For older singles, the inclusiveness is evident in the corner pubs, the walkable streets of Federal Hill, Charles Village and Fells Point, and the lively Cross Street Market.
Baltimore is a city of natives, a place with a sense of community that spans generations.
It helps, of course, that the city has a fairly compact center loaded with date-friendly diversions — indoors and out — to suit most tastes.
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.
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.
Boston manages to meld scrappy and intellectual — a relatively small city that is home to some of the most prestigious universities in the world, bolstered by culture, parks and a fine quality of life.
Greater Boston (population 4.5 million) includes the city of Boston (617,594) and more than 100 cities and towns.
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.
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.