Portland maine online dating

Apse, who has lived in several smaller towns, said he moved to Portland because he thought he’d have a better chance of finding a partner in the city.He tried online dating with some success, but exhausted that option without finding the perfect match. “I think people get disheartened really easily,” Apse said.I’d have to go on 20 dates to find one person that I really connected with,” said Straubel, who has since moved back to Portland, where she said she has something in common with every guy she dates.

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“There’s tons of great people in Portland and tons of great events going on,” said Erin Oldham, the founder of Local Flames.

Her concept was to take the guessing out of the dating game and get people together who are single and looking.

That’s more than in most New England cities, including Burlington, Vermont, where 3.5 percent of young singles have profiles with pictures, and Providence, Rhode Island, where less than 2 percent are active on

The exception is Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where nearly 7 percent of young singles use the site. In a random selection of cities known as cultural centers, Portland falls smack in the middle for singles per capita – lower than Boston and Austin, Texas, but higher than Seattle and San Francisco.

“There’s lots of awesome people in Portland, beautiful women and people who are engaged and excited about life.” FOR ONE SINGLE, MOVING NO HELP Emily Straubel, 30, had to learn that the hard way.

Sick of seeing exes and their new love interests around town, she escaped across the country when she was in her early 20s.Caitlin Cleary and Kelly Robinson, both 23 and in relationships, said they wouldn’t expect to meet someone they want to date at a bar, like Amigo’s, where they shared nachos at happy hour on a recent Thursday.But for Robinson, meeting her boyfriend through mutual friends posed its own problems.His friends were also friends with her ex, she said, and once they started dating, there wasn’t room for everyone.Cleary said it’s a common problem in Portland, where it seems there’s never more than two degrees of separation between you and a suitor. “If I were single and met someone new, there’s going to be 10 people I know that are going to have something to say about that person.” Although Cleary sees that as a downside to dating here, Abbie Mc Gilvery likes the fact that getting insight into a potential new partner is only a phone call away – often to someone who has already dated that person.Long winters, reserved demeanors and inescapable exes are reasons why people say Portland can be a difficult place to date. With more than 15,000 residents ages 20 to 34 and unmarried – about a quarter of the city’s adult population – the concentration of young, single people is about the same in Portland as it is in New York City, and is twice as high as in Maine as a whole.

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