Being single isn’t a status reserved just for the young. According to the Census Bureau, about 19.5 million Americans age 65 and older are currently single, and the good news is that it's never too late to find romance. We set out to identify some of the best places for single seniors to consider living based on sources including SeniorAdvice, Provision Living, and OurTime, the dating site for those over 50.
VERO BEACH, FLORIDA
The number one spot for meeting that special someone later in life in the U.S. is Vero Beach, where about 6.9 percent of single seniors are on a dating site, according to Provision Living. Thanks to a relatively small population, there’s not much traffic on the streets and the city has a small-town feel. The city also gets solid marks from SeniorScore, a scoring system designed to measure livability of a city for seniors.
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA
COSTA MESA, CALIFORNIA
For seniors who are not snowbirds, Towson is a good option. One of the top-ranked cities on Provision Living’s list, Towson has about 5 percent of its seniors on a dating site. The community is just minutes from neighboring Baltimore’s arts and cultural offerings, as well as the NFL Ravens’ Stadium (for all the single seniors who are sports fans). Towson’s SeniorScore is a stellar 86 percent. Not only are there a high number of Medicare registered physicians in the city, there are also 232 senior living facilities.
OCEAN CITY, NEW JERSEY
CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA
Charleston appears to be a winning combination all around. About 2.2 percent of the senior population is active on dating sites and it has a high percentage of senior residents, 12 golf courses, 20 parks, and 299 churches. The cost of living is also favorable — property taxes average about 0.63 percent of property value, which is significantly lower than the national average of 1.09 percent. Home health care costs (at about $37,752 annually) are also lower here than nationally.
PUNTA GORDA, FLORIDA
About 1.9 percent of Punta Gorda’s senior population is active on dating sites, and there are a high number of Medicare registered physicians in the area. There are 27 senior living facilities within close proximity, and 55 percent of the population are senior residents. Recreation options include 91 golf courses in or around the city and four parks.
A city famous for being the location of the annual Rose Parade, Pasadena is northeast of downtown Los Angeles. Old Pasadena, the center of the city, is a popular shopping and dining area known for Victorian and Art Deco buildings. The city made it onto Provision Living’s rankings of top choices for singles with 1.7 percent of the population active on dating sites. On the downside, the cost of living is high.
THOUSAND OAKS, CALIFORNIA
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
Birmingham is a place where single seniors can find affordable living and a history-rich culture, according to OurTime and SeniorAdvice. Property taxes are significantly lower than national averages and assisted living costs ($34,587 annually) are very low compared to national averages. As for recreation, there are 37 golf courses and 23 parks. Birmingham also offers about 34 malls and 18 movie theaters in or near the city.
Miami is home to a large and diverse senior population according to OurTime and SeniorAdvice, making it a great choice for singletons. There are plenty of options for fun and recreation, and Miami also does well in the health category, offering a high number of Medicare-registered physicians and 30 hospitals within close range. Recreation highlights include 67 golf courses, 19 parks, and 319 churches.