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Melbournians best for first dates

According to an online dating site, it's people from Melbourne who splash the most cash when it comes to a first date.

According to an online dating site, it's people from Melbourne who splash the most cash when it comes to a first date.

Melbourne: city of pricey romance.(Credit: Allan Harris)

File this under "unscientific, but interesting". Dating site Cupid.com surveyed 1000 men and women across Australia and found that 45 per cent of Melbournians were likely to spend over AU$100 on a first date, compared to just 9 per cent of Sydneysiders.

In fact, Sydney topped the cheapskate list, with a solid 38 per cent of people in the NSW capital willing to spend less than AU$25 on a first date. Given Sydney's current love of small bars with not so small prices, we can only assume that's a first date were you only have one drink — and not buy one for your date.

Sydney can hold its head up high on one point, however — only 4.5 per cent of the people surveyed in Perth were willing to break the AU$100 mark, despite having the highest population, per capita, of self made millionaires.