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Is Portland a good city to be single in?

Krysteana Scribner | The Free Press

Posted on February 15, 2016 in Arts & Culture
By USM Free Press

By Amanda Melanson

In the month of February the first thing that comes to mind is St. Valentine’s Day, a holiday that celebrates commercialism centered around chocolates, flowers and stuffed animals. These are all considered expressions of affection but in Portland, there seems to be a different climate when it comes to the holiday of love.Portland has been credited as being one of the number one places to be single in and, with such a large and culturally diverse atmosphere, it’s hardly surprising. As of 2013, the city boasts well over sixty six thousand people and that has only grown more steadily with each year. It is undetermined how many of those are among Portland’s single crowd.

Portland’s Old Port is home to a large hub of bars, clubs and creative outlets – not the least of which including museums, art galleries, book stores, music halls, and concert venues. There is also a plethora of shops to wander in with that significant other. With so much going on, one would think that it would be easy to find that special person to share common interests with.

“Portland is full of a lot of eclectic people,” said USM Student Ashleigh West. “There are a lot of places to go and meet people to hang out in the Old Port.”

This isn’t far off the mark at all, when one thinks on the fact that the city caters to a large group of people in different communities centered around racial, gender, and sexual diversity. It caters to the young in a way that those of the progressive camp find appealing. There are more and more single men and women in the the city of a certain age, going to college, working full time or even multiple jobs at a time. It can tend to result in more and more people shifting their interests to push the dating scene on the back burner.

USM Student Ali Sinclair had this to say on the subject: “I think that Portland leaves room for growth and exploring your passions. There’s so much opportunity here to explore.” That seems to be the general view of the young demographic as it explores the city, forming a generation of independent well-rounded individuals. With so much to explore in the city and so much to do, perhaps there really is too little time to explore the dating scene this Valentine’s Day?

With popular haunts such as Oasis, Gritty’s and the video-game-themed bar, Arcadia, it’s hard not to find something to do among Portland’s nightlife. There are also concerts abound at Port City Music Hall and events in the summer when it is time for Old Port Fest which draws large crowds every year. While there are ample opportunities to meet other people, with such a liberal minded city and a myriad of young souls, Portlanders seem to be content to explore the single life and work harder than ever in their career fields.

While those in committed relationships have made their plans for Valentine’s day, so have those among the city’s single crowd. Regardless of which group you fall into, there is little doubt that Portland is the place to live if you need a constantly buzzing and lively city.