“Every time I go out, a man offers me a job or a security clearance when they’re hitting on me,” said Elizabeth, “which is really awkward.” Taking shelter from the rain just outside of Clarendon Ballroom, Katharine Milburn, 31, vehemently supported the “successful” aspect Redfin’s choice.The Arlington native owns her own company in the area, and said many of her friends have high-paying jobs and are continually climbing the ranks within them.
Naturally, not one city is ideal for all single people.
Research consistently shows that people tend to be attracted to similar others, so it makes sense to choose a city that reflects your own values and interests.
More entertainment choices and low cost of living don’t matter much, however, if the number of potential mates to meet are limited in your area. Our data set ranges from share of single population to number of online dating opportunities to nightlife options per capita.
Read on for the cities where singles are closest to a happily ever after, expert dating advice and a full description of our methodology. In every situation, cost and budget will play a key role in finding your soul mate.
He says he loves places like Fuego, Wilson Tavern and Clarendon Grill, which each yield different types of people.
“It is a great place to meet grounded, intelligent, and successful (or on their way) people,” Maddox said.If you’re an outdoorsy person, your chances of meeting other outdoorsy people are greater in cities well-recognized for their outdoor-orientation (e.g., Boulder; Portland, Oregon), which might attract similar, like-minded people.Likewise, some cities are noted for having a relatively larger percentage of single people.Elizabeth L., 25, grew up in Arlington, and said the county’s high marks were a bit odd because her personal experiences with dating.People in the area are competitive and too focused on their jobs, she said.If your goal is to get to know someone and you're on a budget, prioritize dates that allow for conversation, rather than dates that have steep price tags but limited chance for meaningful self-disclosure.