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“I’ve been told many times since I moved here that it’s hard to be single here,” said Devin Green, an unattached 31-year-old woman who has been living in the city for about a year.
Long winters, reserved demeanors and inescapable exes are reasons why people say Portland can be a difficult place to date. With more than 15,000 residents ages 20 to 34 and unmarried – about a quarter of the city’s adult population – the concentration of young, single people is about the same in Portland as it is in New York City, and is twice as high as in Maine as a whole.
“The number of people that I actually clicked with was so low.
I’d have to go on 20 dates to find one person that I really connected with,” said Straubel, who has since moved back to Portland, where she said she has something in common with every guy she dates.
The percentage of those people with profiles on makes most of the rest of New England look like an online-dating desert.
And as for the number of bars per capita – a figure that’s often used to rate the best cities for singles – even nightlife hot spots like Las Vegas and New Orleans can’t hold a cocktail to Portland, where there’s a drinking establishment for every 1,000 residents.
“There are lots of people who are trying to meet people,” he said.
Apse, who has lived in several smaller towns, said he moved to Portland because he thought he’d have a better chance of finding a partner in the city.
The exception is Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where nearly 7 percent of young singles use the site. In a random selection of cities known as cultural centers, Portland falls smack in the middle for singles per capita – lower than Boston and Austin, Texas, but higher than Seattle and San Francisco.