Best Cities For Singles In Arizona For 2020


We used science and data to determine which cities in Arizona have the best set up for singles: no kids, no old people, and a lot to do.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best cities for singles in Arizona.

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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 for 2020:

  1. Tempe (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Tucson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Flagstaff (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Phoenix (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Scottsdale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Chandler (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Mesa (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Sierra Vista (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Oro Valley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Glendale (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So, what was the best city for singles in Arizona? Tempe ranks as the best place for singles in Arizona if you care about things singles care about like night life, affordable housing, and other singles.

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 Camp Verde.

And after you find a mate, you'll no doubt want to start a family and buy a home right? Don't forget to check out the best places to live in arizona or the safest places to live in arizona.

For more Arizona reading, check out:

The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Arizona For 2020

Tempe, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 183,652
Median Age: 28.9
Married households: 6.0%
Households with kids: 20.2%
More on Tempe: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Tempe, 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.

Review Of Tempe by HomeSnacks User

There was alot to do here in Tempe. Parks the YMCA and amusement parks nearby. It's a nice beautiful fun city. There are alot of stores nearby and places to go shopping. It's hard to get bored because there is so much to do.

Castles and coasters is a great amusement park to go to. Everything is close by. People are very friendly. There is also beautiful scenery.

Tucson, AZ

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Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 539,216
Median Age: 33.4
Married households: 9.0%
Households with kids: 28.1%
More on Tucson: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Tucson 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 was 980,263. The Tucson MSA forms part of the larger Tucson-Nogales combined statistical area, 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 southeast of Phoenix and 60mi north of the U.S.-Mexico border. Tucson is the 33rd largest city and the 53rd largest metropolitan area in the United States.

Review Of Tucson by HomeSnacks User

idk ive lived here 7yrs. i exp everything you would in a typical life
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food and the people....................................

Flagstaff, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 71,202
Median Age: 25.2
Married households: 9.0%
Households with kids: 24.9%
More on Flagstaff: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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 to celebrate the United States Centennial on July 4, 1876.

Review Of Flagstaff by HomeSnacks User

I arrived at night and went to a local bar because it was the only thing open and it was freezing out. Some drunk guy offered to let me sleep on his couch but he was so drunk that I thought it would be better to just sleep in my car. It was so cold though, I left my motor running the whole night. In the morning I warmed up at a cozy diner.

The bar was your run of the mill dive bar. Except the people there were exceptionally nice.

The diner let me brush my teeth and use the bathroom even after I had paid and left.

Phoenix, AZ

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,610,071
Median Age: 33.5
Married households: 8.0%
Households with kids: 35.9%
More on Phoenix: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. With 1,615,017 people, 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.

Review Of Phoenix by HomeSnacks User

The crime was very low and my experience was very nice. The weather was hot. There were many fun things to do there. I went to a baseball game. It was a lot of fun.

the baseball game was fun and also the food in the area was amazing

Scottsdale, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 246,026
Median Age: 47.0
Married households: 5.0%
Households with kids: 19.1%
More on Scottsdale: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Scottsdale 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."

Chandler, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 248,631
Median Age: 35.6
Married households: 8.0%
Households with kids: 37.4%
More on Chandler: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Chandler is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, and a prominent suburb of the Phoenix, Arizona, Metropolitan Statistical Area. 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.

Mesa, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 491,194
Median Age: 35.9
Married households: 10.0%
Households with kids: 31.7%
More on Mesa: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Mesa is a city in Maricopa County, in the U.S. state of Arizona. It is a suburb located about 20 miles 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.

Review Of Mesa by HomeSnacks User

The crime rate in my neighborhood is low. The schools are great. And there are plenty to do. There's a water park, laser tag, movies, bowling, and an arcade, not to mention libraries and parks.

Water parks and swimming pools are a great way to keep cool.

Sierra Vista, AZ

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 43,550
Median Age: 35.3
Married households: 6.0%
Households with kids: 32.9%
More on Sierra Vista: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Sierra Vista is a city in Cochise County, Arizona, United States. As of the 2010 census the population of the city was 43,888. The city is part of the Sierra Vista-Douglas Metropolitan Area, with a 2010 population of 131,346. Fort Huachuca, a U.S. Army post, is located in the northwest part of the city.

Review Of Sierra Vista by HomeSnacks User

Education s***s as of now for children, way too many drugs in the town, just an overall non-friendly environment.

