Are you one of the 30 million Americans over 50 who's single and ready to mingle? These spots offer large single populations, plus plenty of great activities.
The American Riviera – also known as Miami Beach – isn’t just home to sand and sun. The Miami-Fort Lauderdale area also home to more than 474,000 single women and 224,000 single men over the age of 55, according to research conducted by U.S. News in conjunction with Census Data from 2012. With a renowned arts scene – international art show Art Basel is held in Miami every year – a fanciful art deco district, top of the line restaurants and plenty of hot spots (on and off the beach), Miami will always have something for you to see, do or try on date-night.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Few cities have as much soul (and flavor) as New Orleans. Filled to the brim with history, artists, musicians and some of the tastiest food you’ll ever eat – po’boys, gumbo, beignets, oh my! – the Crescent City has a little something for everyone – as long as you don’t mind a little heat! Plus, with 130,000 single seniors, odds are good you’ll find yourself kicking back in a café, listening to some local jazz and sipping on a Sazerac – the official drink of New Orleans – with a special someone.
New York, New York
The Big Apple. The Empire City. The Center of the Universe. New York City goes by many names, but to the people who live here, it’s just home. It may be one of the priciest places to retire on this list, but if you’re able to swing it, New York City has an active singles scene that won’t disappoint. With thousands of restaurants – you can literally eat just about anything you want, whenever you want – plenty of entertainment on-broadway, off-broadway and beyond, and more culture than you can experience in a lifetime, New York City can be a singleton’s dream.
San Francisco, California
With access to California’s wine country, awe-inspiring redwood forests, a thriving culinary scene that runs the gamut from Burmese to Scandinavian and neighborhoods with a ton of character, San Francisco is a date night dream. It may be another one of the more expensive retirement options on the list, but if you can afford it, San Francisco won’t disappoint.
As the cultural, commercial and medical center of the Berkshires, Pittsfield is not only home to breathtaking views, it’s also home to a bustling population that partakes in community block parties (the third Thursday of every month), international film festivals and literary performances – all in the heart of Pittsfield. Plus, with the most percentage of singles over 55 in the country – 52 percent – Pittsfield’s dating pool is the largest you can dive into by far.
Red Bank, New Jersey
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With its proximity to New York City, New Jersey beaches, a hopping music scene – Count Basie called Red Bank home – and a waterfront park with beautiful views of the Navesink River, Red Bank is a small town with a whole lot of a charm and plenty of places for singles to go on dates.