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Both San Francisco and its huge woodsy park, the Presidio, have been honored as bicycle-friendly locales.
San Francisco's universities are yet one more place for older singles to meet up.
Still, some cities are better than others for older singles, especially those who are seeking some place to retire.
We plied the country to find 10 great cities in which to retire for older singles, focusing primarily on places with convivial locals, a solid percentage of AARP-age residents and, of course, a lot of things to do — either solo or with a date.
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 also ranked ninth on the 2011 list of America's Most Literate Cities.
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.
The city's parks are big and exceptionally good, with several designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.
The job market is holding up better than it is in most cities, and foreclosures are much less of a problem than they are elsewhere in California.
Maybe it is the mix of nature's wonders and cosmopolitan allure that sparks romance: Whether you are strolling the wharfs, huffing up one of the city's vertiginous hills, sampling sushi in the Noe Valley neighborhood or cycling across the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco seems to shine — at least when it's not blanketed in fog.
Although traffic congestion and commute times are bad in San Francisco, driving is often optional.