Sexiest US Towns for Dating after 40

The dating scene gets a bad rap, but the way we see it, your 30s, 40s, and  50s can be a great time to find love (or lust)—especially if you know where to  look. To help stack the odds in your favor, we combed data from the country’s  biggest cities to find the areas with the most vibrant social scenes, the  biggest dating pools for the 35-55 set—and where the ratio of single  

1. Tampa, FL

This sunny city on Florida’s west coast is a hotbed for singles, boasting  more unmarried people over 40 than any other city in the country. With nice  weather year-round, the dating options are endless: from Latin dancing and live  music to brew pubs and outdoor excursions. As if that wasn’t enough, the dating  pool keeps getting bigger: Tampa has seen a 15 percent population growth in the  last decade alone.

2. Seattle, WA

Boating, gallery-hopping, fresh local seafood: Seattle offers a bevy of  activities to choose from, and an over-40 dating population to match. The  northwestern culture hub practically teems with never-married or divorced 40 and  50-somethings. While there’s plenty of love to go around, food-lovers can score  big: recently named Seattle the #2 top city for dating a foodie dad.  (And if you haven’t considered dating a dad, you may want to: According to, the single dads on their site are 46% more likely to meet somebody  than are their childless peers.)

3. San Francisco, CA

In case you needed another reason to love this California city, San  Franciscans also get married later than most, which means there are plenty of  potential 40-plus partners to choose from. The proximity to nature makes it easy  to take turn your dates into day trips—think hiking, biking, or a visit to  nearby wine country—but being a cultural epicenter, San Francisco has tons of  indoor options as well: gourmet restaurants that impress even the most diehard  gourmands, art centers, museums, and more.

4. Baltimore, MD

For a city of its size, Baltimore has a surprisingly large number of  available over-40s—and the dating options to match. From bustling jazz clubs and  a scenic waterfront to beautiful Chesapeake Bay and catching an Orioles game at  the city’s downtown baseball stadium, there are endless original activities you  could surprise your date with. Once you’re ready to take a day trip together,  scenic Annapolis and Washington, DC, are about a 30-mile drive away.

5. Atlanta, GA

There’s a reason this Georgia city is nicknamed “Hotlanta:” there’s a sexy  nightlife scene and it’s not limited to the under-30 set. The dating website reports that it has a more 40-plus users in Atlanta than in any  other city, and there are plenty of fish in this sea: newcomers are flooding to  the area, resulting in a more than 30 percent population bump since  2000.

6. St. Louis, MO

There’s plenty of fun to be had at night in this Midwestern hub, which has a  seemingly endless number of bars and clubs offering a vibrant nightlife and a  local music scene to rival some larger cities’.  And it’s not just young’uns  filling those bar stools: the city has high numbers of both never-married and  divorced people over 40.

7. Portland, OR

The city’s progressive leanings—which are lovingly parodied on the TV show Portlandia—can make it a great place to date: Opportunities for outdoor  activity abound, as do cultural happenings and opportunities to eat healthy,  seasonal food. Named one of the “Best Cities for Foodies” by the city-rating  organization Sperling, Portland boasts countless date-night restaurants and brew  pubs

8. Boston, MA

Maybe it’s because there are more than 100 colleges and universities in the  area, but Bostonians are never short on brainy date options—there’s an  interesting speaker, film screening or cultural event going on pretty much every  night of the week. Boston also offers plenty of chances for outdoor activity,  from revisiting history while walking the 2.5 mile red brick Freedom Trail that  runs through the city, to going for a romantic stroll along the Charles River  Esplanade.

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