7 Best Places to Meet Single Women (2018)

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7 Best Places to Meet Single Women (2018)

Hayley Matthews Hayley Matthews
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Single adults now outnumber married adults for the first time since 1976 (when the US federal government began tracking that data). More than 50% of the population is unattached, but many men and women (particularly the former) still struggle to meet people they want to date.

Of course, it’s not as easy as turning to the person next to you and asking them if they’re single and want to go out. But it’s also not as hard as you might think. Below are our top seven ways to not just meet women but meet women who are single.

1. Online Dating Sites & Apps

Our first tip is pretty obvious — you need to get online if you want to change your dating situation. Dating sites and apps have become the top way to meet people for many reasons. Not only can you quickly and easily find local single women, but you can also narrow down other preferences like age, appearance, education, religion, ethnicity, and interests.

Match, Elite Singles, and Zoosk are our favorites because they’ve been around for a long time, they don’t cost anything to join, search, or flirt, and, most importantly, they work.

Here’s a little more info about each:

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Relationships: Friends, Dates, and Relationships

Match System: Browse by zip, age, appearance, more

Our Experts Say: “Match has facilitated the most dates and relationships of any dating site, and its large audience and high success rate make it our top review...” Full Review »

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Match has more than 30 million members. Think about it — where else are you going to be around that many single women? Not to mention the site gets 13.5 million monthly visitors. Its user base is just going to keep growing. Perhaps the most impressive fact, though, is that Match is responsible for more romantic connections than any other dating platform, so you’re in good hands.

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4.6/5.0

Relationships: Serious Relationships

Match System: Search, Receive Partner Suggestions

Our Experts Say: “Elite Singles is a leading dating site just for busy, single professionals. More than 80% of members have earned a college degree, and most are looking for a serious commitment...” Full Review »

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Approximately, 165,000 people join Elite Singles every month, so it’s rapidly becoming a go-to dating site, especially among college-educated singles. Eight out of 10 members have earned a bachelor’s, master’s, and/or doctorate degree. If you’re looking for a relationship, you’ll also be happy to hear that 100% of Elite Singles members are, too.

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4.6/5.0

Relationships: Fun Dates, Serious Relationships

Match System: Search and get match recommendations

Our Experts Say: “Zoosk is integrated with social media sites, like Facebook and Google+, so it's very popular with singles on the go...” Full Review »

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The people on Zoosk (40 million to be exact) are diverse and extremely active (exchanging over 3 million messages a day). You can meet young women, mature women, Christian women, atheist women, artsy women, business women, tall women, short women, black women, Caucasian women, hookup-minded women, commitment-minded women, and so on.

2. Adult Classes

Just because you might not be in school anymore, that doesn’t mean you can’t take classes. We’re never too old to stop learning, and we’re never too old to stop meeting new people. Search online for some adult classes in your city and see what piques your interest. It could be painting (pictured below), cooking (pictured above), photography, guitar, and pretty much anything else you can think of. Most of these classes are probably pretty cheap, too, because they’re put on by colleges or local organizations. Plus, Groupon always has deals going on.

Photo of a painting class

Whether it’s cooking, painting, or anything else, taking a class puts you in front of all kinds of people, and you pick up a new hobby.

Taking a class makes it so much easier to talk to women because you’re not cold approaching them — you already have a topic to discuss. You can ask them why they wanted to sign up, what strategies they used to get that photo, or whatever the case may be. You’re also adding a new skill to your repertoire, which is always attractive.

3. Volunteering

Volunteering gives you an opportunity to make a difference in your community and even the world — as well as connect with women who also have that same philanthropic spirit. Whether you want to help animals, the homeless, the environment, or another community, more than likely your town has an organization for your preferred cause.

Photo of people volunteering

Dedicating some time to a nonprofit that matters to you is a great way to connect with women who have similar values.

If you’re not sure where to start, we recommend sites like VolunteerMatch.org and GreatNonprofits.org. They’re kind of like dating sites — you put in your location and interests, among other identifiers, and the site will find the right organization for your needs. You can also read reviews from your peers to get an idea of the kind of work you’ll be doing and the people you’ll be interacting with.

4. Intramural Sports

For those who love exercising, make health a top priority, and are attracted to people who feel the same, intramural sports can kill two birds with one stone. You get to stay active, and you get to meet compatible women. Once someone catches your eye, you could even mention getting food or drinks after a game or two. If you’re nervous about being one on one with her, make it a group thing to remove some of the pressure.

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If you’re athletic, consider signing up for an intramural sports team in your area. You’re sure to find women who also like working out.

Meetup and ZogSports are awesome resources for finding sports groups nearby. Football, tennis, volleyball, cycling, running, soccer — you name it, and these sites have it. A lot of the options are based on age, too, so you can make sure you’re in the right crowd.

5. Parties & Bars

People have been meeting at parties and bars for centuries, and it’s not going out of style anytime soon. Sometimes when you’ve got a little liquid courage in your system and you’re out with friends, it can feel less awkward going up to a pretty woman.

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A lot of bars have trivia nights, karaoke contests, or live bands, so these activities can help break the ice and keep the conversation going.

Even if you don’t drink, you can still have luck at a party or bar. Most parties have games and people are dancing, and most bars host trivia and karaoke nights or have live bands playing. So you’ve got something to do and something to talk about.

6. Festivals, Events & Concerts

Regularly attending festivals and concerts is a simple way to meet women who like the same music as you, which can be a good sign for a relationship. Particularly if it’s a smaller venue, you can chat before the show about whether she’s seen the band before, or you can chat after if there’s a meet and greet.

Photo of a people at a concert

When you meet someone at a concert or festival, you already know that you have something in common: the band.

It doesn’t just have to be a concert, though. Go to a comedy show, and, if you see someone you like, buy her a drink afterward and ask her what she thought. Keep an eye on Ticketmaster, Stubhub, and sites like that for events that are coming to your area.

7. Gym Classes

OK, hitting on women at the gym can be a major no-no, but it can work out sometimes if you do it right. For example, when she’s in the middle of a 30-minute run on the treadmill and sweating profusely, don’t approach her. If she’s got her headphones in, don’t approach her. If she’s deadlifting, obviously, don’t approach her.

Photo of a people taking a gym class

Instead of working out at the gym by yourself, think about taking some classes every now and then so you can be around other people.

However, there are some scenarios when you can approach women at the gym. Namely, if you’re in a class together. Boxing, spin, Zumba, Crossfit — the options are endless. Instead of going to the gym and spending the hour by yourself on the elliptical, join a group class so you’re around people. It’s not weird to talk to people before and after.

Now You Know Where to Meet Women — Time to Get Out There

Because a majority of the women in this country are single, the odds are ever in your favor, as Effie from “The Hunger Games” would say. And because millennials are delaying marriage, we suspect that number may go up. If you put yourself out there in the ways we suggested, it’s only a matter of time before you meet the right woman.