By Chris Kudialis
This article was originally published in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, October 5th, 2015.
Reprinted with permission.
It was only a few weeks ago that I wrote detailing “The Economics of Gold Diggers”, yesterday Chris Kudialis of the Review-Journal expanded this reality and took a much deeper dive. Did you know Las Vegas ranks 3rd in Sugar Daddies?
One in every 52 Las Vegas men are “sugar daddies,” ranking Nevada’s largest city third on the popular dating website’s list of most sugar daddies per capita in North America.
With over 5 million users, SeekingArrangement.com is the continent’s largest website for wealthy benefactors seeking “mutually beneficial relationships,” a spokesperson said Monday. Nearly 48,000 of the site’s users live in Las Vegas, which ranked just behind Austin, Texas and Atlanta for sugar daddies per capita.
“People here are just a little more open to the sugar daddy lifestyle,” said Brook Urick, who represents the site in the Las Vegas valley. “It’s more relevant with all of high-rollers and wealthy Vegas men that might not have as much time for a traditional relationship.”
Sugar daddies, over 98 percent men, typically “enjoy attractive company by their side,” a description from the website said. “Money isn’t an issue,” so sugar daddies can be “generous” when it comes to supporting their sugar babies, the site said.
Their beneficiaries, described as people “looking for the finer things in life,” also appreciate “exotic trips and gifts,” the site said. But Urick swore she’s not representing an online prostitution site or escort service. She called it a “more convenient, transactional relationship.”
An interviewed Las Vegas sugar daddy agreed. “D,” 67, is a retired insurance salesman. He divorced five years ago, and has since invested in “straight-up, mutual relationships” on Craigslist and “a couple other sites.”
At his peak, D said he had up to 10 “sugar babies” on his payroll at once. Gifts to D’s sugar babies included cars and cell phones.
Here’s the complete list of the best sugar daddy cities as compiled by Metro International:
- Las Vegas
- San Francisco
- Los Angeles
- San Antonio
- San Jose
- San Diego
- New York