Sep 1, 2022 - Real Estate

OK Cupid finds Miamians are seeking true love and shared rent

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Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

From the outside, Miami might seem like a city of sex-crazed partiers looking for superficial connections. But most of us are softies searching for true romance … and someone to split rent and utilities.

  • That's what OK Cupid found when the online dating site combined some of its survey findings with data from Realtor.com.

By the numbers: OK Cupid surveyed 2 million daters asking whether they were more interested in love or sex, and found that the majority of respondents in Miami chose love. Totally off-brand, right?!

  • But in fact, 73% of daters answered that way, the highest percentage of cities listed.
  • 72% of daters in Boston picked love over sex, as did 72% in Chicago and 69% in San Diego.

Now, once they found love, how long would people wait to move in with a partner? OK Cupid asked and found:

  • 17% said less than 6 months
  • 37% said 6 months to 1 year
  • 34% said 1–2 years
  • 12% said 2+ years.

The intrigue: 87% of respondents said they'd want to split the rent.

  • Rents went up 26.2% in Miami from July 2021 to July 2022, the highest of 50 metro areas. With a one-bedroom costing $2,500, splitting that 50/50 with your lover would save about $1,250 each month.

OK Cupid also reported that:

  • Singles who are saving to buy a home got 13% more "likes" on the dating platform and 24% more matches than people who aren't saving.
  • Millennials and Gen Zers say that owning a home is a bigger turn-on than being attractive.
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