A significant number of UK singles aged over 40 are leaving London to seek love elsewhere, according to a new study.
New research released by mature dating site Older-Dating.co.uk looks into the dating habits of senior singles in the UK, revealing some interesting insights into the best and worst areas to find love if you are 40 or over.
The figures, taken from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), indicate that out of the 6.4m people aged over 20 in London, 48% of them are single, and 1.6m of them leave the capital after they turn 40.
When looking at the reasons why such a large proportion of London’s mature singles leave, the dating site found the top reasons include high house prices, its “hookup culture” and intense work ethic, as well as the wish to find a relationship and start a family.
As a result of this, other towns and cities across the UK are becoming increasingly populated with singles over 40, with Birmingham, Cheshire and Leeds containing the highest numbers of people from this demographic.
According to the study, leading senior dating hot spot Birmingham has an estimated 153,994 single people over 40, comprised of 52.25% women and 47.75% men.
In terms of gender, men are most likely to find a female partner in Glasgow, because single women over 40 outnumber men by 20,000.
Although these locations offer the highest chance of finding love for seniors, areas including Dorset, East Sussex, West Sussex and Devon all have a higher concentration of singles over 40 than the national average of 34.6%.
Contrastingly, Older Dating also released some statistics regarding the least likely locations for over 40s to find love in the UK, naming Clackmannanshire, Corby, Rossendale, Shetland Islands and Tamworth as the top five.
To check out the full results, go here.