MONEY

Best places for the rich and single

Money may not grow on trees, but it’s put down roots in these towns. Look for Mr. or Mrs. Right here, while they’re still single and ready to mingle.

  • University Park, TX

    Luck or kismet? This year’s top city for the rich and single happens to be split down the middle by an actual Lovers Lane. But secluded spots in University Park these days are more likely to be found behind the walls of multimillion-dollar homes.

    The city was named for Southern Methodist University. With sister-suburb Highland Park, it now forms an old-money enclave surrounded by Dallas that outsiders have nicknamed “The Bubble.” To residents, it’s just a friendly little neighborhood in the middle of Big D.

    In town you’ll find great parks and community events. Or step outside The Bubble into Dallas for world-class restaurants, shopping and culture.

  • Menlo Park, CA

    Friend a Facebook employee in Menlo Park. The social network’s world headquarters are located there on the shores of San Francisco Bay, and its payrolls are teeming with newly minted millionaires.

    From Hacker Way, it’s a short hop across town to Sand Hill Road, where billionaire venture capitalists hold high-tech’s purse strings. Spot a mogul down on Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park’s main stretch for shopping and dining, and see if you can form a startup of your own.

  • Haddonfield, NJ

    If you’re looking for a singles scene in Haddonfield, you won’t find it at a bar. This New Jersey borough has been dry since 1873. But that doesn’t mean there’s any shortage of places to meet people.

    Haddonfield plays host to a series of year-round events for socializing: from First Fridays, to a townwide sidewalk sale, to a fall festival and craft show. You can volunteer with a town organization or just head to historic Kings Highway for its little stores, cafes and galleries. As they like to say in Haddonfield: Shopping is for the civilized, courtesy is the norm, and friendliness is common.

  • Dobbs Ferry, NY

    No malls or big-box stores, just an eclectic little village with a proudly diverse community — it’s easy to see why Dobbs Ferry has been called “Berkeley on the Hudson.” Meeting people in this close-knit town is as easy as running into them on the street.

    Start on Main St. with its shops, restaurants and farmers market for locally sourced goods and food. Then take a bike ride with your sweetie along the old Croton Aqueduct, or go fruit-picking in a nearby orchard. Finally take the apple of your eye for a drink at Half Moon, where you can gaze at stunning sunsets over the Hudson River Valley.

  • Norfolk, MA

    Small-town pride just a short hop from the big city — that’s Norfolk. This Boston suburb is an oasis of quiet friendliness where community is No. 1. So get moving and get out there.

    Lace up your kicks for the Taylor’s Triumph 5k fun run. Hit the links to benefit diabetes research at the Norfolk Challenge Golf Tournament. Or put on your dancing shoes for the Norfolk Community League’s 2013 Gala. And if you need a little quiet time after all that socializing, take a walk on the boardwalk at the Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary.

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