With a diverse array of culture, entertainment, attractions and nightlife, the singles scene is thriving across our fifty states. That’s great news for the estimated 111 million Americans whose relationship status is “currently unattached” and looking to move or simply explore a new city.
For those who prefer more excitement than just dinner-and-a-movie, some U.S. cities take that singles-friendly vibe to the next level. The following cities offer the perfect combination of excitement and romance, ranking high in affordable housing, trendy dining, artistic pursuits, outdoor recreation and sporting events,
Meet: Music-loving, tex-mex-eating singles in a funky city.
This capital of the Lone Star State is a mecca for the young, hipster singles—with the motto, “keep Austin weird,” that’s not surprising. The locals here take pride in their quirky creative scene, renowned Tex-Mex street food, and crowd-drawing music festivals.
In fact, Austin has the nation’s second highest concentration of millennial residents, according to research compiled by the Brookings Institute. This makes it an ideal backdrop for singles to meet over tortilla chips and queso at an intimate bluegrass venue. If you love music and good food, this is a great city to meet your next great love.
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Meet: Outdoor adventurers who live on craft beer and fresh air.
Given its penchant for the alfresco lifestyle, like rafting, skiing, trail running or hiking, Denver is the place for adventurous singles to connect. The scenic Rocky Mountain National Park is just an hour’s drive from the metro-area, allowing outdoor enthusiasts to fall in love amidst 355 miles of breathtaking wilderness. Don’t forget to refuel at one of the 60 breweries in the city limits.
What’s more, while many major U.S. cities can break the bank in living expenses—think, San Francisco or Seattle—Denver is quickly becoming more affordable for renters, according to a Denver Rent Report. Rent prices are down nearly 5 percent, allowing you to live comfortably while you look for your next Romeo or Juliet.
Meet: Country-music loving singles who love the eclectic Nashville culture.
Another locale known for its vibrant music offerings is this Southern charmer. It’s perfect for singles whose idea of a date includes strapping on cowboy boots and listening to country crooners. You’ll enjoy romantic date nights at venues like the Ryman Auditorium and Bridgestone. Don’t forget to explore neighborhood dives like the Bluebird Café, too. It’s no surprise that Travel & Leisure has rated this city number-one for concerts and live music.
Nashville is also known for it’s funky shops and eclectic neighborhoods with lively late-night spots that are perfect for active singles. For those who want to fall in love to a country music soundtrack—or spend their first date at a funky, eclectic bar—this is the U.S. city for you.
Meet: Sports-loving singles who may moonlight as a bookworm.
Boston is a meeting of the minds for single bookish types. If you want to explore our country’s history while discussing politics or swapping reading lists, you may need to head to Boston. Active singles will also love that you may even bike to your next date, according to Thrillist’s 17 Ways Dating in Boston is Different Than Anywhere Else.
But don’t worry if you’re not the academic type and you don’t like biking. Boston has plenty to offer for sports fans too. Get ready to enjoy your first date over beers at a Red Sox game or while sitting courtside at the Celtics. No matter where you go, the fandom here is unmatched—and the camaraderie of rooting for their team draws many Boston singles together.
San Diego, CA
Meet: Healthy singles who prefer first dates on the water.
This U.S. city is a beach- and fitness-lover’s paradise. It’s a coastal California gem, home to singles who enjoy surfing, biking, and paddle-boarding. At any given time, you’ll see groups of bikers riding along the 101 or runners taking in the sites along Mission Bay.
It’s no surprise that San Diego’s average health score is 95.3, ranking as the fifth fittest city nationwide. Active singles may meet their next true love spiking balls on a local volleyball team, attending a weekly running MeetUp, or lifting weights at one of the many boutique gyms.
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Active Singles: Find Your New Homebase
The single life in a major city is exciting, but the odds of meeting a partner can also seem daunting at times. Add these cities to your list of move-worthy locations to meet other active singles who want to listen to great music, explore the outdoors, or surf on a Saturday morning. You may just meet a special someone while enjoying the lifestyle of your new homebase.