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Yes, the Commonwealth boasts the best city for long-distance dating. And it’s probably not the city you’d expect.


We truly have entered the era of the long-distance relationship. Not that falling in love with someone from far away is a new concept or anything. It’s just that with the advent of the internet and the spread of social media it’s a lot easier to carry on in a healthy, satisfying relationship with someone you can’t be with physically. Stop and think about it for a moment: I bet you have at least one Facebook friend whose partner is from another part of the country or another part of the world. I know I do.


The Shane Co. recently shared a little something they titled The Best U.S. Cities to Date Long-Distance. Like I mentioned above, they’ve seen the trend of online romance blossoming into full-blown long distance love. And that blossom has become an outright bloom, thanks to the pandemic years and the shifts in habits as we continue to emerge from that time.


As they see it, it’s easier in some cities than it is in others to keep a relationship interesting over space and time. So what makes a good city good, as opposed to not good? “To figure it out, we looked at internet speeds, restaurants available on DoorDash, the cost of a bottle of wine, and more.” Cleary, affordability plays a big part in their rankings.


The Best City For Long-Distance Dating Is In Massachusetts

So that’s the reason why the Bay State boasts the unexpected frontrunner: Springfield. “Springfield, Massachusetts, is the best city to date long-distance with a city score of 71.78 out of 100. It has above-average internet speeds, low monthly internet costs, and fairly good walkability for virtual date-night strolls.” That score is based on 12 ranking factors, which you can learn more about here. You can see which cities round out the Top 10 below.

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