Best Places to Live

Ames, IA

Population: 62,815
Courtesy of the Ames Chamber of Commerce

Located in the heart of the Midwest, Ames, Iowa, provides singles with both a large dating pool and plenty of places to get to know each other. What makes Ames one of the best cities for singles is how active residents are. They use online dating sites and apps at a higher rate than most Americans, but also spend more time dancing at clubs, playing pool, watching romantic movies and singing karaoke.

Singles in Ames also spend a lot of time engaging in recreational activities like biking, running, golfing and hiking. The city features 36 parks, more than 55 miles of trails, an aquatic center and ice skating rink. Many residents utilize Squaw Creek and the South Skunk River for canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. Ames receives a fair amount of snow during the winter months, which creates perfect conditions for sledding and cross-country skiing. Iowa State University hosts a variety of events that are open to the public, from movies and concerts to football games and lectures. Ames has been ranked one of the best college towns and one of the best places to live.

Among the best ways to meet new people in Ames is by joining clubs like the Ames Area Running Club, adult sports leagues or attending various Meetups. Meetups range from role-playing groups and coffee drinkers to preppers, which include homesteaders, survivalists and self-sufficiency advocates. It’s easy to find like-minded folks no matter your personal tastes.

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