Bad public education, people

Oro Valley, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 43,815
Median Age: 53.1
Married households: 6.0%
Households with kids: 20.6%
More on Oro Valley: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Oro Valley, incorporated in 1974, is a suburban town located 6 miles north of Tucson, Arizona, United States in Pima County. According to the 2010 census, the population of the town is 41,011, an increase from 29,700 in 2000 census. Dubbed the "Upscale Tech Mecca" of Southern Arizona by the Arizona Daily Star newspaper, Oro Valley is home to over 10 high tech firms and has a median household income nearly 50% higher than the U.S. median. The town is located approximately 110 miles southeast of the state capital of Phoenix.

Glendale, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 245,514
Median Age: 34.2
Married households: 9.0%
Households with kids: 36.0%
More on Glendale: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Glendale is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, located about nine miles northwest from Downtown Phoenix. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 226,721.

Review Of Glendale by HomeSnacks User

We looked all around the Phoenix area before selecting Glendale. Close proximity to medical help was a must, as was easy access to shopping, entertainment and outdoor activities. Although we no longer have children in school, good schools were also a priority. To our surprise the church we were interested in, happens to almost be across the street. Having the feeling of space and being near the mountains was important to us as well, during our search. Our neighbors are wonderful and we have a lovely mountain view from our back patio. A quick drive/walk gets one to hiking and other outdoor activities. At this time, it does not feel as congested as other parts of the Phoenix area. City water was also a priority as some of the builders we looked at are subsidizing water costs. Later on that could become an expensive proposition. When asked what is not to like, I am still thinking about it and haven't come up with anything.

Our neighborhood nests up to a mountain and there is this wonderful feeling of openness. Homes and subdivisions around us are all well maintained and attractive. It seems all around there are beautiful views in every direction. On the downside, traffic here is crazy near the 101 access. At first we thought all of the wild, fast and rude drivers were in some of the more well to do areas, where we had vacationed, but it turns out they are out in force everywhere. At least AZ has tried to plan ahead for roads/routes to try to handle the traffic. Some of the large cities in the Midwest pale in comparison on that issue.

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 2014-2018 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. You can download the data here.

Read on to see why Tempe is the talk of the town while Camp Verde is probably a bit on the boring side.

There You Have It - The Best Cities for Singles in arizona for 2020

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:

  1. Camp Verde
  2. Show Low
  3. Payson

For more Arizona reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Arizona

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Tempe, AZ 183,652 28.9
2 Tucson, AZ 539,216 33.4
3 Flagstaff, AZ 71,202 25.2
4 Phoenix, AZ 1,610,071 33.5
5 Scottsdale, AZ 246,026 47.0
6 Chandler, AZ 248,631 35.6
7 Mesa, AZ 491,194 35.9
8 Sierra Vista, AZ 43,550 35.3
9 Oro Valley, AZ 43,815 53.1
10 Glendale, AZ 245,514 34.2
11 El Mirage, AZ 35,004 30.1
12 Somerton, AZ 15,932 28.2
13 Prescott, AZ 42,068 56.8
14 Apache Junction, AZ 39,674 52.4
15 Fountain Hills, AZ 24,490 58.8
16 Avondale, AZ 83,392 31.3
17 Paradise Valley, AZ 14,215 53.5
18 Yuma, AZ 95,573 31.9
19 Kingman, AZ 29,244 41.6
20 Maricopa, AZ 47,314 35.3
21 Gilbert, AZ 237,484 33.9
22 Sedona, AZ 10,315 59.4
23 Surprise, AZ 132,904 41.2
24 Florence, AZ 26,350 38.8
25 San Luis, AZ 32,279 28.6
26 Cottonwood, AZ 11,826 44.6
27 Prescott Valley, AZ 43,198 46.6
28 Queen Creek, AZ 36,053 34.1
29 Nogales, AZ 20,288 34.7
30 Peoria, AZ 164,572 39.5
31 Coolidge, AZ 12,503 33.0
32 Douglas, AZ 16,453 32.5
33 Casa Grande, AZ 54,316 36.6
34 Eloy, AZ 18,083 35.2
35 Goodyear, AZ 77,476 38.2
36 Sahuarita, AZ 28,949 36.9
37 Marana, AZ 43,606 39.0
38 Chino Valley, AZ 11,376 51.1
39 Payson, AZ 15,439 58.8
40 Show Low, AZ 11,014 39.4
41 Camp Verde, AZ 11,169 42.7

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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