Valentine’s Day is this Thursday, so you know the drill: every rank-happy site from Thrillist to WalletHub is unleashing lists of the best cities to find love, the best cities to lose love, and the best cities to sit alone in your apartment humming the theme to Neon Genesis Evangelion while the rest of the world makes babies or whatever. Sigh. A cruel angel’s thesis, indeed.

Anyway, here’s one from Apartment List, which rounds up the best (and worst) U.S. cities for dating. Using survey data from more than 9,000 of its single users, Apartment List has determined that Milwaukee ranks a lowly 50 out of 66. Yeowch. That’s even worse than last year’s list, where Milwaukee came it at 38 out of 70. What’s the deal, Milwaukee? Does OnMilwaukee have to update their “100 Hottest Milwaukeeans” thing?

For those keeping score at home, here’s Apartment List’s methodology:

Data is based on results from the Apartment List renter survey between February 15, 2018 and December 31, 2018. The results above are based on responses from over 26,000 renters. Renters who are married or in a long-term committed relationship are excluded from the study. Renters were asked: “How would you rate your current city or neighborhood for opportunities to date?” Possible responses are as follows: Very Satisfied, Somewhat Satisfied, Neutral, Somewhat Unsatisfied, Very Unsatisfied.

Rankings are based on the share of renters who report being very satisfied or somewhat satisfied with opportunities to date. The minimum sample size for each city was 25. Gender satisfaction breakdowns are included for cities with a minimum of 20 responses for both men and women. The city rankings incorporate ratings from both heterosexual and LGBTQIA respondents.

And here’s Milwaukee’s no-satisfaction breakdown:

Overall Satisfied: 20.16%
Male Satisfied: 27.24%
Female Satisfied: 18.12%
Millenial Satisfied: 34.73%
College Satisfied: 34.94%
No College Satisfied: 10.14%

That ranking again: 50 out of 66—right between Louisville, Kentucky and Greensboro, North Carolina. Damn. Curiously, Madison, Wisconsin placed #1 last year, yet is nowhere to be found on this year’s list. Better to be left out than demoted, we suppose.

Oh, and Austin is number one this year. Great job, Austin.

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Matt Wild weighs between 140 and 145 pounds. He lives on Milwaukee's east side.