Guide to Dating in Georgia

Georgia is a state known for southern hospitality, incredibly picturesque landscapes, and college football rivalries that other parts of the country just wouldn’t understand. And while those are cornerstones of what makes Georgia, well, Georgia, it’s not what we want to talk about today. We want to talk about something arguably much more important but certainly talked about much less—dating in Georgia.

If you’re looking for love and haven’t had the luck you’ve hoped for, don’t lose hope. Today, we’re going to share a wealth of knowledge about dating in Georgia that will help you to hopefully have immense success.

Georgia is one of the most interesting states in the nation in the sense that it’s far from homogenous. In other words, Atlanta is going to be wildly different than Columbus which is going to be wildly different than Buckhead. And you know what? That’s awesome! It means that no matter what types of singles you’re looking for or what style and speed you like to date, it will be accommodated.

But what is dating in Georgia really like besides different in different cities? Let’s get into it. Here are a few of the things you might see when getting back out on the single scene in Georgia.

Expect southern tendencies when you get outside of the major cities.

Depending on what city you’re in, you’ll quickly remember that you’re still in the south. This means people who may still believe in traditional gender roles, chivalry, and a lot of yes ma’ams. We’re not here to argue the merits of these things one way or another, but merely just to let you know what to expect.

Family matters

Coupled with the previous point, southern people have a strong sense of family. And this is also something that you’ll find in people in the bigger cities whose families live locally. Expect their family to be part of the dating process as things get a bit more serious.

The nightlife scene in Atlanta is huge

If you still like to meet singles at bars and nightclubs, you’ll have plenty of options for this in Atlanta. In fact, the nightlife scene is pretty fire for clubs, bars, restaurants, and lounges. This is also going to be the case in a lot of the college towns like Athens, Carrollton, Decatur, Marietta, and more.

Sports and rivalries are a thing…a BIG thing

If you’re over the age of about 35, this is probably not going to be as big of a deal. However, if you’re in the young professional bracket or even the college-age, expect their to be some rivalry talk when it comes to sports. The Georgia Bulldogs have a pretty big handle on the college scene, but some Tech fans and out-of-state Bama and Gator fans might argue with that point. When it comes to professional sports, it’s all about the Falcons and the Hawks. But with so many people migrating into the city (especially Atlanta), expect them to bring their favorite sports teams with them. This can be just a fun point of conversation and friction when dating, but for some people—it could mean much more.

Cultural and historical dates can be a hit

Georgia is a state that has a ton of cultural amenities (museums, historical sites, etc.). These can make for amazing first dates (or dates later on). Take advantage of these opportunities!

Consider the weather when planning dates

There is something about the Georgia heat and humidity that is indescribable and not in a good way. If you’re looking to date in Georgia during the hotter months, plan your dates (and the time of your dates) accordingly. It’s a lot easier to meet someone and fall in love when you’re in the air conditioning and not constantly wiping sweat off your forehead.

There is a strong military presence

If you live somewhere like Columbus, Valdosta, Augusta, or any of the other cities around the 13 military bases in the state of Georgia, expect to see a lot of camouflage on the dating apps. Soldiers have to date too, so just be aware you’ll see quite a few in these cities.

Atlanta Ranks 4th Best City for Singles in the U.S.

This Georgia dating guide wouldn’t be complete without talking a little bit about the biggest city in the state. As mentioned, Hotlanta didn’t earn its nickname by being a crummy city for singles and beautiful people. In a recent Healthy Framework study, the research team looked at the 100 largest cities in the country and compared them across 36 different data points. The goal? To find the best and worst cities in the country for singles. Atlanta, doing best in the dating amenities and quality of the dating pool categories, came in at an impressive 4th place.

Are There More Men or More Women Using Georgia Dating Apps?

The last thing we want to share about the Georgia dating scene are some statistics from the latest Census that pertain to the singles population. While these won’t have a very granular effect on you, they’re nice to understand for the bigger picture themes of what you’re about to jump into.

Total Georgia Population

  • 10,799,566

Population in Georgia by Gender

  • 51.2% women in Georgia
  • 48.8% men in Georgia

Overall Singles (Unmarried) by Gender

  • 53.5% of women in Georgia are single
  • 49.8% of men in Georgia are single

Population in Georgia by Age

  • The median age in the state is 37.5 (just slightly under the National average).
  • 13.5% aged from 20-29 years old
  • 13.6% aged from 30-39 years old
  • 13.0% aged from 40-49 years old
  • 12.9% aged from 50-59 years old
  • 20.8% aged 60+ years old

% Households With Internet in GA

  • 79.0% of households in Georgia have internet access

Source: Georgia Census

One of our favorite ways to better understand what the singles scene in a particular state looks like is through data (if that isn’t already pretty dang clear). And one of our favorite data sets to look at is recent search engine traffic. Cities with higher levels of search traffic around online dating are areas where it’s the most popular. And while this doesn’t mean the rest of the state would be out of luck, it’s pretty exciting if you happen to live in one of these hot-bed areas.

According to the most recent results, the city in Georgia with the highest level of search traffic for online dating terms is Augusta. For those of you that are shocked it wasn’t Atlanta, so were we. Atlanta came in at an extremely close second place with only 1% less search traffic. We’ve included the full list of hot spots below.

Map of Georgia Google Trends Data for Online Dating
  1. Augusta GA – (100)
  2. Atlanta GA – (99)
  3. Macon GA – (90)
  4. Savannah GA – (74)
  5. Columbus GA – (54)
  6. Tallahassee FL-Thomasville GA – (38)
  7. Chattanooga TN – (30)
  8. Jacksonville FL – (11)
  9. Albany GA
  10. Dothan AL