S.F. hits it off with singles

It’s the home of Cash McMogulsons and cougars, and now San Francisco is the highest-rated city for singles.

The City is the No. 1 city to live in if you’re of the singular persuasion, according to Forbes.com, and not a moment too soon, because San Francisco was ready to settle for a house, a fence, two kids and a golden retriever named Tahoe.

San Francisco beat out Los Angeles, which placed third, and second-place New York City. It also snagged the highest ranking of the 40 cities Forbes.com judged in culture, which new transplants and longtime locals all agreed was a major bonus to living and dating in the Bay Area.

Dating services touted the area as a prime market because singles in The City work so much and end up socializing with the same circle of friends. Also, the diversity of interests among the population makes it difficult to find time for dating, according to dating services.

Amy Brinkman, the owner of the San Francisco branch of “It’s Just Lunch,” a dating service for business professionals, called The City a great one for dating but cautioned that it is one with too many choices.

“I think that sometimes it can be like a candy store, in terms of there’s so much you don’t want to commit to one,” Brinkman said.

Singles eating lunch at the Embarcadero Center said they enjoyed the number of bars and restaurants in The City as well as the large number of events that provided ample opportunity for the young and restless to try to find their guiding lights, whether for the night or for life.

Many boasted of the diverse, good-looking and well-educated types that roam The City’s streets, but there were some qualms with how work-oriented most were and the lack of aggressiveness in some.

Each neighborhood has it local hangouts to join friends for a drink or bite to eat, and there is no pressure to marry here in The City, said Rochelle, a nine-year resident who has lived all over The City.

“I guess it boils down to there are a lot of chances to meet people here,” she said. “Whether guys will come up and talk to you, that’s a different story,” she added, noting a lack of aggressiveness in guys compared with New York City.

The City triumphed in part thanks to a retooling of Forbes.com’s methodology, the result of which knocked Denver down to 16th place after it had held the top spot for the last three years, simply because Boulder, Colo., was included with the Mile High City.

dsmith@examiner.com</p>


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