Are you trying to find love in Arizona?
Or are you just looking to hook up?
Either way, we’ve got you covered here. At least, we’ll point you in the right direction – which is why you came here in the first place, right?
According to the Pew Research Center, the number of Americans who have remained single (not married) is growing. That means, people are dating a lot longer than they used to.
There are many reasons for that, including financial and cultural. And, we suspect smartphones and social media has a lot to do with it, too. After all, we’re all a lot more distracted these days.
If you live in Arizona, there’s a pretty good chance there are a lot of singles in your area. The Grand Canyon State ranks in the top 10 when it comes to number of people over the age of 18 who aren’t married, or in a serious relationship. That’s great news for people looking for their match.
So, where are the best cities for singles in Arizona? We’ve got the answers here.
These are the best cities for singles in Arizona. Try not to jump in the car with a dozen roses:
- Flagstaff (Photos)
- Tucson (Photos)
- Tempe (Photos)
- Phoenix (Photos)
- Mesa (Photos)
- Glendale (Photos)
- El Mirage (Photos)
- Chandler (Photos)
- Avondale (Photos)
- Scottsdale (Photos)
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each city ranked. If you live in or really close to one of these cities, and you’re single, you should probably get out more often. And stop staring at your phone. Just sayin’.
The most boring place in Arizona? That would be Goodyear.
How do you determine which city is best for singles in Arizona anyways?
To give you the places in Arizona which are best for singles to find one another, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what single people like.
So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.
How we crunched the numbers for the Grand Canyon State
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the 2011-2015 American Community Survey Census data produced for the state of Arizona, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:
- Population density
- % of population that’s male vs. female (closer to a 50-50 ratio is better)
- % of households with kids
- Median age
- Number of unmarried people in each city
We then gave each city a Singles Score.
The higher the score, the better the city is for singles to find one another. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Arizona, that meant a total of 41 cities.
Read on to see why Flagstaff is the talk of the town while Goodyear is probably a bit on the boring side.
Median Age: 25.2
Married households: 37.9%
Households with kids: 28.1%
Flagstaff is a city in and the county seat of Coconino County in northern Arizona, in the southwestern United States. In 2015, the city’s estimated population was 70,320. Flagstaff’s combined metropolitan area has an estimated population of 139,097. The city is named after a ponderosa pine flagpole made by a scouting party from Boston (known as the ‘Second Boston Party’) to celebrate the United States Centennial on July 4, 1876.
Median Age: 33.2
Married households: 33.5%
Households with kids: 28.2%
Tucson (/tusn/ /tusn/) is a city and the county seat of Pima County, Arizona, United States, and home to the University of Arizona. The 2010 United States Census put the population at 520,116, while the 2015 estimated population of the entire Tucson metropolitan statistical area (MSA) was 980,263. The Tucson MSA forms part of the larger Tucson-Nogales combined statistical area (CSA), with a total population of 1,010,025 as of the 2010 Census. Tucson is the second-largest populated city in Arizona behind Phoenix, both of which anchor the Arizona Sun Corridor. The city is located 108 miles (174 km) southeast of Phoenix and 60 mi (97 km) north of the U.S.?Mexico border. Tucson is the 33rd largest city and the 53rd largest metropolitan area in the United States.
Median Age: 28.5
Married households: 31.1%
Households with kids: 21.0%
Tempe (/tmpi/ TEM’-pee; Oidba in Pima), also known as Hayden’s Ferry during the territorial times of Arizona, is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, with the Census Bureau reporting a 2010 population of 161,719. The city is named after the Vale of Tempe in Greece. Tempe is located in the East Valley section of metropolitan Phoenix; it is bordered by Phoenix and Guadalupe on the west, Scottsdale on the north, Chandler on the south, and Mesa on the east. Tempe is also the location of the main campus of Arizona State University.
Median Age: 33.3
Married households: 40.9%
Households with kids: 36.0%
Phoenix (/finks/) is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. With 1,615,017 people (as of 2016[update]), Phoenix is the fifth most populous city nationwide, the most populous state capital in the United States, and the only state capital with a population of more than one million residents.
Median Age: 36.1
Married households: 47.8%
Households with kids: 31.4%
Mesa (/mes/ MAY-s) is a city in Maricopa County, in the U.S. state of Arizona. It is a suburb located about 20 miles (32 km) east of Phoenix. Mesa is the central city of the East Valley section of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. It is bordered by Tempe on the west, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community on the north, Chandler and Gilbert on the south along with Queen Creek, and Apache Junction on the east.
Median Age: 33.9
Married households: 43.2%
Households with kids: 36.5%
Glendale /lndel/ is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, located about nine miles (14 km) northwest from Downtown Phoenix. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 226,721.
7. El Mirage
Median Age: 28.9
Married households: 50.6%
Households with kids: 50.0%
Median Age: 35.0
Married households: 52.7%
Households with kids: 38.4%
Chandler is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, and a prominent suburb of the Phoenix, Arizona, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). It is bordered to the north and west by Tempe, to the north by Mesa, to the west by Phoenix, to the south by the Gila River Indian Community, and to the east by Gilbert. As of July 2015, the population was 260,828 according to the United States Census Bureau, According to the city’s official website, Chandler’s Transportation & Development Department estimated the population, as of May 2016, to be 247,328. It also has satellite locations for many technology companies, including Intel and Orbital ATK.
Median Age: 30.4
Married households: 49.4%
Households with kids: 46.9%
Median Age: 46.3
Married households: 46.2%
Households with kids: 20.0%
Scottsdale (O’odham: Vaai S-vaon; Yaqui: Eskatel) is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. Named Scottsdale in 1894 after founder Winfield Scott and incorporated in 1951 with a population of 2,000, the 2015 population of the city is estimated to be 236,839 according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The New York Times described downtown Scottsdale as ‘a desert version of Miami’s South Beach’ and as having ‘plenty of late night partying and a buzzing hotel scene.’ Its slogan is ‘The West’s Most Western Town.’
There You Have It – The Best Cities for Singles in Arizona
If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in Arizona ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for finding a single person (and potentially love), this is an accurate list.
Here’s a look at the most boring cities in Arizona according to the data:
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