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February 13, 2013 at 7:30 AM

In Seattle, does true romance start with a one-night stand?

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According to a recent Harris poll, 19 percent of Americans would rather have a root canal than be single on Valentine’s Day.  That’s a little hard to believe.  It’s true, though, that this holiday — silly as it may be — does make some single people feel painfully aware of their singleness. But take heart (no pun intended): you might be single, but you’re hardly alone. There are more than 100 million unmarried adults in the United States, including 1.3 million right here in the Seattle-Tacoma metro area.

Right now is, in fact, the perfect time to celebrate singletons.  Feb. 14 isn’t just Valentine’s Day — it’s also Singles Awareness Day.  At least according to Wikipedia.  So in the spirit of the day, let’s delve into some new data on Seattle-area singles.


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