Easy access to the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, plenty of sunshine and moderate temperatures makes Florida an appealing place to live for people of all ages. Singles, in particular, will enjoy several Florida cities that offer plenty of opportunities to meet people their age. The best places to live in Florida for singles share one thing in common: they all have plenty of activities ideal for this population subgroup.
Located in the heart of central Florida, Orlando might be best known for its ties to Mickey Mouse, but it is an ideal location for singles to call home. Orlando has a vibrant nightlife in its downtown area, with dozens of bars lining Wall Street and Church Street and full of available singles. The Orlando Sport and Social Club allows singles to mingle while participating in social events or team sports like flag football or kickball. Plus, the University of Central Florida, located in east Orlando, has a student enrollment that exceeds 50,000, making the city home to many college students, a common subgroup of the single population.
Located along Florida's west coast, Tampa is another city full of available singles. With a city population exceeding 300,000, more than 41 percent of males and 34 percent of females in the city have never been married, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Tampa's Ybor City offers singles the opportunity to mix and mingle at bars, restaurants and entertainment complexes in the heart of the city. Attractions like Busch Gardens and the Raymond James Stadium, where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play, are good daytime spots to meet available singles.
Florida singles looking for a smaller-town vibe can live in Gainesville, which offers plenty of opportunities for meeting available individuals. Best known as the home of the University of Florida, one of the largest schools in the nation, Gainesville has a young population. A city of just over 100,000, Gainesville has more than 50,000 students enrolled at UF. Opportunities to meet singles abound -- you can get in the Gator spirit and attend UF sporting events, visit nearby springs for a day on the water or stroll down University Avenue and enjoy a cocktail with fellow singles.
If you like the heat and want year-round warm temperatures, head south to Miami to meet eligible singles. With a population of 2.5 million, Miami is Florida's biggest city and, as a result, the city with the most singles in the state. Miami's nightlife centers around South Beach, where singles enjoy some of the city's top hot spots. With miles of beaches and hotel pools out of a magazine, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the Miami sun while meeting singles in the area.