Couples aiming for a special Valentine’s Day are known to plan in advance, but a recent report suggests that the best way for South Florida lovers to prepare may be by saving up money — a lot of it.
WalletHub, a personal finance data website, surveyed the 100 most populated U.S. cities and ranked them based on Valentine’s Day activities, budget, gift accessibility and weather forecast.
Two South Florida cities made the list, but neither ranked well for affordability. Hialeah bottomed out the list, earning it the WalletHub accolade, “Worst City for Valentine’s Day.”
Miami was tied for first in cities with the most jewelry stores and florists per capita, pushing it ahead of most others. However, Miami’s ranking took a nosedive when it took the crown for the most expensive meal for two on Valentine’s Day.
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Miami ranked 82 out of the 100 cities calculated. But WalletHub warns budget-conscious couples that a holiday in Miami is the most expensive around. The city ranked last for affordability.
Miami ranked a high 5 for both Valentine’s Day Activities and Valentine’s Day Gift Accessibility.
Hialeah ranked lowest — 100 out of 100. The city’s total adjusted score was half of Miami’s at 22.86.
Hialeah ranked dismally in Valentine’s Day activities, with a score of 95, but the city did moderately well with Valentine’s Day Gift Accessibility, ranking 57th.
The saving grace for Hialeah is a 21 on the ‘Valentine’s Day Weather Forecast’ Rank, which was oddly better than Miami’s spot at 26.
According to Wallethub experts, the most financially conscious couples will buy their gifts in Miami, but hold the date night dinner in Hialeah.