How To Meet People In A New City

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How to Meet People in a New City

Kara Pound

Written by: Kara Pound

Kara Pound

Kara Pound is an award-winning journalist based in St. Augustine, Florida. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Flagler College. Her work has been published in INKED, Natural Awakenings, Design Aglow, Memphis Flyer, Jacksonville Magazine, E/Environmental Magazine, and dozens more. Check out some of Kara's work at

Edited by: Lillian Castro

Lillian Castro

Lillian Guevara-Castro brings more than 30 years of journalism experience to ensure DatingAdvice articles have been edited for overall clarity, accuracy, and reader engagement. She has worked at The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, The Gwinnett Daily News, and The Gainesville Sun covering lifestyle topics.

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Seattle, Paris, Istanbul, Phoenix, Atlanta . . . moving to a new city can be daunting. Whether it’s for a job transfer or just a change of scenery, it’s tough to meet men in a new zip code. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. The following are great places to venture out of your comfort zone and find a new man in your new time zone.

1. The gym.

You’re killing two birds with one stone — physical fitness and finding Mr. Right. Unless you’re joining the local YMCA in Boca Raton, chances are your gym will be crawling with suitable bachelors under the age of 80.

If you’re not the “gym” type, then explore indoor rock climbing, a coed softball team or group paddle boarding. Either way, you’ll be getting in shape and meeting new people.

2. A class.

Look into continuing education courses at the local college or university. By moving to a new city, you will find that you have plenty of free time on your hands.

Take those extra hours per week and pursue a hobby or passion like watercolors, photography, creative writing or welding. Whatever it may be, you have a good chance of finding a like-minded beau doing what you enjoy doing.

3. Work.

Sure, it used to be taboo to date a guy at work, but times are changing. Most Americans work far more than the standard 40 hours per week. That’s why interoffice romance is becoming more acceptable.

Where else would we meet a mate? Just be careful to limit your dirty martini intake at office happy hours and form friendships before friends with benefits because you still have to go to work the next day.

4. Online.

As with office relationships, online dating is becoming a standard way to meet your future life partner. When you move to a new city, it’s probably safe to say you don’t know many people. Maybe there’s that one random from high school or a long lost cousin, but you’re looking to create meaningful relationships.

Online dating is a great tool for weeding out the weirdos and getting a free meal or two.

Walt Whitman once said, “A great city is that which has the greatest men and women.” Remember, a zip code or change of scenery doesn’t dictate your level of happiness. To truly love the place where you live, you must become a part of the community.

Get involved. Join a gym, take a class, get to know your co-workers, and don’t be scared to sign up to an online dating site. The man of your dreams isn’t going to just knock on your door one cold, wintery Chicago night and welcome you to the Windy City.

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