Top 10 ‘Cougar Towns’ in America Revealed

‘Cougar’ a term used to describe an older woman who is primarily attracted to significantly younger men.

To pinpoint where in the states ‘cougars’ are on the prowl, the research team at PlentyOfFish, examined messaging behaviour between older women and significantly younger men on the site, which resulted in a top 10 list of “Cougar Towns” in America.

The state of Texas, widely assumed to be a top spot for southern gentlemen and cowboys, is evidently also an epicenter for older women seeking younger men, with 5 of the top 10 cities on the list hailing from The Lone Star State!

  1. San Antonio – Texas
  2. Houston – Texas
  3. Las Vegas – Nevada
  4. Phoenix – Arizona
  5. Atlanta – Georgia
  6. Jacksonville – Florida
  7. Dallas – Texas
  8. Fort Worth – Texas
  9. Los Angeles – California
  10. El Paso – Texas

To provide some insight into the research, PlentyOfFish, surveyed 500 single women between the ages of 40-60 to gain their thoughts on dating younger men.

Here’s what we found!

65% of single women ages 40-60 said they have dated a man at least 7 + years younger than themselves.

When asked how much younger? 56% of women dated men 7-10 years younger while 24 % of women dated men 10 – 15 years younger. 

chart_q3_160908But why are these women choosing to date younger men?!

28% of women said the benefits of dating a younger man is ‘that it’s purely physical and fun’ and 24% of women selected ‘other’ which was an open field in the survey. Some replies included ‘better health and appearance’, ‘age is just a number, we connected,’ and ‘a younger man has more energy.’ 


We want to hear from you! Would you or have you dated a man significantly younger than you? Comment below!

Kate Maclean

Posted by Kate Maclean

Kate is the PR Generalist at PlentyOfFish. Like a kid in a candy shop, Kate’s favorite things to do are eat mass amounts of sushi, spoon with her cat Snoop Dogg, and hike the great Canadian wilderness. Her favorite quote of all time is “people who love to eat are the best people” -Julia Child.

One thought on “Top 10 ‘Cougar Towns’ in America Revealed

  1. I have never been into younger men. I have two sons in their twenties. One early, the other late twenties.. I have no desire to be with a much younger man..
    The youngest, man that I would date would be 5 years younger.

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