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Dating trends by city: Austin

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

What Austin daters are doing

SheKnows has the inside scoop on some of the biggest dating trends in cities across the U.S. From what daters are eating to where they like to go and what they’re doing, we got some help analyzing the trends from some top-notch relationship experts. Next up: Austin.
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Dating trends revealed

The experience-driven dating site HowAboutWe analyzed more than 1,000,000 dates posted on their site to get a coast-to-coast look at how America's singles date offline. We’re sharing the findings for some of our favorite cities, and this week it’s all about dating in Austin.

Dating in Austin

Austin is known by men across the country as a mecca for beautiful, intelligent women, notes relationship expert and love architect Kailen Rosenberg. “It is a great city to meet someone more genuine and fall in love.” She says that people in their late 20s and early 30s will tend to have the best luck dating in Austin because that age group in this city seems to be genuinely interested in finding their soul mates.

Austin dater says: When I moved to Austin, I had just got out of a six year relationship and in no way thought I would meet anyone serious my first year here. But within six months, I met a guy who really surprised me and we’ve been together for two years now. Who knew? Andrea, 29

Most popular date spots

  1. Zilker Park
  2. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
  3. Lady Bird Lake
  4. Mozart’s Coffee
  5. Peter Pan Mini Golf

Why setting matters

The success rate of the venue depends upon the personality of the two people involved, notes relationship expert Susan Shapiro Barash. "It is fortunate when the right place is chosen and that definitely resonates from the start. I've interviewed women who speak fondly of their first date and how meaningful the surroundings were — whether casual or formal or somewhere in between."

Top date activities

  1. Board games
  2. Mini golf
  3. Biking
  4. Trivia
  5. Boating

Dates on two wheels? Say yes to getting active together

“In the event that you and your date share fitness goals and are into the same types of physical activities, you can really get a feel for if you are a match in the activity department,” notes Marni Battista, dating expert and founder and CEO of Dating with Dignity. “Plus enjoying staying healthy is a great attribute to share!”

Most popular date food

  1. Ice cream
  2. Food trucks
  3. Tacos
  4. Sushi
  5. Frozen yogurt

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