|Chance of Hooking Up||6.0|
|Male to Female Ratio||101 to 99|
|Average Date Price||$176.00|
|Most Popular Dating App||Tinder|
|Identify as Religious||44%|
Known best as the technology and innovation capital of the world, San Jose, California is home to Silicon Valley. The booming tech industrial complex has turned San Jose into a cultural, pollical, and economic center of the globe. It’s amongst the wealthiest cities in the world with the third-highest GDP and the most millionaires and billionaires in the United States by population.
As the largest city in Northern California by both population and by area, San Jose has plenty of fish in the sea to choose from. The dating scene is loose and noncommittal so it’s not difficult to find someone to hook up with. It’s a bit harder to find someone to date as people don’t like being tied down and having anchors.
As you would expect, the sheer amount of wealth in San Jose has created a pretentious dating scene. Coupled with the rise of social media and Instagram models, San Jose can have an unrealistic appeal to it similar to that of Los Angeles. Northern California in general hasn’t adopted the social media influencer style as much as places like Los Angeles, but it is certainly still felt in comparison to the rest of the country.
Although not on a beach itself, San Jose is only a quick 30-minute drive from some of California’s most pristine waterfronts. Beaches nearby include the Santa Cruz Main Beach, Ano Nuevo State Park, and the Gray Whale Cove where you can witness the migration of the California gray whales.
The climate is classified as Mediterranean which means that the summers are hot and dry while the winters are mild, cool, and wet. Temperatures stay around 70 degrees Fahrenheit on average during the summer months and drop down to an average of about 50 during the coldest months of winter. Thanks to the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains, San Jose is made up of many different microclimates due to rain shadows from the mountain range. The downtown area experiences the lightest rainfall while the south San Jose gets significantly more rain.
Demographically, the population is 42.8% white, 3.2% black, 33.2% Hispanic, 32% Asian, and 15.7% other races. Females make up only 49.5% of the population so men will have to work a little harder. The younger crowd benefits from the dating scene here as only 12.5% of the population are 65 years of age and older.
Dating can be difficult if you don’t keep up your appearance. You may have to sift through pretentious individuals who care more about your wallet than your heart. Lucky for you, San Jose is large enough to escape the fakeness that engulfs a large percentage of social media influencers. If you know where to look and can ignore the stuck-up attitude of some of the locals, then San Jose is one of the nicest places in the country to live.
Where should you go to have the best shot at meeting singles? We’ve got you covered with our recommendations below:
San Pedro Square
Home to San Jose’s earliest Spanish settlers in 1972, San Pedro Square offers authentic Spanish foods at the many bars and restaurants throughout the area. Since 1972, the area has grown as a cultural hub with eateries from all over the globe. The singles that are attracted to this part of town are typically more culturally aware and diverse. This means that they are more open-minded and approachable.
Check out the Original Gravity Public House if you’re interested in craft brews and socialize on the patio with others. The Public House is literally designed to get individuals interacting. Standing tables and open spaces force people to get out of their comfort zone and socialize. At night, the square turns into a lively hub of entertainment.
Downtown San Jose
You may hear locals refer to this area as DTSJ. It’s hands-down the best place for nightlife activities in all of San Jose. Check out places like Old Wagon Wheel, Firehouse, and O’Flaherty’s on the weekends for a good time. Each of these bars gets packed on the weekends and are crawling with singles. Check out places like ENSO Bar & Nightclub, LVL 44, and The Ritz for dance clubs. LVL 44 is an urban-chic nightclub with a posh vibe. Nightclubs are the perfect place to meet a single to dance the night away with.
Downtown San Jose is also within blocks of San Jose University. This means that plenty of young and adventurous college students are looking for a good time on the weekends. Depending on your age and maturity level, this could either be a good thing or a bad thing. The college crowds can quickly get sloppy, particularly on the weekends.
Willow Glen is a residential neighborhood just south of Central San Jose. It’s known for its mature trees lining the streets as well as its indie boutiques, specialty foods options, and bookstores. Thanks to the Mediterranean climate of San Jose there is a year-round farmers’ market on Saturday that is a great place to meet people at.
Willow Glen is a bit more relaxed and mature. It’s got a residential and young professional vibe but still is crowded with over 64,000 residents. The downtown area holds music festivals, art festivals, and wine events throughout the year. Tapping into your artsy side in Willow Glen will most definitely help you land a date. In Willow Glen, you’re more likely to meet somebody who is willing to settle down. Someone that you can feel proud to bring home to meet the parents.
Let’s say that you landed a date at one of the areas suggested above. Here are some of our first date recommendations:
An arcade bar in Downtown San Jose otherwise known as a barcade, Miniboss has a modern and non-nerdy feel to it. It’s got a chic look to it and premium cocktails that are presented better than most of the surrounding cocktail bars. Not only are the cocktails great, but the beer list is extensive. There are usually over 16 beers on tap on any given night. Miniboss is the perfect place to take your date if you haven’t completely felt them out yet. Are they a cocktail person? Are they a beer enthusiast? Whichever they are, they won’t be disappointed at Miniboss.
To top it off, Miniboss has over 40 retro arcade games from pinball to Donkey Kong to Tron. It’s impossible to get bored at Miniboss. If the conversation starts getting dry, then move on over to one of the arcade games to loosen things up. Nothing seems to loosen up a date like an intense game of Street Fighter. You’ll quickly see your date’s true colors.
San Jose is known as one of the most pedestrian-friendly spots in all of California. Consider renting a bike with your new date and cruising through some of the diverse neighborhoods that San Jose has to offer. Maybe you start your day off at Morgan Hill Downtown, a charming area architecturally known for its shopping. Possibly ride through Hellyer Park by Lake Cottonwood and pack a picnic. Or how about the Rose Garden at the Egyptian Museum? You can ride through the Rose Garden without paying any entry fees. The garden and trails are also free at the Japanese Garden. If you time it right, you can take a gander at the free art galleries that may be set up.
Haberdasher Sidewalk Patio
Everyone loves a good speakeasy bar. Haberdasher Sidewalk Patio is a below-ground speakeasy-style bar with velvet banquettes and cocktails served by bartenders dressed in 1920s attire. It’s incredibly popular for its pot pies, cigars, and bourbons. The cocktail list is extensive and although drinks are expensive, the presentation of them is out of this world. Haberdasher has ‘take home’ cobbler shakers for you to keep for just $12. These sell quickly and are a great memoir to gift your new date on the way out.