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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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