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Best cities for singles

According to One2One Living Magazine, the following are the best cities for singles in the United States: 1. Raleigh-Durham, N.C. 2. Denver-Boulder, Colo. 3. Washington, D.C./Baltimore 4. Austin, Texas 5. San Diego 6. Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 7. ...

According to One2One Living Magazine, the following are the best cities for singles in the United States:

1. Raleigh-Durham, N.C.

2. Denver-Boulder, Colo.

3. Washington, D.C./Baltimore

4. Austin, Texas

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5. San Diego

6. Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas

7. Chicago

8. Boston

9. New York City

10. Los Angeles

The magazine rated the percentages of available singles between ages 18 and 49 in more than 100 metropolitan areas, as well as each city's "love readiness."

The full article appears in the February/March issue.

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Valentine's Day facts

Number of locations producing chocolate and cocoa products in 2001

1,040

Per capita consumption of candy by Americans

in 2002

24 pounds

Wholesale value

of domestically produced cut flowers in 2002

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$410 million

Amount attributed

to roses

$56 million

Number of florists nationwide

23,870

Number of jewelry stores in the United States in 2001

29,780

Source: www.census.gov

Love is not blind

Most men and women would like to change at least one feature on their significant other's face, according to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

"This survey shows that love is not blind and, in fact, has an eye for improvement," says Dr. Keith LaFerriere.

The survey of 1,000 adults found that 59 percent of women and 54 percent of men would like to change at least one facial feature on their significant other.

They would alter their lover's hair (women, 24 percent; men, 17 percent); wrinkles (women, 9 percent; men, 11 percent); nose (women, 11 percent; men, 9 percent); mouth (6 percent each); eyes (5 percent each); and ears (4 percent each).

In addition, men are more likely than women to consider plastic surgery for their mate (16 percent vs. 11 percent).

If the sweatheart offers to pay for the procedure, women are twice as likely as men to take the comment as a gesture of love and go ahead (13 percent vs. 7 percent).

Be forewarned, however. The survey found that 58 percent of men and 52 percent of women said they would feel insulted at a suggestion of plastic surgery.

And you wonder why the divorce rate is so high!

To contact The Rail, send an e-mail to features editor Dean Rhodes at drhodes@forumcomm.com and he will forward it to the guilty, single parties, or click on the Valley R&R icon at In-Forum.com

Today's best bet

"The Lilies of the Field,"

8 p.m.

Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre, Fargo

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