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Pillow Talk: The Geography of Love

Do you love your single life? Some men and women enjoy the dating scene, while others are ready to find their soul mate. I love Charlotte from Sex and the City for summing up the single doldrums: "I've been dating since I was fifteen. I'm exhausted. Where is he? My hair hurts."

Despite all the great promises of technology, there's just no formula for finding your one and only. Still, some people go to great lengths in their romantic quest, but have they done their research?

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Ever felt surrounded by single guys when you travel, but they seem in short supply when you're home? Turns out, certain cities have greater dating pools than others. Men's Health magazine published a recent article naming cities across America where singles have the most luck finding other singles.

To determine which cities ranked best, the researchers looked at 6 key criteria. Finding a romantic partner is, in part, really just a numbers game, so the more singles in the same community, the better the odds of meeting someone. Next, the research looked at the divorce rate per city and the percentage of divorced men, as someone who's never been married is more likely to stay married (roughly 60% of remarriages fail).

You want your fella around for the long haul, so physical shape and health were rated. The philanthropic tendencies of a town were evaluated; we want someone who thinks of others! And smart is sexy, of course, so the study looked for cities packed with college graduates.

When the number crunching ended and the scores were tallied, 5 cities emerged as the best places to meet a potential suitor: San Francisco, Minneapolis, San Jose, Arlington, and Raleigh. The 3 worst cities for meeting your match are Buffalo, Charleston, and Toledo. To find where your favorite city or home town ranked on the list click here.


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lickety-split lickety-split 10 years
exactly, controlledspin. san diego use to be high on the list and being from there originally i can tell you that unless you want either an enlisted military guy, a student, or a surfer; it's slip pickins. san jose is full of single men; most are of the geek variety but they are available. when i first moved to the bay area i was sort of shocked at the number of available men. also, the women here are very competitive in the business world, so the fact that i wanted to be a sahm was HUGE. every guy i met here was thrilled that i was more interested in family than career. i guess it just depends on where you go. no need to change what you want since there are different areas of the country where you will be in demand.
andaman andaman 10 years
ha ha ha controlledspin you have a valid point there!
controlledspin controlledspin 10 years
Um, I hate to be a downer here, but I wonder if the sexuality of the single men was considered. I see that San Francisco is the top city...
honeysugar28 honeysugar28 10 years
So did Miami I'm not surprised at all!
pixiechick pixiechick 10 years
My town Tampa got an F :(
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