While there’s a lot of things that go into a good first date, such as compatibility, physical attractiveness and similar backgrounds, there are actually few things more essential to a fun and interesting love life as a good city to play in. Your perfect partner might be out there somewhere, but you’re less likely to find that person in a small town with few people your age and even fewer good places to go for a date. When looking at America’s best cities to date in, you need to consider factors such as the variety of potential suitors, the tolerance of that city for people of all sexualities, and of course the range of fun stuff to do, as well as how romantic that city might be. With that in mind, here’s our round-up of the best cities in the U.S. for dating.
New York City, N.Y.
Perhaps the most obvious contender on the list, the Big Apple offers a diverse dating scene that is unrivalled pretty much anywhere on Earth. With tens of thousands of restaurants, a booming nightlife scene, and of course some of the most romantic backdrops in existence, singletons from over 300 countries can be found in this city. And, as life becomes more hectic, dating apps like Badoo, help connect singletons throughout the United States. So, you no longer have to worry about approaching that person at the bar.
San Francisco, C.A.
The hilly tech paradise of San Fran’ also scores big on tolerance and diversity, as well as plenty of iconic spots to experience a first kiss, such as the Golden Gate Bridge and the dreamy Fisherman’s Wharf area (best enjoyed at sunset). There’s also a solid public transportation system here, meaning you won’t have to worry about standing a date up because of nightmarish traffic or a broken down subway.
With some of the best universities in the world here, Boston scores highly as a place to find a potential suitor due mainly to the huge pool of highly-educated and international young people that flock to the city every semester. The historic neighbourhoods of Beacon Hill and Downtown are also packed full of cozy cobbled streets and homely little cafes which make ideal spots for first, second or third dates.
While it’s hard to fault the romantic merits of a trip up the space needle for that all-important couple-selfie, the hipster haven of Seattle has a whole lot more to offer those who are on the lookout for love. This city is the home of global coffee chain Starbucks, and a knock-on effect of that is that you have here a city that takes its coffee incredibly seriously, with more atmospheric, affordable and eccentric little coffee shops than you can shake a stick at, meaning you’ll never be short of a nice spot to meet a date, wherever you are in town
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Formerly known as the land of Al Capone and bootlegging, America’s third biggest city also happens to be one of the most diverse places in the world, meaning that the dating pool here is more varied than most other cities. More importantly, thanks to relatively affordable rents compared to NY and SF, the city is becoming a magnet for talented and educated millennials from across the U.S., meaning a prospective dater will have no trouble finding a partner.
If you’re looking at relocating and haven’t decided where to yet, hopefully, this list will help you choose the right city for you, as what’s a more compelling argument than the potential for romance?