In 2011, Boston was ranked the fifth most literate big city in the United States, and a high share of area residents have a college degree.
The city's parks are big and exceptionally good, with several designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.
The Arnold Arboretum at Harvard is one of the finest in the world.The Massachusetts Audubon Society's Boston Nature Center has opened on the grounds of the old Boston State Hospital.The metro area also offers nearly 120 miles of Atlantic coastline and lots of dedicated bike paths. Massachusetts is a great place to be retired from a government job or the military because most payments from public pensions are exempt from state taxes.Locals bond over sports: The Red Sox and New England Patriots have become regular contenders; the Celtics are synonymous with Boston hoops tradition; and the Bruins have the second-most Stanley Cup victories by a U. And metro Boston is a major center of medical talent, with a very high concentration of physicians, hospital beds per capita and teaching hospitals.The job market is holding up better than it is in most cities, and foreclosures are much less of a problem than they are elsewhere in California.
Maybe it is the mix of nature's wonders and cosmopolitan allure that sparks romance: Whether you are strolling the wharfs, huffing up one of the city's vertiginous hills, sampling sushi in the Noe Valley neighborhood or cycling across the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco seems to shine — at least when it's not blanketed in fog.San Francisco State University has an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.The University of California, San Francisco, is exclusively devoted to health and medical education, which contributes to a high number of physicians per capita.Both San Francisco and its huge woodsy park, the Presidio, have been honored as bicycle-friendly locales.San Francisco's universities are yet one more place for older singles to meet up.It helps, of course, that the city has a fairly compact center loaded with date-friendly diversions — indoors and out — to suit most tastes.