Happily Ever After: 5 Best Cities for Newlyweds

As some of you may know, we celebrated our own newlyweds this past Sunday, October 18, 2015, when my daughter married the love of her life, her best friend, Chris. So I thought this was a perfect post to share with my readers!

Mr. & Mrs. McIntosh

Are you newly married? Congratulations! As you embark on this new chapter of your life, you and your spouse may be wondering where you should live. If your options are open, take a look at the following cities. For various reasons, they are among the best places for newlyweds to live.

Santa Clara, California

Santa Clara, which is in California’s San Francisco Bay Area, boasts some pretty awesome statistics that make it attractive to newlyweds. The city’s crime rate is low, the median rent for a two-bedroom apartment is a mere $900, and the median household income is close to $90,000.

About 40 percent of Santa Clara’s population is married, so you and your spouse will have opportunities aplenty to make friends with other couples.

Gilbert, Arizona

Gilbert, Arizona, has one of the highest percentages of married people in the nation; 70 percent of its population is married. Not only does this mean you’ll have tons of opportunities for socializing, but it may be easier to find couples who have been married for decades — you can ask them for pointers on how to have a successful marriage.

Other good things about Gilbert include its proximity to Phoenix and its high median annual household income, which comes in at just over $80,000. The median price of rent is around $1,200 per month.

Seattle, Washington

Forbes named Seattle as one of the “Luckiest Cities for Love.” About 50 percent of the population is married, and the divorce rate is a measly 11.8 percent. Compare that figure to the national divorce rate, which is roughly 50 percent.

Seattle is particularly good for young newlywed couples. The city’s hip vibe, plentiful job opportunities for professionals, and great outdoor spaces make for an active, interesting, and fast-paced life.

Unfortunately, Seattle is a tad on the expensive side. The average apartment costs more than $1,800 per month.

Vista, California

California boasts yet another one of the best places to live for newlyweds. Vista, which is in the San Diego area, boasts an abundance of parks and has a low crime rate.

You’ll enjoy Vista’s young atmosphere; the average age is about 33. About half the people in the city are married, so you’re sure to find lots of cool places for date night. You might have to prepare for a bit of a commute; the average time to get to work is around 24 minutes. The median price of rent is roughly $1,200.

Somerville, Massachusetts

You may have wondered if the East Coast would get a mention on this list. While most of the prime spots for newlyweds are in the West, Somerville definitely deserves a mention. This charming city has a young population, and it’s close to all the jobs and activities in Boston. Only about seven percent of Somerville’s population is divorced.  Expect to pay between $1,500 and $2,000 for rent in this hip city.

As you and your spouse get started on your new life, you might consider moving to one of the cities on this list. You could find your lifelong home or, at the very least, experience the joys of exploring a new city together.

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    • Well Florida isn't on that list for several reasons – not that it isn't a great state mind you! But just off the top of my head I can think of several reasons why newlyweds wouldn't want to live there – it's one of the vacation capitals of the world. Think spring break and Disney. Out-of-towners all over the place, coming and going as they please. Hurricanes. Alligators / Crocodiles in your back yard. Um, no. 🙂

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