It helps, of course, that the city has a fairly compact center loaded with date-friendly diversions — indoors and out — to suit most tastes.
San Francisco is among the top 10 metro areas for population density, with more than 800,000 people packed into a central city the size of Disney World. is well known for its eccentricities, but it is also a high-functioning city.
Rates of smoking and obesity are low, so the metro area has low mortality from heart disease and low rates of hypertension.
Because traffic congestion is a serious problem in the city, many locals use the region's excellent subway system or walk or bicycle to work.
In 2011, Boston was ranked the fifth most literate big city in the United States, and a high share of area residents have a college degree.
The city's parks are big and exceptionally good, with several designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.
The city has a diverse and tolerant population, with a strong gay and lesbian community and more than 100 distinct neighborhoods. In 2010, Foreign Policy magazine ranked San Francisco as the world's 12th most important city.
San Francisco also ranked ninth on the 2011 list of America's Most Literate Cities.
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.
Still, some cities are better than others for older singles, especially those who are seeking some place to retire.