These Are The 10 Best Cities For Singles In California For 2019

We used science and data to determine which cities in California 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 . This is our second time ranking the best cities for singles in California.

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Are you trying to find love in California?

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 California, there’s a pretty good chance there are a lot of singles in your area. The Golden 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 California? We’ve got the answers here.

These are the best cities for singles in California for 2019. Try not to jump in the car with a dozen roses:

  1. Santa Cruz (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Berkeley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Los Angeles (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Long Beach (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. San Francisco (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Davis (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. San Luis Obispo (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Santa Barbara (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. San Pablo (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Hawthorne (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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 California? That would be Lafayette.

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 California or the safest places to live in California.

For more California reading, check out:

How do you determine which city is best for singles in California anyways?

To give you the places in California 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 Golden State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the 2013-2017 American Community Survey Census data produced for the state of California, 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 California, that meant a total of 360 cities.

Read on to see why Santa Cruz is the talk of the town while Lafayette is probably a bit on the boring side.

Santa Cruz, CA

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Population: 63,993
Median Age: 29.3
Married households: 33.2%
Households with kids: 18.2%
More on Santa Cruz: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Santa Cruz is the county seat and largest city of Santa Cruz County, California. As of 2013 the U.S. Census Bureau estimated Santa Cruz’s population at 62,864.

Review Of Santa Cruz by HomeSnacks User

Santa Cruz is one of my favorite places on the planet. It has a laid-back, surfer, hippie feel to it. While I would recommend holding on to one’s purse in the downtown area, the overall feel of Santa Cruz is one of chic cafes, interesting shops, artsy souvenirs, street musicians, bookstores, etc.

One of my favorite places includes Miramar’s on the wharf. I love the restaurant’s glass wall that allows me to watch surfers, sea lions and sailboats while I indulge in clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl.

I especially love being in Santa Cruz for the Woodies on the Wharf parade. The classic cars are a beautiful sight against the sun, the sand and the surf.

Berkeley, CA

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 120,179
Median Age: 31.0
Married households: 34.9%
Households with kids: 18.6%
More on Berkeley: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Berkeley is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in northern Alameda County, California. It is named after the 18th-century Anglo-Irish bishop and philosopher George Berkeley. It borders the cities of Oakland and Emeryville to the south and the city of Albany and the unincorporated community of Kensington to the north. Its eastern border with Contra Costa County generally follows the ridge of the Berkeley Hills. The 2010 census recorded a population of 112,580.

Los Angeles, CA

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 3,949,776
Median Age: 35.2
Married households: 38.4%
Households with kids: 26.3%
More on Los Angeles: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Review Of Los Angeles by HomeSnacks User

The city is terribly dirty and there are homeless people everywhere.

The bugs. At night, it’s best to not watch the ground. If you do you will be greeted by hundreds of large insects.

Long Beach, CA

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 470,489
Median Age: 34.3
Married households: 38.4%
Households with kids: 28.6%
More on Long Beach: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Long Beach is a city on the Pacific Coast of the United States, within the Greater Los Angeles area of Southern California. As of 2010, its population was 462,257. It is the 36th most populous city in the United States and the 7th most populous in California. Long Beach is the second largest city in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, and the third largest in Southern California behind Los Angeles and San Diego.

Review Of Long Beach by HomeSnacks User

I moved to Long Beach to attend Cal State University Long Beach. Honestly, it changed my life. I grew up in a different suburb in California, but Long Beach is so different. I wouldn’t necessarily live here for my whole life, but it was definitely worth coming here for college. I like coming back and visiting here to see my friends.

My favorite thing about Long Beach is that there are honestly always places to go to, and it’s not too far to go to other fun cities like LA. It’s not too quiet but never too loud either unless you live somewhere that is filled with college students. The weather is great, too. And of course, we’re near a few beaches, so that’s great.

