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He tried online dating with some success, but exhausted that option without finding the perfect match. “I think people get disheartened really easily,” Apse said.“There’s lots of awesome people in Portland, beautiful women and people who are engaged and excited about life.” FOR ONE SINGLE, MOVING NO HELP Emily Straubel, 30, had to learn that the hard way.Marc Mc Donald, 34, and Katie Wasowski, 28, talk at Eventide Oyster Co. The couple live together in Portland and have been together since February of 2013.Tim Greenway/Staff Photographer Among the young and single, Portland’s dating scene has gotten an unfortunate reputation.But for Robinson, meeting her boyfriend through mutual friends posed its own problems.His friends were also friends with her ex, she said, and once they started dating, there wasn’t room for everyone.“We find that a lot of it is really about density,” Malov said.

But the concentration of eligible mates there is relatively low, with 20 percent of Portsmouth’s adult population under 35 and unmarried, compared with 26.5 percent in Portland, according to U. SMALL CITY HELPS – AND HINDERS Arthur Malov, an instructor for the International Dating Coach Association in New York City, said there’s a better predictor of whether a city is a good place to date.

“There are lots of people who are trying to meet people,” he said.

Apse, who has lived in several smaller towns, said he moved to Portland because he thought he’d have a better chance of finding a partner in the city.

“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.

Long winters, reserved demeanors and inescapable exes are reasons why people say Portland can be a difficult place to date. With more than 15,000 residents ages 20 to 34 and unmarried – about a quarter of the city’s adult population – the concentration of young, single people is about the same in Portland as it is in New York City, and is twice as high as in Maine as a whole.