Vegas gets high marks in new “Best Places for Valentine’s Day” study

A dog holds a bouquet of tulips for his valentine
Valentine's Day Photo credit Irina Kashaeva/Getty Images

Las Vegas, NV (KXNT) - As the saying goes, “money can’t buy love.” But it certainly can express it. This year, Americans collectively will spend $25.9 billion on Valentine ’s Day gifts — from greeting cards to jewelry to a special night out — with the average lovebird shelling out $193.

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But you don’t need to empty your wallet just to show your romantic side. Depending on where you go and what you do, a sweet evening can be inexpensive and still have the same quality. You just need to be in the right place with the right budget.

With love in the air, WalletHub played cupid to determine the most romantic and cost-effective cities for celebrating Valentine’s Day, comparing  100 of the largest U.S. cities across 26 key metrics, ranging from florists per capita to forecasted precipitation to cost of a three-course meal for two.

WalletHub was sweet on Las Vegas, ranking us 4th overall, trailing only San Francisco, Seattle and San Diego.

WalletHub gave Vegas the top rating in the categories of “Chocolate Shops per Capita” and “Florists per Capita”, with top ten rankings for “Restaurants per Capita’ (3rd), “Greeting Card Stores and Gift Shops per Capita” (4th) and “Jewelry Stores per Capita” (9th)

Hurting Las Vegas’ overall score was the cost of it all, with Sin City ranking 38th in the “Budget” category.

For a look at the full WalletHub study, click here.

Featured Image Photo Credit: Irina Kashaeva/Getty Images