Boston manages to meld scrappy and intellectual — a relatively small city that is home to some of the most prestigious universities in the world, bolstered by culture, parks and a fine quality of life.
Greater Boston (population 4.5 million) includes the city of Boston (617,594) and more than 100 cities and towns.
Both San Francisco and its huge woodsy park, the Presidio, have been honored as bicycle-friendly locales.
San Francisco's universities are yet one more place for older singles to meet up.
We also kept an eye on health care resources and costs (although in some cases — notably San Francisco and New York — the sheer single-friendliness of the city trumped its admittedly steep cost of living).
Read on (the 10 cities are in no particular order), and let us know from your experience what other cities and towns are particularly single-friendly, and why.
The metro area also offers nearly 120 miles of Atlantic coastline and lots of dedicated bike paths. Massachusetts is a great place to be retired from a government job or the military because most payments from public pensions are exempt from state taxes.
Locals bond over sports: The Red Sox and New England Patriots have become regular contenders; the Celtics are synonymous with Boston hoops tradition; and the Bruins have the second-most Stanley Cup victories by a U. And metro Boston is a major center of medical talent, with a very high concentration of physicians, hospital beds per capita and teaching hospitals.The job market is holding up better than it is in most cities, and foreclosures are much less of a problem than they are elsewhere in California.Maybe it is the mix of nature's wonders and cosmopolitan allure that sparks romance: Whether you are strolling the wharfs, huffing up one of the city's vertiginous hills, sampling sushi in the Noe Valley neighborhood or cycling across the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco seems to shine — at least when it's not blanketed in fog.Still, some cities are better than others for older singles, especially those who are seeking some place to retire.We plied the country to find 10 great cities in which to retire for older singles, focusing primarily on places with convivial locals, a solid percentage of AARP-age residents and, of course, a lot of things to do — either solo or with a date.The smaller places range from 17th-century villages (Plymouth) to some of the oldest suburbs in America (Brookline and Braintree).