Looking for love? Try Colorado Springs, Facebook says

By: Dalton Walker, The Gazette
February 13, 2014 Updated: February 13, 2014 at 12:33 pm
photo - The Kissing Camels in Garden of the Gods Thursday, February 7, 2013. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
The Kissing Camels in Garden of the Gods Thursday, February 7, 2013. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette 

If you're looking for love, come to Colorado Springs.

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Colorado Springs was named the most romantic city in the country, according to Facebook and The Wall Street Journal, which used online data to list the top five cities. Surprised?

Texas is almost as romantic, with three cities listed in the top five in El Paso, Fort Worth and San Antonio. Louisville, Ky., rounded out the list.

What would lead Facebook to believe Colorado Springs is a hot spot for love? Your personal information, of course.

Yes, Facebook is always watching us. Here's proof.

The social media site allows users to display their relationship status, so Facebook data nerds chose a month at random and counted how many people went from "single" to being "in a relationship," according to the Journal.

The Springs popped up on top.

What is it about our beautiful city that makes people want to be in a relationship?

Is it the Garden of the Gods? Or the incredible Front Range view? Or is it the weather? Or is it the fantastic news coverage provided by The Gazette? Who knows? Facebook did not supply those answers.

I've only lived in the city for about five months, and I've been married for almost six years. (Sorry, ladies.)

Perhaps it's just how satisfied people are in our wonderful city. There's a lot of fun stuff to do, especially outdoors.

The Journal speculated Wednesday in a website video that it might be our large military population and our religious demographic.

"Those people tend to value committed relationships a little more," tech reporter Reed Albergotti said. "They get married a little younger, so that's what could be what's pushing CS to the top of this list."

Or it might have something to do with the size of our city.

Places with higher percentages of singles tend to have low percentages of relationships, the Journal said. Too many options, I guess.

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You can't talk Colorado on the Web without mentioning marijuana.

So apparently you don't get free weed when you buy lift tickets to Colorado ski resorts. Well, there goes my weekend plans.

Joking aside, no matter what former Rhode Island Democratic Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy says, we don't get free weed when we buy lift tickets.

The Daily Caller, a website known for its conservative views, called out Kennedy on Tuesday for making the false claim in his Monday appearance on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report." Kennedy is the leader of a group called Project Sam that opposes legal marijuana.

Kennedy went back and forth with Colbert's playful banter.

In a roughly seven-minute video at Colbertnation.com, at the 3:30 mark, Kennedy said marijuana joints are given out when you buy a lift ticket. Colbert asked whether that's true, and Kennedy said yes before quickly moving on.

Colorado Ski Country USA said Kennedy was "factually incorrect," according to The Daily Caller.

See the video news report here.


Have a Colorado on the Web idea? Send it to dalton.walker@gazette.com or tweet @GazetteDalton.



You can also click here for your Valentine's Day entertainment options around Colorado Springs.

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