Whether you live(d) there, went to school there or have only visited — you’re undoubtedly familiar with the peculiar yet magical bubble that is singles life in Utah. No other place in the world houses so many young, eligible Mormons all packed so closely together. To put it scripturally: the cup runneth over.
But despite all the appeal that this bubble possesses, there comes a time in some people’s lives when they feel the need to leave it. To branch out. To move on and move up — and to find a new singles scene. But where to go? Which city (and scene) will be the best fit? We’re glad you asked. Because this post is for you.
One of the most fantastic aspects of the Mormon church is its sense of community, which means an instant network of friendship and support no matter where you travel. And for YSAs (Young Single Adults) — it also means an instant potential dating pool.
In this post, we profile major cities across the country, giving you a breakdown of the locale, the vibe, the lifestyle, and of course, the YSA scene. Whatever your reason for moving — graduation, a job search, or just looking for a change — our field guide has got you covered. So do some research, find your scene, and get out there and have some fun. Let’s get this party started.
So without further ado, Normons presents:
YSAs Across the USA
(click Read More below to see the full posts on each city)
**Want to help us make this resource better? Send us an email at NormonQuestions@gmail.com if you’d like to add your scene to the list or help us improve on one that’s here.
The NYC Scene
NYC Might Be For You If: You have a need for excitement and achievement, want to be where the action is, and are cool with paying at least $1000/month for rent.
DC Might Be For You If: You’re a people person, consider yourself politically active/informed, and want a combination of city + open spaces.
Boston Might Be For You If: You love to learn, want to work hard, and want to be surrounded by the best and the brightest in the world.
The Seattle Scene
Seattle Might Be For You If: You love the outdoors, are interested in the tech industry, don’t mind the rain and have a little hipster in your soul.
Portland Might Be For You If: You want a cooler-temp, slower-paced lifestyle, enjoy activities in nature that aren’t just laying out at the beach, and don’t mind being a big fish in a little pond.
SF Might Be For You If: You want the perks of city life along with easy access to the outdoors, you want time to pursue a project/startup, and you prefer to wear a hoodie & jeans instead of dressier business attire.
Silicon Valley Might Be For You If: You stay up to date on the latest startup acquisitions, want to work in or around tech, and want a more laid-back suburban life than SF can provide.
LA Might Be For You If: You want a big city lifestyle with perfect weather year-round, plus the conveniences of a more suburban city than NYC, Chicago, or SF.
Orange County Might Be For You If: You’re seeking a comfortable, mellow social life, don’t mind spending egregious amounts of money on gas, and just want to live close to the beach.
San Diego Might Be For You If: You love chill vibes and love the beach, but want somewhere less sprawling and congested than LA.
Vegas Might Be For You If: You find Arizona too boring but California too expensive, enjoy the heat and being outdoors, and don’t mind a community fueled by shoulder-rubbing and schmoozing.
AZ Might Be For You If: You love the heat but don’t need a diverse landscape, are ready to start a traditional home and family, and don’t mind hearing stories about the things people did in high school.
Denver Might Be For You If: You love nature and all four seasons, aren’t interested in the fast-paced lifestyle of a big city, and prefer trees and mountains to glitz and glamor.
South & Midwest
Dallas Might Be For You If: You’re looking to settle down and live the good life, care about job security and a low cost of living, and hate state taxes (we don’t pay any!).
Chicago Might Be For You If: You love food, like the city vibe, and want to live a dialed back NYC-esque lifestyle.
ATL Might Be For You If: You want to work for a Fortune 500 company, love Southern cooking, and don’t mind a smaller community of Saints.
Don’t see your scene here? Disagree with the synopsis of your scene or have something to add? Comment below or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and you can help us fix that.