Dating at any age can be a challenge but even more so for those who are 50 and older. As we age our habits, and what we’re looking for changes, so hanging at the bar may no longer be a popular way to meet people.
Instead many seniors are looking to the Internet for finding love, a significant other, or even just companionship. For instance, OurTime one such dating site for singles over 50, and SeniorAdvice.com a senior housing referral services, has released a list of America’s top cities for single seniors.
The list ranks 15 cities from across the country, and highlights reasons for being featured and potential dating activities for seniors.
A variety of factors were considered when compiling the list, including the following: percentage of single senior population in the area, various and available social activities for unattached seniors, online dating site usage, weather, quality of healthcare, number of hospitals and pharmacies, number of parks and outside activities, cost of living, and the city’s SeniorScore.
SeniorScore is a comprehensive unbiased scoring system specifically designed to identify and measure the livability for seniors and was created by SeniorAdvice.com. The SeniorScore ranking is calculated by compiling and analyzing more than 100 variables, including access to health care and number of senior residents, to help determine how well a specific location accommodates the comfort and needs of senior citizens.
The list highlights a wide variety of medium-sized and large cities spread out among multiple regions in the United States. SeniorAdvice.com defined medium-sized cities as those ranging in population size of 50,000-500,000 residents, and large cities as having over 500,000 residents.
Several cities in Florida made the list, including Naples, mainly for its high percentage of seniors in the population, and Miami, for its high number of recreational activities. Surprisingly, multiple cities in Ohio also made the list, including Cleveland, for its performing arts options, and Dayton, for its healthcare. The country’s Northeastern region had several cities make the list, including Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which was named number one for multiple reasons, such as free public transit options for seniors.
New York City was also listed because of its diverse population and lively nature. The Southern part of the United States had a strong presence on the list as well. Birmingham, Ala., Memphis, Tenn., and Plano, Texas, are all affordable cities with growing senior populations. Sunny cities such as Scottsdale and Honolulu also made the list.
The following U.S. cities have been named by OurTime and SeniorAdvice.com as the top cities for 50+ singles in 2018:
- Pittsburgh, PA
- Scottsdale, AZ
- Cleveland, OH
- Naples, FL
- St. Louis, MO
- Santa Fe, NM
- Birmingham, AL
- New York, NY
- Honolulu, HI
- Memphis, TN
- Madison, WI
- Plano, TX
- Dayton, OH
- Miami, FL
- Spokane, WA
The number of single adults over the age of 50 is higher than ever and many of them are turning to dating Apps to find a partner. In 2016, there were 19.5 million unmarried U.S. residents age 65+, which make up 17.7% of all unmarried adults, according to the United States Census Bureau.
OurTime recently released a survey which explores numerous dating trends and dating habits. The survey, “It’s Still On: Dating After 50,” reports that nearly 72% of singles over 50 are open to finding love in the future. The survey also concluded that compared to when they were in their 20s, 65% of 50+ singles say they have a deeper appreciation for relationships now, are better partners now (61%), and say it’s easier now to figure out if the person is right for them sooner (57%).