22. Kirkland, WA
Kirkland, WA
Population: 49,931
Single: 30.8%
Median family income: $101,056

With its million-dollar real estate lining beautiful Lake Washington, Kirkland offers a Pacific Northwestern take on the moneyed beach town. The surrounding region is a haven for tech firms, including mighty Microsoft. Flirt with eligible singles on the stretch of park along the shore. Get to know your new special someone over fish tacos at a restaurant downtown, and if you really hit it off, continue on to one of the numerous local bars. On the second Friday of every month, join the Kirkland Artwalk, a night when downtown galleries open their doors for special shows and demonstrations.  

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Last updated August 17 2011: 1:25 PM ET
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