Often people move when they are in their 20s and first choosing a career and may not move after that.Singles who are hoping to eventually marry should think about whether that city has other singles, or a mostly older and much younger population made up of families.More specifically, look for neighborhoods where single people are concentrated.
Often people don't consider homeownership until after marriage, but as young adults these days wait considerably longer to settle down with a permanent partner compared to decades past, they may spend several years renting when instead they could be building equity in a home that they can later sell or rent out after marriage.
Finally, singles often eat out at restaurants or order takeout more than families because they feel it's not worth the effort to cook for themselves, and in general participate more in city nightlife.
A thriving nightlife (music shows, art galleries, microbreweries and bars) often indicates a city with plenty of opportunity to meet others singles.
They should also, whenever possible, avoid cities where they would not want to live long-term; if you meet a local and marry them, they may not want to move somewhere else, and marriage makes moving much harder in general, as couples balance both of their careers, and finding two jobs in a second location is much harder than finding one. Singles will go on many more first dates than they will go on second dates, so save the expensive dates for later in a relationship.
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It's pretty simple: Look for cities that have a lot of other single people!But those of us single moms in the real world know that life can be challenging when trying to juggle your kids, job, friends, errands, workouts, and meeting the love of your life.Finding love is part willingness and part geography: You can only be so determined to have a happily ever after; your zip code has to meet you halfway.Singles are typically a net economic gain, because they pay a higher tax rate (including indirectly paying for property taxes via their rent), spend more money on consumables like alcohol and music shows, and do not draw upon services like public schools.However they are less likely to purchase homes, which makes them less personally invested in the success of the city and their own neighborhoods compared to families.With shifting gender norms, a man spending hundreds of dollars on a first date can actually be more of a turn off, as women may wonder what exactly he is expecting in return.