolulu, HI||14||Chandler, AZ|
|5||Seattle, WA||15||St. Louis, MO|
|6||Las Vegas, NV||16||Minneapolis, MN|
|7||Atlanta, GA||17||Henderson, NV|
|8||Portland, OR||18||Washington, DC|
|9||San Diego, CA||19||Plano, TX|
|10||Denver, CO||20||Colorado Springs, CO|
To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-and-worst-cities-for-valentines-day/10056/
Valentine’s Day Fun Facts
- $18.2 Billion: Total Valentine’s Day spending projected for 2017.
- $4.3 Billion: Will be spent by the 18.7% of celebrators who plan to buy jewelry.
- $2 Billion: Will be spent by the 34.7% of celebrators who plan to buy flowers.
- 53 Percent: Share of women who said they would break up with their significant others if they receive nothing for Valentine’s Day.
- 20 Percent: Share of people who will buy Valentine’s Day gifts for their pets.
For the full infographic, please visit: https://wallethub.com/blog/valentines-day-facts/10258
Come join the fun! Saturday May 20th will be the 2nd Annual Heroes and Villains 5K Run / Walk at the Rivergreenway. Costumes are encouraged but not required. The run/walk will begin at 10am…with on site registration starting at 8:45am near the Rivergreenway boat dock just South of Kreager Park, the address is 7000 N River Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46815. State of the art RFID chip on the bib timing will be provided by Timed Events. Timed-Events.com will have published results online including a Youtube video of the finish line. Awards to top runners. Special event T-shirts only guaranteed to the first 70 preregistered participants, the next 30 to register will get a black Timed Events T-Shirt. $28 for adult preregistration and $18 for children 15 and under. Day of race registrations will incur an increased fee. Signup at: heroes5krunwalk.com
ALLEN COUNTY EXTENSION HOMEMAKERS SPECIAL INTEREST LESSONS OFFERED
The Allen County Extension Homemakers will offer the following programs this winter and spring. The general public is invited to attend. Pre-registration is required as some class space is limited. Any and all lesson fees must be paid in advance to hold reservations. Registration forms are available at the Extension Office and on the web at www.extension.purdue.edu/allen. All programs are held at the Allen County Extension Office on the IPFW campus, 4001 Crescent Avenue Fort Wayne, IN.
Questions, contact Vickie Hadley at, 260-481-6826 or TDD -711
“OLIVE OIL 101” 1:00 P.M. JANUARY 17, 2017
Do you use olive oil in cooking? Learn from the owner of Olive Twist the benefits and uses of olive oil.
“TRACING FAMILY HISTORY” 1:00 P.M. FEBRUARY 8, 2017
Learn from the Genealogy Department of the Allen County Public Library the resources to trace your family history, searching cemetery records and the use of DNA.
“USING SOCIAL MEDIA” 7:00 P.M. MARCH 30, 2017
Are you on Facebook? Sending Tweets? Following LinkedIn? Don’t understand these terms? Come and learn.
“FAMOUS & NOT-SO-FAMOUS PEOPLE – PAST & PRESENT”
7:00 P.M. APRIL 27, 2017
Join Gen Dornbush, board member of Settler’s and The History Center of Fort Wayne to learn about famous and not-so-famous people, past and present from Allen County.
“DIFFERENT USES OF GLASS” 1:00 P.M. MAY 10, 2017
Learn many decorating and gift ideas for canning jars. Put your creativity to use by: “Painting On Glass” ($3.00) or “Decorating Votive Candles” ($2.00). One or both lessons can be taken. All supplies are included in the fees.
The 17th annual River City Rat Race 5K/10K was born in the year 2000 and became an instant success. With over 600 runners and walkers, and more than 100 volunteers, it was clear that this event had enormous potential. Last year’s event attracted over 1100 participants. The featured event, a 10K (6.2 miles) road race includes a run through beautiful downtown Fort Wayne and along the River Greenway.
Author and senior writer Hal Higdon of Runner’s World magazine said, “It is one of the most scenic 10K courses I’ve ever seen.” This is high praise coming from one of the most experienced and highly sought after running experts in North America.
This year’s race kicks off on a Sunday afternoon at 2pm and typically one of the last weekends before Halloween, on October 23rd. What great timing for an event called the “RAT RACE.”
Although the race attracts the top area runners, we consider this a “fun run.” Our race has more children runners than any other race in town. It includes over 250 Girls on the Run, a national running program for young girls and their partners, and many other area children.
There are many awards presented after the race, to include age group awards for the top 3 in each age group of 5-year increments, Best Costume and Middle of the Pack award.
The starting line for the race is at the corner of Main and Barr Street, adjacent to the Arts United Center. The Rat Race, both the 5K and the 10K, finish at the Old Fort, where all runners receive water, sandwich, chips, cookies and fruit.
Participants can register online at runsignup.com. Registration fee is $30 to October 16 and $32 to October 21.
Packet pickup is at the Central Branch YMCA, 1020 S. Barr Street, on Saturday, October 22, from 5-8pm. Cash or check only if you register that night for a fee of $35.
Race day packet pickup is from 12-1:30pm at the 1st Source Bank located at 200 E. Main Street near the start line. There is no race day registration.
For more information visit the website at rivercityratrace.com or pick up a postcard at any YMCA in Fort Wayne and Columbia City.
Pamela Wolfe, Race Director
Honor all the US Veterans in our community by joining us in this 5K run/walk! November 12th will be the Fort Wayne Veteran’s Day 5K Run / Walk. The run/walk will begin at 10am…The event will be held on the Rivergreenway in Fort Wayne, Indiana. On-site registration will start at 8:45am near the Rivergreenway boat dock just South of Kreager Park, the address is 7000 N River Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46815. State of the art RFID chip on the bib timing will be provided by Timed Events. Timed-Events.com will have published results online including a Youtube video of the finish line. Awards to top runners. Special event T-shirts only guaranteed to a limited group of preregistered participants. All Veterans and Active Military will recieve 50% off entry. $25 for adult preregistration and $15 for youths 15 and under. Day of race registrations will incur an increased fee. Register at: https://runsignup.com/vetsday5k
10th Annual Sample New Haven Saturday, October 1st 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Food & Family Fun
COME HUNGRY AND VOTE FOR THE BEST
Cost: $2 individual or $5 family
Join us for the festivities in downtown New Haven on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 11:00a.m.-1:00 p.m. for soup tasting and other downtown activities. All participants will be able to taste food samples from local businesses along Broadway and vote for the People’s Choice Awards.
STOP-N-SHOP SCAVENGER HUNT Stop by local businesses and pick up a clue. Put the clues together to spell the secret phrase and then enter our prize drawing for a 2017 Family Pass to Jury Pool.
BALLOONS, FACE PAINTING & MORE!
Join us in Canal Landing Park for FREE family activities including: balloon animals, face painting, and much more. For more information, please contact the New Haven Chamber of Commerce at 749-4484.