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Start dating in Austin the right way

by eharmony Editorial Team - January 28, 2023

With its unique blend of authentic Texas aesthetic and history combined with the vibrant diversity and sheer cultural force of the city, it’s easy to see why dating in Austin is a unique experience and, as any local will tell you, one full of wonderful contradictions.

So what are the unique challenges and opportunities for those singles dating in Austin, TX, navigating the city’s notorious casual dating culture, trying to meet the kind of people for you and, at the end of the day, building something special?

eharmony’s Austin dating check


best city for singles

according to Wallethub study


of the Austin population is single

according to the US Census Bureau


medium cost of dating in Austin

top 3 Austin date spots

Zilker Botanical Garden

Minigolf at The Dirdie Birdie

Jazz & Drinks at Devil May Care

The unique experience of dating in Austin

Having your doubts about the local dating scene? There’s a lot more to the city than one might think. Let’s take a look at some of the things that characterize dating in Austin:

  • WalletHub ranked Austin 7th in a survey ranking the best places for singles.1
  • Austin has a younger dating pool in general with a median age of 332
  • Whether it’s outdoor activities, experiencing the local culture or socializing, singles in Austin keep a full diary so dating in the city often means being willing to experience new things and as you try to find space for each other in your lives. 
  • Live shows and music tend to come part and parcel with dating in Austin so get ready for some late-night dates in loud bars.     

But where are some places to meet singles in Austin and get started?

A quick guide to meeting Austin singles

If you’re wondering where to meet singles in Austin that suit your sensibilities, we’ve got some ideas:

  • The Roosevelt Room – This warehouse district cocktail bar is a local favorite and a slightly more toned-down venue from other famous Austin nightlife spots.
  • Festivals – As a famed festival city, boasting Austin City Limits Music Festival and SXSW, it’s pretty difficult to avoid their prominence in the culture of dating in Austin, TX.
  • Dog parks – Austin is a huge dog city and taking yours to an off-leash park like Red Bud Isle can lead to all kinds of social encounters as your dog plays.
  • Barton Springs – This natural spring pool is the perfect place to run into active local singles in a serene location.
  • The Thursday Night Social Ride – Ride through the city and meet new people in this popular weekly event featuring as many as 250 cyclists.

Here are some dating challenges both universal and unique to dating in Austin:

  • Bad timing can break a budding relationship if you’re in different places in life.
  • Singles tend to be less open to being approached in real life in this modern era.
  • Local singles are known to be somewhat flaky when it comes to plans.
  • Many have unrealistic expectations when it comes to what they want in a partner.

These challenges are why many turn to eharmony.

Discover a different way with eharmony

As mentioned above, Austin singles are very active in the online dating sphere, with a true wealth of dating apps in Austin. However, since we launched in 2000, many locals have ended up finding real love on eharmony. This is because we don’t focus on just finding you more dates, but deeper connections.

eharmony specializes in helping relationship-minded singles form authentic connections. Ones that don’t just peter out but that actually go somewhere real. It’s a commitment that has led to a distinct industry track record, having helped over 2 million people find that special someone.

In fact, someone finds here every 14 minutes. This is thanks to our large and incredibly diverse user base of high-quality, sincere, open-minded and invested singles dating in Austin and around the world. Another key success factor is our compatibility-based approach to matching, where instead of swiping our algorithm intelligently matches you with singles who are proven to be compatible with your personality and lifestyle.

How to start your dating journey in Austin with eharmony:

  • Take a Compatibility Quiz so we can get a handle on your key personality traits.
  • Quickly set up your profile
  • Check your Match List of compatible singles and filter based on a range of criteria
  • Once you’ve found some you like, get in touch using one of our many communication features.

It’s that simple.      

Start your ATX romance story today

So whether it’s going from super casual dating to buying a puppy together in the blink of a relationship eye, or trying to find something more than a weekend dalliance while enjoying the bands at SXSW, dating in Austin certainly comes with that distinct and familiar local flavor. One as complex as it is rich.

But if you’re looking for something a little more thought-out, centered around sincerity and designed around your dating needs, eharmony can help you cut through the noise and find that person that suits you perfectly sooner rather than later. Start free today to meet Singles from Austin.

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  1. According to a WalletHub Study 2022  

  2. According to the US Census Bureau