San Francisco, CA

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 864,263
Median Age: 38.3
Married households: 35.3%
Households with kids: 16.6%
More on San Francisco: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Review Of San Francisco by HomeSnacks User

I live here now and I like that it has what I call “flavor”. I grew up in a small suburban very safe small town. It was ranked “Best small town to raise a family in CA” once in some random magazine. I like that San Francisco has character, lots of activities to do, and it is a beautiful city just to live in. I also live in the Inner Sunset neighborhood near the golden gate park and do not experience seeing lots of homeless people around me so thats probably why I feel favorably about how SF feels.

One of my favorite places is Lands end and golden gate park. There are always activities going on in the park and it is just really nice to be able to access such a beautiful place easily by bike. I like that there are large concerts in golden gate park, night life experiences at the museums in the park, and large open spaces for family gatherings.

Davis, CA

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Overall SnackAbility


Population: 67,500
Median Age: 25.8
Married households: 40.9%
Households with kids: 23.9%
More on Davis: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Davis formerly Davisville is a city in the U.S. state of California and the most populous city in Yolo County. It had a population of 65,622 in 2010, not including the on-campus population of the University of California, Davis, which was over 9,400 in 2016. The city is a suburb of California’s capital, Sacramento.

San Luis Obispo, CA

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Population: 46,997
Median Age: 26.5
Married households: 30.9%
Households with kids: 16.8%
More on San Luis Obispo: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. state of California, located roughly midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the Central Coast. The population was 45,119 at the 2010 census. The population of San Luis Obispo County was 269,637 in 2010.

Santa Barbara, CA

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Population: 91,443
Median Age: 37.9
Married households: 39.5%
Households with kids: 21.7%
More on Santa Barbara: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Santa Barbara is the county seat of Santa Barbara County in the U.S. state of California. Situated on a south-facing section of coastline, the longest such section on the West Coast of the United States, the city lies between the steeply rising Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Santa Barbara’s climate is often described as Mediterranean, and the city has been promoted as the “American Riviera”. As of 2014, the city had an estimated population of 91,196, up from 88,410 in 2010, making it the second most populous city in the county after Santa Maria while the contiguous urban area, which includes the cities of Goleta and Carpinteria, along with the unincorporated regions of Isla Vista, Montecito, Mission Canyon, Hope Ranch, Summerland, and others, has an approximate population of 220,000. The population of the entire county in 2010 was 423,895.

Review Of Santa Barbara by HomeSnacks User

You haven’t lived until you’ve lived in Santa Barbara. The beach is minutes from everything, people are diverse and friendly, and the food options are numerous. This is a great place to live or visit and to raise a family.

Home prices are through the roof, but that is the same all over the state. One of our favorite activities is the art walk which takes place on the beach each weekend. Locals sell goods all along the pathway, it’s a great experience to shop at.

San Pablo, CA

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Overall SnackAbility


Population: 30,720
Median Age: 33.7
Married households: 44.3%
Households with kids: 35.7%
More on San Pablo: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

San Pablo is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States. The city of Richmond surrounds nearly the whole city. The population was 29,139 at the 2010 census. The current Mayor is Cecilia Valdez. Current Council members include Paul Morris and Rich Kinney.

Hawthorne, CA

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 87,425
Median Age: 33.0
Married households: 36.1%
Households with kids: 35.4%
More on Hawthorne: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Hawthorne is a city in southwestern Los Angeles County, California, United States. The city at the 2010 census had a population of 84,293, up from 84,112 in 2000. In 2013, the population was 86,199.

There You Have It – The Best Cities for Singles in California for 2019

If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in California 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 California according to the data:

  1. Lafayette
  2. Moraga
  3. Orinda

For more California reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In California

