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Caitlin Cleary and Kelly Robinson, both 23 and in relationships, said they wouldn’t expect to meet someone they want to date at a bar, like Amigo’s, where they shared nachos at happy hour on a recent Thursday.But for Robinson, meeting her boyfriend through mutual friends posed its own problems.Portland Singles Speed Dating, Singles Events, Singles Mixers, Social Networking, Singles Dining Groups, Singles Wine Tasting Portland Singles Dance: Salsa, Swing, Country, Folk, Ballroom Portland Singles Religious Groups: Portland Christian Singles, Portland Catholic Singles, Portland Jewish Singles Portland Single Volunteers and Charity Groups Portland Singles Civic Organizations: Single Jaycees, Portland Toastmasters Portland Singles Sports Clubs and Leagues: Local Singles Tennis, Singles Golf, Singles Outdoors Portland Singles Nightlife, Singles Bars, Singles Parties, Local Entertainment and Nightlife What are the best ways to meet singles in your city? Join many different singles groups and social networking meetups.First: Meet young single professionals at fundraisers, singles charity and civic organizations.

Cleary said it’s a common problem in Portland, where it seems there’s never more than two degrees of separation between you and a suitor. “If I were single and met someone new, there’s going to be 10 people I know that are going to have something to say about that person.” Although Cleary sees that as a downside to dating here, Abbie Mc Gilvery likes the fact that getting insight into a potential new partner is only a phone call away – often to someone who has already dated that person.

Tim Greenway/Staff Photographer Among the young and single, Portland’s dating scene has gotten an unfortunate reputation.

“I’ve been told many times since I moved here that it’s hard to be single here,” said Devin Green, an unattached 31-year-old woman who has been living in the city for about a year.

And as for the number of bars per capita – a figure that’s often used to rate the best cities for singles – even nightlife hot spots like Las Vegas and New Orleans can’t hold a cocktail to Portland, where there’s a drinking establishment for every 1,000 residents.

As the Old Port’s outdoor patios opened up and singles flooded from their apartments looking for summer love, we aimed to figure out how Portland got its bad rap and whether a good mate is really that hard to find here.

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