These Are The 10 Best Cities For Singles In California For 2018


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.

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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. Try not to jump in the car with a dozen roses:

  1. Santa Cruz (Photos)
  2. Davis
  3. Berkeley (Photos)
  4. Hermosa Beach (Photos)
  5. Emeryville (Photos)
  6. Los Angeles (Photos)
  7. Long Beach (Photos)
  8. San Francisco (Photos)
  9. Imperial Beach (Photos)
  10. Hawthorne

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.

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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 2011-2015 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 361 cities.

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

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1. Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, Ca

Population: 63,310
Median Age: 28.9
Married households: 32.2%
Households with kids: 20.7%
Santa Cruz (/sænt kruz/, Spanish: Holy Cross) 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.

2. Davis

Davis, Ca

Source: Public domain

Population: 66,886
Median Age: 25.6
Married households: 39.8%
Households with kids: 25.1%
Davis formerly Davisville[better source needed] 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 (not including students’ families) in 2016. The city is a suburb of California’s capital, Sacramento.

3. Berkeley

Berkeley, Ca

Population: 118,585
Median Age: 31.4
Married households: 33.8%
Households with kids: 19.1%
Berkeley (/brkli/ BURK-lee) 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.

4. Hermosa Beach

Hermosa Beach, Ca

Population: 19,726
Median Age: 38.3
Married households: 37.8%
Households with kids: 21.4%
Hermosa Beach is a beachfront city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. Its population was 19,506 at the 2010 census.

5. Emeryville

Emeryville, Ca

Population: 11,111
Median Age: 35.5
Married households: 23.0%
Households with kids: 12.4%
Emeryville is a small city located in northwest Alameda County, California, in the United States. It is located in a corridor between the cities of Berkeley and Oakland, extending to the shore of San Francisco Bay. Its proximity to San Francisco, the Bay Bridge, the University of California, Berkeley, and Silicon Valley has been a catalyst for recent economic growth.

6. Los Angeles

Los Angeles, Ca

Population: 3,918,872
Median Age: 35.0
Married households: 38.2%
Households with kids: 31.0%
Los Angeles (/ls ændls/ ( listen); Spanish for ‘The Angels’; Spanish pronunciation: [los axeles]), officially the City of Los Angeles and often known by its initials L.A., is the cultural, financial, and commercial center of Southern California. With a U.S. Census-estimated 2016 population of 3,976,322, it is the second most populous city in the United States (after New York City) and the most populous city in the state of California. Located in a large coastal basin surrounded on three sides by mountains reaching up to and over 10,000 feet (3,000 m), Los Angeles covers an area of about 469 square miles (1,210 km2). The city is also the seat of Los Angeles County, the most populated county in the country. Los Angeles is the center of the Los Angeles metropolitan area, with 13,131,431 residents, and is part of the larger designated Los Angeles-Long Beach combined statistical area (CSA), the second most populous in the nation with a 2015 estimated population of 18.7 million.

7. Long Beach

Long Beach, Ca

Population: 469,793
Median Age: 34.2
Married households: 37.9%
Households with kids: 33.7%
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.

8. San Francisco

San Francisco, Ca

Population: 850,282
Median Age: 38.4
Married households: 34.7%
Households with kids: 18.5%

9. Imperial Beach

Imperial Beach, Ca

Population: 27,180
Median Age: 31.8
Married households: 40.6%
Households with kids: 36.2%

10. Hawthorne

Hawthorne, Ca

Population: 86,938
Median Age: 32.4
Married households: 36.5%
Households with kids: 40.3%
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

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. Danville
  3. Calabasas

For more California reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In California

City Rank Population Median Age
Santa Cruz 1 63,310 28.9
Davis 2 66,886 25.6
Berkeley 3 118,585 31.4
Hermosa Beach 4 19,726 38.3
Emeryville 5 11,111 35.5
Los Angeles 6 3,918,872 35.0
Long Beach 7 469,793 34.2
San Francisco 8 850,282 38.4
Imperial Beach 9 27,180 31.8
Hawthorne 10 86,938 32.4
Santa Monica 11 92,247 40.5
San Diego 12 1,374,812 34.2
Santa Barbara 13 90,922 37.8
Chico 14 89,377 29.8
San Pablo 15 29,991 33.4
Oakland 16 412,040 36.2
Costa Mesa 17 112,439 34.5
Grover Beach 18 13,484 37.9
San Luis Obispo 19 46,716 26.1
Redondo Beach 20 67,664 40.7
Signal Hill 21 11,404 33.2
Pasadena 22 140,268 37.7
South El Monte 23 20,566 34.2
El Cajon 24 102,894 34.1
Paramount 25 54,941 30.7
Sacramento 26 484,530 34.2
San Bruno 27 42,736 39.2
Lemon Grove 28 26,421 37.0
East Palo Alto 29 29,353 29.2
Maywood 30 27,672 29.2
Fresno 31 513,807 30.2
Huntington Beach 32 198,724 41.4
Oroville 33 18,884 33.2
Merced 34 81,461 29.4
Goleta 35 30,671 37.3
West Hollywood 36 35,661 39.4
Stanton 37 38,594 34.4
Vista 38 98,560 32.9
Salinas 39 155,889 30.1
La Mesa 40 59,125 36.6
Tustin 41 79,396 34.2
Capitola 42 10,109 42.6
Bell Gardens 43 42,805 27.8
Huntington Park 44 58,921 30.0
Arcata 45 17,775 24.8
Cudahy 46 24,106 27.4
San Bernardino 47 214,581 28.9
Port Hueneme 48 22,126 32.0
Alhambra 49 84,866 41.0
Pomona 50 151,807 31.0
Oceanside 51 173,829 36.8
El Monte 52 115,665 35.4
San Rafael 53 58,948 41.9
Campbell 54 40,788 38.6
South Gate 55 95,219 31.2
Atwater 56 28,906 30.3
San Mateo 57 102,224 38.9
Fullerton 58 139,491 34.6
Inglewood 59 111,012 34.0
Anderson 60 10,156 34.8
Modesto 61 208,512 35.3
Marina 62 20,816 36.9
Eureka 63 27,002 36.9
Montebello 64 63,416 37.3
Riverside 65 318,678 31.4
Montclair 66 38,294 32.4
Rohnert Park 67 41,928 33.6
Santa Ana 68 333,605 30.5
Stockton 69 301,443 31.8
Mountain View 70 78,827 35.0
Marysville 71 12,176 30.7
El Centro 72 43,699 32.9
San Buenaventura (Ventura) 73 109,067 38.9
South San Francisco 74 66,587 38.8
South Pasadena 75 25,936 39.9
Citrus Heights 76 85,954 37.7
San Leandro 77 89,039 40.8
Anaheim 78 346,776 33.7
Lemoore 79 25,169 27.6
Orange 80 139,919 35.1
Santa Clara 81 122,725 34.1
Watsonville 82 52,915 29.7
Bellflower 83 77,687 33.3
Compton 84 97,740 29.8
Norwalk 85 106,360 34.9
Oxnard 86 204,752 31.4
Lomita 87 20,652 40.4
Porterville 88 58,472 29.1
Alameda 89 77,409 40.8
Exeter 90 10,504 31.6
Ceres 91 47,231 30.3
Westminster 92 91,635 41.0
Concord 93 126,938 37.7
Monterey 94 28,472 37.2
Lynwood 95 71,233 28.9
Selma 96 24,228 30.7
Garden Grove 97 174,676 37.4
Hanford 98 54,912 31.9
Lancaster 99 159,651 31.8
Santa Maria 100 103,642 29.4

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