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A recent study published by MyDatingAdviser. Florida was ranked the best state overall and two more Florida cities — Jacksonville and Ocala — also made the top 10 cut, coming in at fifth and 10th, respectively. For one, the Lakeland-Winter Haven metro area tied for the second-fastest-growing area in the country with a growth rate of 2. You can see that growth reflected in the booming housing market, which is seeing skyrocketing prices and extremely low inventories. Did you hear?
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Trouble dating? try singles night
Second, while Lakeland might be known for single-family homes and wholesome family activities, there's plenty of young blood flowing in, too. There are several colleges in and near Lakeland, and since the city has deliberately diversified its economy beyond hospitality and tourism, those gr might just decide to settle down here. And that process starts with finding a person to do it with.
And lastly, while it might not have always been the case, there's plenty to do in Lakeland for date night, which can make the dating scene less of a chore. There are bars, restaurants and outdoor activities galore, which can set the mood for any couple's personality. According to the report, MyDatingAdviser.
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Those areas were evaluated using 20 "relevant metrics," calculated on a point scale. Lakeland scored a Nashville, Tennessee, is considered the worst city to be single in with a score of Some of the metrics include: share of single adults, marriage rates, sexual activity rates, weather and pollution levels. The study also took into the affordability of a city by looking at metrics such as the unemployment rate, the median monthly rent, average salary and other niche metrics, such as the cost of a bottle of mid-range wine or a three-course meal for two people at a mid-range restaurant.
Lakeland must have scored high enough in those to grab its coveted spot.
For example, Lakeland has more singles in the area than couples. It grabbed the No. Plus, pollution levels are low and Lakeland has a high weather index score According to the study, the ideal climate has "moderate temperatures, low humidity, and no major weather conditions. There really aren't any local people online," Abigail Rowzee, 34, said.
Figured that when it happens, it'll happen. Rowzee moved to Lakeland from New York City two and a half years ago.
She's struggled to meet single men online because the options are limited in Lakeland, she said. Most people she finds live in Orlando or Tampa, and Rowzee isn't interested in relationships that span hour an hour drive — or more.
Research meets reality
Some residents are pretty jaded when it comes to the dating scene. One resident commented on a Facebook post that she hasn't found a quality date for six months, though she has "met four narcissists without trying to meet someone. And it's not just meeting other singles that's hard. Settling into Lakeland without knowing anyone is its own challenge, one that was further complicated by business closures prompted by COVID over the past year.
Rowzee tried meeting friends through a meetup group, where she met Ziegenfuss. After the group starting meeting more frequently in Tampa rather than Lakeland, Rowzee and Ziegenfuss decided to start their own group: Lakeland IRL, which now has over members.
Originally, the group was supposed to be for singles only. But Ziegenfuss decided against it. There's nothing cool about a singles group.
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Lakeland IRL meets once a month, though Rowzee said she might start doing twice a month soon. Anyone who s is invited to events like video games at Galaxy Bar or karaoke night at the Pink Piano or even goat yoga. Rowzee said some people have started coming to events consistently since the group launched in January, and has grown from attracting about six people an event to about According to its Facebookthe goal of Lakeland IRL is to "get back to meeting people in real life.
We meet up once a month in Lakeland venues," the description re. Get offline and get social. Ziegenfuss wants the group to grow as much as possible.
Though she's lived in Lakeland for half her life, she's looking out for the newcomers, like Rowzee. Planning a coffee date? Ziegenfuss is a success story. She recently started dating someone she met on Facebook Dating.
The relationship works because he lives in Plant City. Like Rowzee, Ziegenfuss wants to keep her dating life close to home as a single working mom. Pete, Clearwater, forget all that," Ziegenfuss said. I don't want to date someone who lives an hour away.
And Ziegenfuss likes the Lakeland outing scene.
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At night, she says you should grab a drink and ice cream at The ery and then walk around Lake Mirror. She's also a fan of places like Galaxy Bar or Rec Room, where you can grab a drink and play arcade games and modern consoles for a fun nostalgia kick. Fortier said since he's trying to cut back on his nights out at the bar — despite being a bartender — the dating scene can be isolating and feel targeted for single people in their 20s.
Not great. I know that's two words," Fortier said. I think that's another good word.
Fortier said it's a "tricky game" for people in their 30s looking to date, which he called the "settle down crowd. If you are looking for a targeted singles event and don't mind the drinking scene, one downtown Lakeland bar has you covered. Every Thursday at 8 p. Kara Simm, the bar's event manager, said they just wanted to bring something new and interesting to Lakeland and a single's night was missing.
Plus, since so many other places do trivia, she figured bingo was the way to go. Drag queen Allegra Williams hosts bingo night, where people can compete for "fun, sometimes dirty prizes," Simm said. While anyone is invited to come, the "singles" portion of the night is advertised every week and there are drink specials all night long.
It seems to have worked. Simm says she knows two separate married couples who met at Federal Bar. Maya Lora can best be reached with tips or questions at mlora gannett. Follow her on Twitter mayaklora. Facebook Twitter .
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