How does your city rank for singles?

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map man North America"Best Cities For Singles" is on Forbes.com It was published in August. I would not have even noticed the list if not for an article in "The Other Paper" about 24 year old Paul Hamm (an Olympic gymnast) being Columbus Most Eligible Bachelor.  Wonder what the difference is between Paul Hamm and his twin brother Morgan?  

Forbes.com says:
"And finally for most of the cities on the list we have selected a "most eligible" bachelor and bachelorette'  Who is the most eligible bachelor in your city?  Agree? 

This is the 7th year for this list but the cities and the definition of what a city is have changed from pervious rankings.  The Forbes.com article says:


"First, because we are using a different U.S. census definition of "city" this year, four cities have been removed from consideration (Charlotte, Greensboro, Nashville, and Raleigh-Durham) and have been replaced with four new cities (Jacksonville, Buffalo,Memphis and Baltimore). "


They explain later in the entry what the difference is:

"But in 2007, we've begun using the Census Bureau's "Urbanized Area," which provides a tighter focus on cities themselves."

Denver which was number one in the 2005 rankings dropped like a rock to 16th because of the changes in the definition of what is a city.  If I understand the article correctly in 2005 Boulder was considered part of the Denver stats but it is not with the "tighter focus on cities themselves" in the 2007 ranking.

I wrote about Columbus making the list for best cities for singles on my other blog... ColumbusBestBlog.com

Here's the 2007 Rankings for US Cities

"San Francisco-Oakland
New York
Los Angeles
Atlanta
Chicago
Washington
San Diego
Seattle
Dallas-Fort Worth
Philadelphia
Boston
Austin
Minneapolis-St. Paul
Houston
Phoenix
Denver-Aurora
New Orleans
Las Vegas
Columbus
Miami
Detroit
Orlando
Memphis
Milwaukee
Sacramento
Baltimore
St. Louis
San Antonio
Portland
Indianapolis
Buffalo
Tampa-St. Petersburg
Virginia Beach-Norfolk
Jacksonville
Pittsburgh
Salt Lake City
Cleveland
Kansas City
Cincinnati
Providence"
 

Forbes.com says of the methodology and rankings:

"We looked at 40 of the largest urbanized areas in the country and judged them on culture, nightlife, job growth, the cost of living alone, online dating, the number of other singles and that ever-elusive quality, cool."

It's hard to believe we in Columbus are above Miami, Memphis, Sacramento, Portland, Tampa and some other cities on the list.   However when it comes to  that "ever-elusive quality, cool"  Columbus is 40th in coolness.  Maybe we need to work on our "coolness." 

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In my brain the Columbus singles dancing crowd still hangs out on Sinclair Rd...  but it has been years since I have gone so I may be working under false assumptions. And that is a bar.  There were also dances at the Elizabeth Blackwell Center???  One of my friends is into dancing big time, I should ask her sometime where they go these days.  Maybe I could Google it?

I have two left feet so dancing was never on my list.  I hate dancing so much I  broke out in a nervous sweat reading your comment Tim.  Thanks and the link is fine... I think.

September 22, 2007 02:29 PM
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Maureen, 

I had not been on the dance floor for 20+ years when I started going to the weekly dances.    I had the same fear when I started attending the dances.   I had to force myself to ask a lady to dance.  I did and the first lady I happen to choose was a great lady that lives in Canton.   And would you believe it she was a Realtor.   I only danced twice with her that night.   And made it a point of asking one new lady each week to dance.   And I kept that up.   In the 3 years I have only been declined a dance 7 times.   The group is that friendly.   Also this group up here has a cash bar, but I say very little drinking occurs.   I drink pop.  The first couple of weeks I will admit to having a COURAGE BEER.  Some times we need to loosen up a little, Life is to be enjoyed.   If you ever come up this way, I will make you dance with me.  LOL   As long as my GF does not mind.   Come enjoy this Great City.     You know Cleveland has been a "ALL AMERICAN CITY" more times than Columbus.   

September 22, 2007 02:51 PM
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Interesting that they removed all three cities in North Carolina, especially Charlotte which is a thriving area!  I will have to protest to Forbes!
September 22, 2007 03:59 PM
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We took a ballroom dance class when I was married. It was OK as long as I could dance with my husband because he helped me because he understood. Once we switched partners I got really, really sweaty. I don't know right from left unless I really, really, really think about it. The fact that there is someone else who has a right and a left of their own and you are going around in circles doesn't help. It is dance dyslexia, not a major disability but it makes dancing no fun. Add to that I ain't got no rhythm and I WANT to lead and I am not cut out for dancing. I gave up trying to make dancing part of my repertoire about 10 years ago... walking and chewing gum at the same time is tough for me I like Cleveland to visit, a lot of Cleveland feels more like a city than Columbus. I did not know Clevelan got an "ALL American City" more times than Columbus I'll have to take your word on that.
September 22, 2007 04:13 PM
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Diane: I dislike  Forbes.com since their Drunkest Cities ranking last year... it was disputed, they say it is amended somehow but I read something about how dumb the criteria was.  Needless to say Columbus rated high on that list. 

I was thinking they used the city strictly rather than the metropolitan area statics if  so growing areas with lots of jobs with lots of singles young or old, no matter how cool are not necessarily defined as "urbanized areas."   A change in definition.

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