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I didn't use it to date guys from my town (already knew them, didn't need a web service to find them).

I used it to date guys from OTHER surrounding small towns.

I'm sure North Dakota is beautiful, but there are upsides to living in a place where independent women exert a great deal of influence over the culture.

Having to deal with flaky artist types is better than having to deal with this: It's not surprising that women would rather have fewer opportunities for dates than have dates that talk about them like this.

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My boyfriend, Greg, had started a new job in Houston, Texas (population 2.2 million), right around when I began mine in Hudson, and the distance sucked, but we were making it work. And I realized, perhaps for the first time, how small Hudson actually was.

In the summer of 2013, I moved from Boston, Massachusetts (population 4.5 million), to Hudson, New York (population 6,600).

I made the move for a job, to become the managing editor of a startup print magazine and website called In the beginning, I was all about the rural. I liked all the empty space in my bigger, cheaper apartment. I was working all the time anyway, so I barely registered the lack of people or bookstores or choice of restaurant when I went out to eat with my small band of colleagues.

In big cities, it's easier for women to simply avoid the places where gross misogynists hang out, but in small towns with only one bar and two restaurants, the only escape is to become a hermit.

Eligon did find one group of single women that was happy about the gender-ratio situation: sex workers, who have flocked to the area after hearing about how much money they can make there.

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  1. Jan 16, 2013. Clearly the best thing to do is stay back on the farm to live in a male-dense rural area, where the marriageable boys are there for your picking. Or it was, until Tuesday, when an enterprising New York Times journalist named John Eligon reported on a small oil town in North Dakota—“An Oil Town Where.

  2. Aug 9, 2017. But, like all dating situations, rural dating still has its ups and downs. I know this since I spent a lot of time in a rural area. Specifically, South Dakota for the better part of two years. Dating in the suburbs of Southern California or the streets of New York was one thing, but rural America was a different beast.

  3. My bf and I live in a pretty rural area, we went hiking for our first two dates. First time to a cave 20 minute hike, second to a natural lookout that overlooks the cliffs and seawall. Third date he took me to a lighthouse. It wasn't about where we went, it was about going with him. permalink; embed; save.

  4. Jun 3, 2016. Well that, my friend, is the seemingly endless proliferation of online dating apps like Tinder, Bumble, and OKCupid. For those in major cities, there's already. Because our pictures are so anonymous, we often will get matched with people that we know or who live in our area. It's hard to keep a straight face.

  5. Originally Posted by MisfitBanana View Post. I don't know, I think online dating is becoming more prevalent. If someone lives in a very rural area and can't regularly get to a big city for singles activities, socializing, or dating, then I could see them turning to the Internet.

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