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Find out where to fly solo: Travel + Leisure readers have ranked the best cities for singles in America.

No. 2 Austin

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With its dazzlingly smart, athletic-looking, and eco-conscious locals—not to mention its No. 2 ranking for live music—the Texas capital has climbed one spot closer to the top since last year. Downtown’s Sixth Street is legendary for music and libations, but if you want to get a little off the beaten path, head east across the highway to explore East Sixth Street, with its beer gardens and newly gussied up dive bars. Or check out SoLa (South Lamar) for the lively brunch scene at places like Olivia.

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America's Best Cities for Singles 2011

No. 2 Austin

With its dazzlingly smart, athletic-looking, and eco-conscious locals—not to mention its No. 2 ranking for live music—the Texas capital has climbed one spot closer to the top since last year. Downtown’s Sixth Street is legendary for music and libations, but if you want to get a little off the beaten path, head east across the highway to explore East Sixth Street, with its beer gardens and newly gussied up dive bars. Or check out SoLa (South Lamar) for the lively brunch scene at places like Olivia.

See all the America’s Favorite Cities survey results!

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America's Best Cities for Singles 2011

What’s more important for a great singles scene—the cocktails, or the conversation?

According to Travel + Leisure readers, the martinis win. In this year’s America’s Favorite Cities survey, readers evaluated 35 cities on factors such as boutique hotels, coffee bars, mass transit, and which bar scenes lend themselves to meeting interesting people. Among the best cities for singles, there was plenty of crossover with cities that ranked highly in another category—the wild weekend—whereas being noted for attractive locals wasn’t always enough to make a city come out on top for singles.

One all-around winner was the No. 9 city for singles, Denver, where the bar scene has a down-to-earth vibe (the city ranked No. 2 for microbrews), and the locals ranked well for being fit, attractive, and smart to boot. “I’ve often heard Denver referred to as ‘Men’-ver by out-of-staters,” says Amber Connor, a Denver native, “because they’ve heard that the city is a hub for really good-looking men.” It’s not so off base, she concedes. “We do have more of the rugged, outdoorsy type here.”

Other cities, such as New York, Chicago, and San Francisco, ranked well for singles thanks to their combinations of good live music, great restaurants, and diverse populations. As for the “losers” in the singles category, Salt Lake City (No. 34) may be perceived as too squeaky clean, while Anchorage (No. 33) has long had a rep for having too many men and not enough ladies to throw much of a singles party. Orlando (No. 30), on the other hand, has perhaps too many “partiers” drinking from sippy cups.

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Of course, you don’t have to limit yourself to watering holes if you want to meet eligible singles. In Denver, you’ll find plenty of available locals at sporting events while in San Francisco (No. 12), museums and art galleries increasingly host happy hours that act as an alternative singles scene.

And in Austin—which won the silver in the singles category—the key to meeting people may be doing some daily errands. “One unofficial singles joint,” says Austin public relations exec Marisa Amador, “is the Whole Foods Market headquarters in downtown. You can’t graze the salad bar without spotting a good-looking young professional.”

One all-around winner was the No. 9 city for singles, Denver, where the bar scene has a down-to-earth vibe (the city ranked No. 2 for microbrews), and the locals ranked well for being fit, attractive, and smart to boot. “I’ve often heard Denver referred to as ‘Men’-ver by out-of-staters,” says Amber Connor, a Denver native, “because they’ve heard that the city is a hub for really good-looking men.” It’s not so off base, she concedes. “We do have more of the rugged, outdoorsy type here.”

Other cities, such as New York, Chicago, and San Francisco, ranked well for singles thanks to their combinations of good live music, great restaurants, and diverse populations. As for the “losers” in the singles category, Salt Lake City (No. 34) may be perceived as too squeaky clean, while Anchorage (No. 33) has long had a rep for having too many men and not enough ladies to throw much of a singles party. Orlando (No. 30), on the other hand, has perhaps too many “partiers” drinking from sippy cups.

Of course, you don’t have to limit yourself to watering holes if you want to meet eligible singles. In Denver, you’ll find plenty of available locals at sporting events while in San Francisco (No. 12), museums and art galleries increasingly host happy hours that act as an alternative singles scene.

And in Austin—which won the silver in the singles category—the key to meeting people may be doing some daily errands. “One unofficial singles joint,” says Austin public relations exec Marisa Amador, “is the Whole Foods Market headquarters in downtown. You can’t graze the salad bar without spotting a good-looking young professional.”

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