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Moving to Another Town to Find Singles (Rich or Otherwise)

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There are many reasons to move from one city or town to another. I would expect moving for a job is one of the most popular reasons. If you have a great job working for a company, but they decide, with or without your agreement, that you would benefit the company more working for a different location, you can find yourself and possibly your family packing up your belongings and making a new start in a different location. Perhaps you have an exciting job offer, but it’s only available or you’d only consider it if you lived near the company’s location. Moving for a job offer is slightly more risky than moving for a company you’ve been working for; it might take some time with a new company to determine if the job is a good match.

In terms of moving for work-related reasons, the riskiest situation is moving to a new location in search of a job. If you’re struggling to find gainful employment, you might be tempted to move somewhere where the job market is heating up. North Dakota was in the news quite a bit earlier this year. The Bakken area of the state features companies paying good money to attract employees to the oil industry. The industry just happens to be booming there — at least, for the moment.

Employment isn’t the only reason to move. Some people simply have a personality that prevents them from staying in the same location for too long. Whether it’s a sense of adventure or just a desire to change the environment, people move for all sorts of personal reasons. Love is probably one of most significant of these personal reasons.

Love encourages people to move from one place to another. That includes established love, where a long-distance relationship grows to the point where two people want to combine their lives, as well as a quest for love, when the odds of finding a life-long mate are better elsewhere. If money is an important aspect of your ideal match — if you’re interested in meeting wealthy singles — Money Magazine has just the survey for you.

Money has reviewed census data, and with the help of a third party, has determined the 25 best cities or towns in the United States to find wealthy singles. Many of these areas also happen to be college towns. Live near a local university, and there’s a good chance of finding young, successful, educated adults ready and poised for meeting the right partner for a long-term relationship.

The best places for meeting rich singles include Hoboken and Piscataway, New Jersey; Brookline and Cambridge, Massachusetts; Alexandria and Arlington, Virginia; and Mountain View, Irvine, and Redondo Beach, California. These cities and others listed by Money Magazine offer a young, wealthy, single population, with a variety of community activities singles might find interesting. Piscataway is only a few minutes from where I live, and it’s the home of Rutgers University.

Things are pretty quiet in Piscataway, and they like it that way. But that doesn’t mean you’ll have any trouble meeting someone. During football season, tap into a tailgate party at Rutgers University, the school where college ball was born.

Or head to Johnson Park, 473 acres of green space along the banks of the Raritan River. And if you want to mingle while giving back a little something to the community, volunteer opportunities abound at the township’s museums, galleries and annual street fair.

I’m encouraging readers who are single, or those who can imagine they were in this position, to share their opinions.

  • Would you move to a new town in the hopes of finding better luck with love?
  • Does the idea of finding singles with high income interest you more than the locations that provide the most favorable male to female ratio for your situation?
  • How important is the wealth factor in determining your targeted location for living?
  • What other reasons might you have for moving from one town to another?

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Luke Landes is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about Luke Landes and follow him on Twitter. View all articles by .

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avatar Jenna, Adaptu Community Manager

Not sure I would ever do this. Maybe for established love, but that would have to come with a proposal I think.

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avatar qixx ♦1,895 (Half-Dollar)

I have a sister-in-law that has moved to college towns for a better singles’ life. The prospect of more single men and better jobs was her draw. Don’t think the wealth level of the single men in that area was a factor she concidered.

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avatar krantcents

My first apartment when I got married was on the banks of the Raritan (Highland Park)! If I were single, I probably would move to the area of the city where there more single people.

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avatar Lance @ Money Life and More

I wouldn’t move to find love but the Washington DC area has a lot of educated single folk for sure! I always heard about it when I lived up there and it is very true.

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avatar Ceecee ♦53 (Newbie)

I would consider moving to an area that had more singles if I were looking for someone. Urban areas seem to have more singles. I have heard that there are lots of single men in Alaska, but that’s one place I would never move to. Income would not be an issue, I consider myself responsible for my own financial well-being.

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