Minneapolis Beats New York for Singles in Nationwide Survey

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In a new Forbes.com nationwide survey on the best cities for singles, Minneapolis/St. Paul placed third, way ahead of more seemingly singles-centric markets such as New York and Miami. Matchmaker Matt Goldberg of Table for Two offers tips for singles everywhere.

But it is still great to hear that we have what it takes compared to places like New York City and L.A. We're seeing a very active, outgoing and socially adventurous community of singles plus this market has a lot of the facilities that appeal to singles in terms of culture and entertainment options.

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It's official: Twin Cities folks are much more than just Minnesota nice. Dramatically more "friendly" in fact. According to the eighth annual Forbes survey on the Best Cities for Singles, Minneapolis and St Paul is one of the top three hot spots in the nation.

"This doesn't surprise us," says Matt Goldberg, President, Table for Two (http://tablefor2.com), a Minneapolis based matchmaker service. "But it is still great to hear that we have what it takes compared to places like New York City and L.A. We're seeing a very active, outgoing and socially adventurous community of singles plus this market has a lot of the facilities that appeal to singles in terms of culture and entertainment options."

The Twin Cities jumped ten places from its 13th place in the nationwide survey last year and beat out other metropolitan areas such as New York City (8), Los Angeles (16) and even singles-centric Miami which came in outside of the top ten in 13th place. Among the judging criteria were factors such as coolness (based upon a national opinion poll), cost of living alone, culture (the number of theaters, museums and galleries per capita) and quality of nightlife and entertainment (number of bars, restaurants and other entertainment venues per capita).

"The Twin Cities has added the new Guthrie Theater, the new Walker Art Center, boutique hotels and a lot of new upper scale restaurants and bars to cater to tastes of all age groups," adds Goldberg. "This has become a very desirable market from a lifestyle perspective, plus we have an economy that continues to perform well despite the economic downturn."

Not Good For All Ages:
Goldberg warns, however, that even though the Twin Cities is a good environment for the single lifestyle, some age groups can still find it challenging to meet long term or life partners. Individuals in their 40s, 50s and 60s particularly who may not be interested in clubs and the night life scene or dating via social networking need guidance and advice. He recommends four important steps for people of all ages but particularly more mature singles, to take advantage of the Twin Cities' new status while still searching for longer term relationships for the future:

1. Know Yourself First:
Before you even set foot out of the door into the Twin Cities dating scene or before your next date, it's important to know yourself first. Are you looking for a few fun dates or a life partner? What are your preferences, tastes and what is your timeline? By knowing yourself first you can understand what are your priorities, how fast you want to achieve them and date accordingly.

2. Look in the Right Places:
For many older singles in the Twin Cities, online dating or social networking is intimidating or they just can't devote the time. But social networking existed in the real world long before it moved to the web. Bring it back: talk with friends and family, coworkers and neighbors and let it be known you're dating and open to a little amateur matchmaking. Don't tell just anyone, but a well-thought-out group of advocates spreading your word will help.

3. Act Your Age:
There's clearly a lot on offer for singles in the Twin Cities, but on a date choose selectively. There's nothing worse than a thirty something at an 18+ First Avenue gig. The Twin Cities has one of the most vibrant casual restaurant scenes in the country. For an intimate first date in a lively ambience restaurants like Fireside in downtown Minneapolis are ideal.

4.    Enlist Help
Professional matchmaking has become a sophisticated, multi-layered business. Companies like Table for Two now offer image consultation to get your wardrobe up to date and up to speed or relationship success coaching to build confidence and skills before you venture out to take advantage of what the Twin Cities has to offer.

"Older singles needn't be intimidated or discouraged by the Twin Cities singles scene," says Goldberg. "It's a terrific place to meet people and make connections but like everything else it needs some planning and a little work to get results."

For more information on Table for Two visit http://tablefor2.com.

About Table for Two (http://www.tablefor2.com):
Table for Two is Minnesota's leading executive dating service, providing personal services to busy individuals and discerning clients. In ten years the company has introduced tens of thousands of couples and continues to grow with offices in downtown Minneapolis and Rochester, Minnesota. Clients receive a unique blend of personal dating consulting, image advice and relationship success coaching as well as concierge dating services and help with restaurant reservations. Table for Two is also the only dating service in the state of Minnesota that conducts thorough background checks on all registered members, providing total peace of mind to all clients.

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