The Nerdy Dating Habits of Politicos in D.C.

Wonks in Washington love to play golf or board games on a date.

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Washington has long been dubbed one of the country's nerdiest cities, and it's not hard to see why.

The waiting list for membership to a D.C. meetup group called "Geeks & Nerds" is currently more than 1,000 people long. At the monthly "Nerd Nite DC," hundreds come together to drink while discussing topics such as chess strategy or the Higgs particle. And wonks gather almost nightly at bar trivia nights across the city to answer obscure questions on varied topics, including politics, science or literature. But does the city's political class also date nerdy?

Research shared with Whispers by several dating companies suggests it does.

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How About We, a dating service that plans outings for its users, says it has found board games to be a favored date in D.C. (Yes, there is a Settlers of Catan Google group for Washington.) Washingtonians also love educational outings, such as learning how to make beer or sushi, or to learn to salsa dance, according to the service. And How About We says Washington sees the second highest number of cultural dates in the country (New York comes first), with the International Spy Museum one of the most popular destinations.

Red State Date and Blue State Date, two sites aimed at young politicos in Washington, says it has found conservative women in particular like to share nerdy information about themselves with a potential date.

"[For] conservative girls, their favorite shows and books are more likely to include Harry Potter for instance," J.D. Beebe, a co-founder of the sites, tells Whispers. "I think the nerdy dates... [are] a product of D.C.—a metro jammed packed with world famous museums and an extremely educated population looking to flex their intellect."

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The Washington area contains the highest proportion of college-educated adults in the country, and its Smithsonian museums make up the world's largest museum and research complex.

But Washingtonians also enjoy another activity just as much as nerding out—and that is to drink.

Grouper, a social club that sets up group drinking dates, says its D.C. members prefer to meet in bars over the city's landmarks. And when D.C.'s politicos do drink, gin is their spirit of choice, according to How About We, with the drink favored by presidents Bill Clinton and F.D.R. imbibed on 1 in 12 drinking dates in the city.

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  • Elizabeth Flock is a staff writer for U.S. News & World Report. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook or reach her at