A Single's Guide to Dating in Jersey City, NJ

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25 April 2018

Jersey City is growing, and with more people moving in and long-term residents staying put, there is a bigger dating pool. However, this can also make the whole prospect overwhelming. Don’t worry—here are the tips you need to navigate dating in Jersey City.


According to the 2016 U.S. Census Bureau report, the Jersey City population totaled 264,161 and was split evenly between men and women at the time. The median age was 33.7, and those between the ages of 20 and 29 made up 18% of the population. However, the largest age group was 30-39 with 21%. A total of 56% of the residents were single, which is about 7% higher than the state percentage. Of this group, men who had never married accounted for 50%, and women made up 40%. Additionally, of the single population, 9% were divorced women, and 5% were divorced men.

Holding hands on the walk home | © Vladimir Kudinov


It’s no secret that online dating and mobile dating apps have become more common. According the AT&T 2018 study of best and worst states for online dating, New Jersey ranked 10th, just under New York. However, if Tinder and Bumble aren’t your speed, give Meetup a try. Although the site isn’t centered on dating, there are numerous singles groups focused on different areas of interest and all are within 25 miles of Jersey City.

Woman looking at the messages and alerts on her phone. | © Bence Boros / Unsplash

Grab a drink

Still skeptical of technology? Then perhaps hitting up happy hours after work is a good way to meet other singles. Have a Night provides information on all the good happy hour spots in town, including times, places, and drink specials. For something with a little more structure, try attending a dating event. Whether it’s speed dating, or even karaoke, these events can give the extra push needed to get out there and meet new people.

People enjoying drinks at happy hour. | © Michael Discenza / Unsplash

Get active

For those who want to do something more active, try meeting people at the gym. Although many people are focused on their workouts, there’s nothing wrong with striking up a conversation at the snack bar. If a workout class or sweat session is more your speed, try attending solo to increase the chance of meeting new people. For those who love team sports, try ZogSports, which offers leagues in everything from kickball to soccer; just pick a sport, and get to know some new faces.

An impromptu beach volleyball game. | © Vidar Nordli-Mathisen / Unsplash

Take the dog for a walk

Dog owners already have to take their furry friends out every day, so kill two birds with one stone, and take a trip to a dog park, such as the one in Hamilton Park. What better way to break the ice than asking that cute individual in the park about their pet?

Man walks the dogs in the park. | © Matt Nelson / Unsplash

Be open

There are many ways to go about dating in Jersey City. Despite how overwhelming it might seem, the city is a vibrant place with lots to do. No matter what strategy you take, remember to enter every new encounter with an open mind, and keep any unnecessary stress or pressure at bay. Who knows? That alone might change your status from third wheel to one half of a loving couple.

A woman holding a lights in the shape of a heart. | © Bart LaRue / Unsplash

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