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Boston tops Forbes’ list as Best City for Online Dating.

Those looking for love might want to consider Boston, recently ranked the No. 1 city for online dating according to the annual Forbes’ Best Cities for Singles report. For the first time ever, the report included online dating as a primary factor in determining the rankings.

The Forbes report, conducted since 2001, takes several considerations into account: culture, nightlife, number of single people, cost of living alone, and for the first time this year, the popularity of online dating. With 12 percent of recently engaged or married people meeting online today, Forbes contacted Match.com, the world’s number one site for love, for the latest information regarding the growing popularity of online dating.

Match.com pioneered the online dating category more than 10 years ago, and today forty million Americans are using an online dating site to find that special someone. Forbes recognized this major shift in social behavior and attitudes and added online dating as an indicator to help them evaluate each city,” said Kristin Kelly, relationship expert for Match.com. “With the largest community of single people online, Match.com was a natural fit to supply this information.”

Match.com provided the number of active members in each metro area Forbes ranked, per capita. While Denver-Boulder was the best overall for the third year in a row, the following cities ranked as the best cities for online dating:

1. Boston (No. 2 overall)

2. Denver- Boulder (No. 1 overall)

3. Seattle (No. 7 overall)

4. Washington, D.C.-Baltimore (No. 9 overall)

5. Raleigh-Durham (No. 6 overall)

6. Orlando (No. 24 overall)

7. Tampa (No. 35 overall)

8. Minneapolis/St. Paul (No. 14 overall)

9. San Francisco-Oakland (No. 4 overall)

10. Las Vegas (No. 21 overall)

About Match.com

Match.com pioneered online personals when it launched on the Web in 1995 and continues to lead this exciting and evolving category after more than a decade. Throughout its 11-year history, Match.com has redefined the way people meet and fall in love and is credited with more marriages than any other site. Today, more than 15 million people around the world participate in the Match.com community, providing a rich tapestry of ethnicities, interests, goals, ambitions, quirks, looks and personalities from which to choose.

Match.com is the world's biggest online dating and personals property, according to the November 2005 global ranking of the Personals category by industry-leading independent measurement firm comScore Media Metrix. Number one across North America and Europe, Match.com operates leading subscription-based online dating sites in 32 countries, in 18 languages and spanning six continents. Match.com also powers online dating on MSN across Europe, Asia, the United States and Latin America and is the premier provider of personals for Love@AOL.

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