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*Any seasoned single can tell you that in the dating world, at the end of the day, it’s all about playing the numbers game.

With more than 6 million people living in the greater Philly metropolitan area, single adults comprise more than 55 percent of the population, which makes Philadelphia one of the best places on the east coast for singles to mingle.

Indeed, its close proximity to New York City and Washington, D.C., make the City of Brotherly Love an affordable and great option for singles looking to make a connection with their future significant other. The town’s laid-back atmosphere is conducive to a relaxed dating environment, and the vibrant social scene means hours of fun as you get to know your new best friend.

Busy Professionals and Harried Ivy-Leaguers

All work and no play make for very frustrated singles, so Philadelphia is a great place to get your fun on in many venues across the cityscape. A vibrant bar scene, as well as significant cultural events, offers something for everyone and is guaranteed to delight and entertain residents year-round. Whether you find yourself at Bob & Barbara’s near Rittenhouse Square or you are relaxing in Arch Street’s Cascamorto Piano Bar, it’s impossible not to find a great spot for wowing the object of your affections over discounted drinks and a relaxed atmosphere.

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If your relationship has moved beyond the dark lights and smoky air of the bar district into the sunshine of the morning after, then Philadelphia has several cultural festivals and events designed to keep you and your date busy all year. Whether it’s the annual summer fireworks extravaganza at Longwood Gardens or the month-long Philadelphia Live Arts Festival held throughout the month of September, Philadelphia’s vibrant events offerings are a great reason for singles to live here.

Affordable Living

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Philadelphia is popular with singles because it is so affordable. Indeed, it seems as if Philadelphia is a tightly guarded secret that helps hides the city’s cosmopolitan flavor, low rents and exciting events. Selecting Philadelphia as your next home puts you in the catbird seat for enjoying a variety of local eateries and cultural happenings. Whether you’re tossing back a few beers or listening to local live music at Zavino, Philadelphia offers great deals on your nightlife options.

While living in a major city on the east coast will invariably cost more than a domicile in the interior, the advantages of living in Philadelphia far outweigh the costs. Regionally speaking, rents are reasonably priced as noted on Philadelphia apartments at When you are scheduling your big date for the weekend, you don’t want to have to shortchange your plans because you have to pay exorbitant rent rates every month.

Additionally, the sheer amount of free things to do make dating on a shoestring budget easy, fun and exciting in Philadelphia, from a tour of the city’s Morris Arboretum to a romantic stroll through Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens’ awe-inspiring maze of glass and ceramic artwork.

Culture and History

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As one might expect from a city that has figured so prominently in the nation’s story, historic Philadelphia has much to offer the culturally refined looking for diversions. The Institute of Contemporary Art features work from such artistic stalwarts as Andy Warhol and Laurie Anderson for your viewing enjoyment, and the Edgar Allan Poe House stands ready to your meet your literary macabre needs. As a single person, you can develop your new relationship in the shadow of Independence Hall and the iconic Liberty Bell.

College Life

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The low cost of living in Philadelphia is a huge advantage for students who have moved to the Keystone State for their education. College is a great place to meet new people and the University of Pennsylvania is one of the most renowned educational institutions in the nation. Singles looking for both an education and a soul mate have plenty of opportunities to explore when they enroll in college in the City of Brotherly Love.