State College may not be the largest or most glamorous city, but it has something that traditional singles hotbeds lack -- the highest percentage of singles of any city in the United States, according to a recent study.
OnBoard LLC, the real estate data company that conducted the study, found that 76.5 percent of the borough's population is currently unattached.
With a median age of 24, State College, by proportion, is currently one of the hottest spots in the nation to find a date, according to OnBoard LLC.
Penn State's 682 student organizations, from fraternities and sororities to service organizations and a host of special interest groups, leave no shortage of places for students to meet.
"It's easy to strike up a conversation and people are really friendly here," Amanda Karl (freshman-public relations) said.
Stephanie Clowes (freshman-division of undergraduate studies) said State College is a lively town with many people to meet.
"We met some guys at a poker night last weekend, and this week we're going to a pool party," Clowes said.
For the large population of students living off campus, apartments and rented houses provide another social setting for singles to meet new people.
"I'm not trying to look for random hook-ups," said Josh Masia (sophomore-electrical engineering). "During the school year, I only party at friends' apartments."
State College bars are another popular place for the over-21 crowd to meet singles, including the All-American Rathskeller, 108 S. Pugh St.
"We've been here for more than 80 years, and we have live music almost every night of the week," Rathskeller employee Michael Schachter said. "During the year, it's wall-to-wall every weekend."
For those who have experienced fraternity parties or the local bar scene and are looking for something a little different, Nittany Singles, a local speed dating service, provides yet another option for State College singles.
Founded last summer, Nittany Singles hosts speed dating events bi-weekly at local bars. At each event, participants are paired off for four-minute "mini-dates" before switching partners. The events usually last about two-and-a-half hours, said Jayson Jackson, co-founder of Nittany Singles.
"It's an alternative for people who have tried the bars and don't necessarily see them as the place where they can meet that special someone," he said.
At the end of the event, participants can evaluate if anyone caught their interest, and if there is a match, Nittany Singles will provide the pair with the other person's contact information, Jackson said.
Jackson emphasized the importance of acting natural in any social setting, be it speed dating or going on a job interview.
"Some people find it intimidating, going out and not knowing who is going to be there at the event," Jackson said. "It's the same at bars, too. Just be you and just relax and have fun."