Best Cities For Singles In Maryland For 2020

We used science and data to determine which cities in Maryland 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 Maryland.

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Are you trying to find love in Maryland?

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 Maryland, there's a pretty good chance there are a lot of singles in your area. The Old Line 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 Maryland? We've got the answers here.

These are the best cities for singles in Maryland for 2020:

  1. College Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Hyattsville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Greenbelt (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Laurel (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Gaithersburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Annapolis (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Baltimore (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Takoma Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. New Carrollton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Frederick (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So, what was the best city for singles in Maryland? College Park ranks as the best place for singles in Maryland 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 maryland? That would be Cambridge.

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 maryland or the safest places to live in maryland.

For more Maryland reading, check out:

The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Maryland For 2020

College Park, MD

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Population: 32,183
Median Age: 21.6
Married households: 2.0%
Households with kids: 19.0%
More on College Park: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

The City of College Park is in Prince George's County, Maryland. The population was 30,413 at the 2010 United States Census. It is best known as the home of the University of Maryland, College Park, and since 1994 the city has also been home to the "Archives II" facility of the U.S. National Archives, as well as to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Center for Weather and Climate Prediction.

Hyattsville, MD

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Population: 18,209
Median Age: 34.4
Married households: 3.0%
Households with kids: 34.1%
More on Hyattsville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Hyattsville is a city in Prince George's County, Maryland, and also a close, urban suburb of Washington, D.C. The population was 17,557 at the 2010 United States Census.

Review Of Hyattsville by HomeSnacks User

As a resident of Hyattsville for over a decade, I'm prone to say that your factfinders don't know what they are talking about.

Silver Spring and College Park are continuously within walking distance and, in contrast to Baltimore, everybody gets along here.

Greenbelt, MD

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Population: 23,203
Median Age: 33.8
Married households: 4.0%
Households with kids: 32.0%
More on Greenbelt: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Greenbelt is a city in Prince George's County, Maryland, United States. Contained within today's City of Greenbelt is the historic planned community now known locally as "Old Greenbelt" and designated as the Greenbelt Historic District. Greenbelt's population was 23,068 at the 2010 U.S. Census.

Laurel, MD

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Population: 25,834
Median Age: 35.0
Married households: 6.0%
Households with kids: 30.6%
More on Laurel: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Laurel is a city in northern Prince George's County, Maryland, in the United States, located almost midway between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore on the banks of the Patuxent River. Founded as a mill town in the early 19th century, the arrival of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in 1835 expanded local industry and later enabled the city to become an early commuter town for Washington and Baltimore workers. Largely residential today, the city maintains a historic district centered on its Main Street, highlighting its industrial past.

Gaithersburg, MD

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Population: 67,529
Median Age: 35.8
Married households: 4.0%
Households with kids: 35.6%
More on Gaithersburg: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Gaithersburg ), officially the City of Gaithersburg, is a city in Montgomery County, Maryland. At the time of the 2010 U.S. Census, Gaithersburg had a population of 59,933, making it the fourth largest incorporated city in the state, behind Baltimore, Frederick, and Rockville. Gaithersburg is located to the northwest of Washington, D.C., and is considered a suburb and a primary city within the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area. Gaithersburg was incorporated as a town in 1878 and as a city in 1968.

Annapolis, MD

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Population: 39,147
Median Age: 36.7
Married households: 12.0%
Households with kids: 27.8%
More on Annapolis: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Annapolis is the capital of the U.S. state of Maryland, as well as the county seat of Anne Arundel County. Situated on the Chesapeake Bay at the mouth of the Severn River, 25 miles south of Baltimore and about 30 miles east of Washington, D.C., Annapolis is part of the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. Its population was measured at 38,394 by the 2010 census.

Review Of Annapolis by HomeSnacks User

Annapolis is the capital of Maryland and a very nice place to visit. The attractions, dining, nearby Naval Academy, and numerous parks and overlooks are a nice for a family.

