Best Places to Live

Hoboken, NJ

Population: 52,452

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Singles in Hoboken, N.J., use online dating services like Tinder and Match.com at a rate that doubles the national average. So connection virtually appears to be the way to go in Hoboken, but this city’s historic neighborhoods filled with shops, restaurants and hangouts create a great atmosphere to make authentic connections. Another thing that makes Hoboken one of the best cities for singles is the high number of single people who are looking for love. More than half of the city’s population is single, and nearly half of all residents are between the ages of 21 and 35. In 2010, the W Hotel became the site of the biggest speed dating event in the world, hosting about 400 eligible men and women.
Hoboken is also considered one of the best cities for new college grads.
Residents of Hoboken make more visits to art galleries, nightclubs, sing karaoke and go dancing more than most Americans. This is a testament to the cultural amenities in and around Hoboken that make planning date nights or meetups easy. For those willing to try the bar scene, the quantity of venues may seem appealing. There are more than 10 bars within a 12-block area near the Hudson River that range from Irish pub to sports bar and dance clubs. Century-old brownstones and brick sidewalks offer a romantic atmosphere, especially on crisp fall evenings and warm spring nights. Many residents walk or bike to work, and frequently stop in the city’s bakeries and coffee shops, which offer opportunities for love-at-first-sight encounters. There are more than 25 groups within the Meetup circle in Hoboken, which host activities for new residents looking to socialize and singles looking to find that special someone.
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