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Santa Cruz, CA 63,993 29.3
2 Berkeley, CA 120,179 31.0
3 Los Angeles, CA 3,949,776 35.2
4 Long Beach, CA 470,489 34.3
5 San Francisco, CA 864,263 38.3
6 Davis, CA 67,500 25.8
7 San Luis Obispo, CA 46,997 26.5
8 Santa Barbara, CA 91,443 37.9
9 San Pablo, CA 30,720 33.7
10 Hawthorne, CA 87,425 33.0
11 Santa Monica, CA 92,495 40.5
12 Imperial Beach, CA 27,270 31.9
13 Signal Hill, CA 11,508 35.4
14 Hermosa Beach, CA 19,750 39.5
15 San Diego, CA 1,390,966 34.3
16 Costa Mesa, CA 112,930 34.5
17 Oakland, CA 417,442 36.4
18 Chico, CA 90,660 29.9
19 South El Monte, CA 20,712 34.3
20 East Palo Alto, CA 29,646 29.7
21 Emeryville, CA 11,524 35.3
22 Grover Beach, CA 13,524 35.5
23 Huntington Park, CA 58,993 30.2
24 Huntington Beach, CA 200,415 41.9
25 Paramount, CA 55,020 30.8
26 Sacramento, CA 489,650 34.3
27 Marysville, CA 12,225 30.2
28 Pomona, CA 152,366 31.5
29 Port Hueneme, CA 22,262 31.5
30 Ukiah, CA 15,917 34.8
31 Hawaiian Gardens, CA 14,465 30.9
32 San Bruno, CA 43,105 39.3
33 Maywood, CA 27,700 29.0
34 Inglewood, CA 111,006 34.5
35 Bell Gardens, CA 42,845 28.4
36 Redondo Beach, CA 67,950 40.2
37 El Monte, CA 115,958 35.4
38 West Hollywood, CA 36,148 39.6
39 Compton, CA 97,847 30.5
40 San Mateo, CA 103,500 38.7
41 Lemon Grove, CA 26,645 35.6
42 Merced, CA 82,008 29.2
43 La Mesa, CA 59,479 36.7
44 Fullerton, CA 139,976 35.0
45 Fresno, CA 519,037 30.5
46 El Cajon, CA 103,314 33.8
47 Pasadena, CA 141,231 37.9
48 Cudahy, CA 24,146 27.8
49 Lawndale, CA 33,191 35.0
50 Citrus Heights, CA 86,618 37.6
51 Arcata, CA 17,814 25.4
52 Salinas, CA 156,811 30.2
53 Goleta, CA 30,847 36.6
54 San Buenaventura (Ventura), CA 110,153 38.8
55 Oceanside, CA 174,811 37.5
56 Rohnert Park, CA 42,305 33.6
57 San Rafael, CA 59,180 41.3
58 Alhambra, CA 85,168 40.9
59 Bellflower, CA 77,852 34.1
60 Marina, CA 21,227 36.8
61 Oxnard, CA 206,732 31.7
62 Escondido, CA 150,783 33.4
63 Orange, CA 140,289 35.2
64 Mountain View, CA 80,076 35.0
65 Modesto, CA 210,166 35.3
66 Stanton, CA 38,648 34.5
67 Atwater, CA 29,118 30.3
68 Montebello, CA 63,468 36.8
69 South Gate, CA 95,420 31.6
70 Sanger, CA 24,883 32.8
71 Santa Ana, CA 334,493 31.0
72 Anaheim, CA 349,007 34.0
73 Stockton, CA 304,358 32.3
74 Mendota, CA 11,396 26.6
75 Riverside, CA 321,570 31.3
76 Exeter, CA 10,520 31.5
77 San Bernardino, CA 215,252 29.4
78 La Habra, CA 61,965 34.7
79 Norwalk, CA 106,404 34.9
80 Eureka, CA 27,024 37.5
81 Lemoore, CA 25,525 28.2
82 South Pasadena, CA 25,974 40.0
83 Montclair, CA 38,613 32.7
84 Downey, CA 113,358 34.6
85 South San Francisco, CA 67,120 39.1
86 El Centro, CA 43,932 32.7
87 Tustin, CA 80,007 34.6
88 Selma, CA 24,537 30.0
89 Garden Grove, CA 174,812 37.9
90 Lomita, CA 20,707 40.7
91 Santa Maria, CA 104,791 29.3
92 Oroville, CA 18,932 32.9
93 Seaside, CA 34,259 31.9
94 Vista, CA 99,496 32.8
95 Capitola, CA 10,158 42.0
96 Campbell, CA 41,164 39.1
97 Buena Park, CA 83,020 35.9
98 Commerce, CA 12,998 34.7
99 Carpinteria, CA 13,593 43.4
100 Parlier, CA 15,051 26.2

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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