August 6, 2010

Best places for the rich and single in the Bay Area

Thanks to Burbed reader BK for this find!

6. Milpitas, CA

Milpitas, CA

Population: 67,503

Single: 30.4%

Median family income: $113,735

Ever dream of flying? Give it a try in this Silicon Valley town, which serves as the epicenter of Northern California’s hang gliding and paragliding community. Milpitas has one of the largest ratios of residents to parkland in the San Francisco Bay area. All that wide-open green space and a warm, Mediterranean-like climate make it great for outdoor sports all year-round, and young singles enjoy hiking, fishing and cycling in Ed R. Levin Park. Plus, the dog park there can be a great place to find puppy love. –A.C.

Go Milpitas! What? No mention of… The Smell?

7. Sunnyvale, CA

Sunnyvale, CA

Population: 133,876

Single: 30%

Median family income: $110,276

Geek is chic in this hub for tech companies, where you’re likely to meet an engineer from Yahoo!, Honeywell, Palm or Lockheed Martin at the latest Tweetup or “Tech and Beer” happy hour. Flirt over the latest gadgets and a cup of Joe at the Sunnyvale Art Gallery’s café, where Thursday is open mic night. Or take a romantic walk through the historic Murphy Avenue area downtown — a popular place for bar-hopping, open-air summer concerts and farmers markets. –A.C.

Congrats Sunnyvale! Nothing says chic like big box office buildings that you have to cross a giant parking lot to get to. Nope, nothing at all.

8. Mountain View, CA

Mountain View, CA

Population: 73,093

Single: 34.8%

Median family income: $109,215

With NASA and Google in town, Mountain View is the perfect place to find a rocket scientist. Googlers alone range from former neurosurgeons, CEOs and puzzle champions to alligator wrestlers and Marines, so there’s no shortage of interesting dates. But since eligible bachelors outnumber women in this town, the savviest singles may want to head to wine-tasting classes, get involved in a local charity, or try yoga — instead of standing around in a bar. –A.C.

Woot Mountain View! Wait… eligible bachelors outnumber women in this town? Only this town? No way!

BTW, where is this photo taken?

10. Santa Clara, CA

Santa Clara, CA

Population: 110,200

Single: 34%

Median family income: $105,516

European-style streets lined with upscale shops, spas and restaurants give this Silicon Valley `burb a sophisticated appeal. Stroll along Santana Row for luxury boutiques and bars. Like many of Santa Clara’s neighboring towns, you’re likely to meet wealthy techies here, but that’s not all. Since the 49ers are headquartered here, you can also rub elbows with eligible single football players and cheerleaders. –A.C.

So true. You can’t walk a foot without bumping into a 49er.

Ok, confession: I did not know Santana Row was in Santa Clara. It’s so confusing over there.

15. San Jose, CA

San Jose, CA

Population: 948,279

Single: 31.3%

Median family income: $100,219

There’s a reason San Jose’s residents jokingly refer to their city as “Man Jose.” Since men outnumber women in Silicon Valley’s high-tech jobs, the dating scene is disproportionately male. Meet the dot-com millionaire of your dreams in the city’s downtown area, which offers a technology museum, several parks, free concerts, an outdoor ice rink in the winter and — great for those nerdy dates — the world’s largest outdoor Monopoly board. –A.C.

Dot-com millionaires? Whoa… dated. But nonetheless, congrats to Man Jose!

Comments (9) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:23 am

9 Responses to “Best places for the rich and single in the Bay Area”

  1. Jonquil Says:

    The Mountain View picture is taken on the Stevens Creek trail. Gorgeous place; I know it well. Used to commute to work on it. (well, from Caltrain to work.)

  2. maryjane Says:

    For some reason this brings to mind what they say about M.I.T. – the odds are good but the goods are odd.

  3. DreamT Says:

    Valley Fair has a Santa Clara address for some reason, but Santana Row just across Stevens Creek is in San Jose. In “downtown” Santa Clara, what you’ll meet are simply SCU students and local families :)

  4. nomadic Says:

    Valley Fair straddles the two cities. Every so often you hear of skirmishes over the sales tax revenue. It’s split; I think they go by the actual city lines so each store reports to the city they are technically in.

    Wikipedia mentions it:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westfield_Valley_Fair#History

  5. bob Says:

    The copy for these articles is simply awful. For some reason they make me feel that I’m watching a badly produced video from the 80’s with cheesy smooth jazz playing in the background.

    Its funny that people seem to go gaga over these cities. All I can think of is how I can’t wait to get home from there at the end of the day. By the way- classy shot of San Jose. They have a Marriot! Woo-hoo!

  6. Real Estater Says:

    That’s one reason you don’t ever want to be stuck in a job without a travel component…unless you enjoy fighting over a middle aged Asian woman.

  7. nomadic Says:

    Travel component? RE, don’t you know you can get them to come to you? Mail order brides aren’t exactly a brand new concept.

  8. buddha-licious Says:

    Really, Real Estater & nomadic? So, youthful, beautiful, bright, principled, soulful, substantial, responsible, kind-hearted ‘middle-aged Asian’ [correction: AMERICANS of Asian descent] women who are there because they chose a path of sacrifice & hard work, instead of partying/social climbing, aren’t worth fighting over? Yet, fighting over self-absorbed, entitled, status-seeking, “Playboy” (read: “non-ethnic”) wannabes are?

    Comments like these make me realize how little respect respectable American women (of non-European heritage) get. These are comments I’d expect in Hicksville, U.S.A. What a shame to hear it from the so-called “educated elite.” Please educate yourself beyond the ivory tower and recognize how destructive to society your “harmless” banter is — it uncovers a deeper, disturbing devaluation, dehumanization of others.

  9. nomadic Says:

    Don’t feel too bad, #8. In a few years, RE’s wife will be a middle-aged Asian American woman. Not that there’s anything wrong with that; in fact, he refers to her as a trophy wife. (BTW, the mail order thing was a joke. Have you seen any of the recent docs on the topic? The women are from Russia typically. You’re being much too serious for a satire blog.)

    I didn’t realize women were still to be “fought over” in this day and age. Sounds rather archaic to me.


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