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Edwards rated top town for rich, young singles

Melanie Wong
Edwards, CO Colorado
Vail Daily file photoNot all locals agreed with a magazine's assessment that Edwards, Colorado is a hot spot for the rich and single

EDWARDS, Colorado – Looking for a “sugar daddy” or “sugar mama”? According to Money magazine, Edwards, Colorado might be the place to be.

In it’s annual lists of “best places,” Edwards was rated the sixth best places for the rich and single. The list was compiled based on the percentage of single, young professionals, median family income and desirability of the area.

Edwards was described as a “skier’s paradise,” where you could ski Beaver Creek, then “cozy up to a stranger in one of the many restaurants and bars clustered at the base of the mountain.” About 34 percent of Edward’s population is single, with a median family income of $101,785.

Hermosa Beach, Calif. took the No. 1 spot, with 47.2 percent of its population single and a median family income of $137,941. Superior, Colo., between Denver and Boulder, also made the list at #24.

Eagle-Vail resident Rhiannon Gagnon said she wasn’t surprised that Edwards made the list, with it’s village center and the Riverwalk adding activity and a social scene to the town.

She said she moved to the valley to be with her boyfriend a year-and-a-half ago, but noticed that the area has many single men.

“All of (my boyfriend’s) friends say this is definitely the ‘Male’ Valley,” she said.

Edwards resident Allison Dougherty said she had similar observations, adding that Edwards was a great place to live in general.

“I love it, and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else in the valley,” said Dougherty, who moved to Vail for her fiance. “We’re right in Riverwalk, and my dentist, hair dresser, my favorite restaurant, it’s all right there. I’m a runner, and there are great trails that are very accessible.”

However, she said she wasn’t sure it was the best place for singles.

“There are a lot of couples, and I do know a lot of single guys, and it’s tough for them,” she said. “It’s hard to meet people.”

Others disagreed with the magazine’s assessment, saying that they thought of Edwards as more of a family community.

“I’m surprised it’s singles,” said Atlanta resident Bob Bernstein, who has been visiting Edwards and Vail for 20 years. “Edwards is more for families, is it not? It’s a great spot, but I think singles would be more Vail. Vail’s got more nightlife and bars. I’d tell a single person to go to Vail.”

For all of Edward’s great qualities and high single population, the area isn’t always friendly to single people who don’t fall under the wealthy category, some said.

“I don’t think (the rating) is true. There’s nothing really to do in Edwards, and it’s really expensive,” said Liz Mendoza, who has lived in Edwards for 16 years. “People don’t come here to hook up – they come here to work. The area is relaxing, but it just stresses you out how high the costs are. You work all the time just to pay rent.”

Taylor Roozen contributed to this article. Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2928 or mwong@vaildaily.com.

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