The small independent shops and restaurants are all fantastic. And the local seafood is a real treat.

Baltimore, MD

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Population: 614,700
Median Age: 35.1
Married households: 13.0%
Households with kids: 25.5%
More on Baltimore: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Baltimore is the largest city in the U.S. state of Maryland, and the 30th-most populous city in the United States.

Review Of Baltimore by HomeSnacks User

The crime is very bad in this city. I love the culture and my neighbors but the extremely high crime rate is making me seriously consider on moving out.

The violence and the robbery. The restaurants in the city are amazing though.

Takoma Park, MD

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Population: 17,622
Median Age: 38.6
Married households: 4.0%
Households with kids: 37.2%
More on Takoma Park: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Takoma Park is a city in Montgomery County, Maryland. It is a suburb of Washington, D.C., and part of the Washington metropolitan area. Founded in 1883 and incorporated in 1890, Takoma Park, informally called "Azalea City", is a Tree City USA and a nuclear-free zone. A planned commuter suburb, it is situated along the Metropolitan Branch of the historic Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, just northeast of Washington, D.C., and it borders the neighborhood of Takoma, Washington, D.C. It is governed by an elected mayor and six elected councilmembers, who form the city council, and an appointed city manager, under a council-manager style of government. The city's population was 16,715 at the 2010 national census.

New Carrollton, MD

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Population: 12,932
Median Age: 35.7
Married households: 2.0%
Households with kids: 36.4%
More on New Carrollton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

New Carrollton is a city located in central Prince George's County, Maryland, in the United States. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the population was 12,135. New Carrollton is located 12 miles east of central Washington, D.C.

Frederick, MD

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Population: 70,166
Median Age: 35.3
Married households: 12.0%
Households with kids: 33.4%
More on Frederick: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Frederick is a city and the county seat of Frederick County in the U.S. state of Maryland. It is part of the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area. Frederick has long been an important crossroads, located at the intersection of a major north-south Indian trail, and east-west routes to the Chesapeake Bay, both at Baltimore and what became Washington, D.C. and across the Appalachian mountains to the Ohio River watershed. It is a part of the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is part of a greater Washington-Baltimore-Arlington, DC-MD-VA-WV-PA Combined Statistical Area. The city's population was 65,239 people at the 2010 United States Census, making it the second-largest incorporated city in Maryland, behind Baltimore. Frederick is home to Frederick Municipal Airport, which primarily accommodates general aviation traffic, and to the county's largest employer U.S. Army's Fort Detrick bioscience/communications research installation.

Review Of Frederick by HomeSnacks User

Frederick, Maryland is an absolutely great town. It is geographically located so you can be in the mountains in about 20 minutes, the big cities of DC or Baltimore in 45 minutes, and even the beach in less than two hours. It is located in the mid atlantic so you get to experience all four seasons. The downtown area is fabulous, schools are good, and there are plenty of job opportunities. Frederick is a great place to raise a family!

Downtown Frederick is the crown jewel of this small city. It is a fantastic historic district that is beautiful and safe. There is great night life, a couple of small museums, and a ton of cool shops. Absolutely worth a visit.

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

To give you the places in maryland 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 Old Line 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 maryland, 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 12,000 people. For maryland, that meant a total of 21 cities. You can download the data here.

Read on to see why College Park is the talk of the town while Cambridge is probably a bit on the boring side.

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

If you're looking for a breakdown of cities in maryland 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 maryland according to the data:

  1. Cambridge
  2. Easton
  3. Havre de Grace

For more Maryland reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Maryland

Rank City Population Median Age
1 College Park, MD 32,183 21.6
2 Hyattsville, MD 18,209 34.4
3 Greenbelt, MD 23,203 33.8
4 Laurel, MD 25,834 35.0
5 Gaithersburg, MD 67,529 35.8
6 Annapolis, MD 39,147 36.7
7 Baltimore, MD 614,700 35.1
8 Takoma Park, MD 17,622 38.6
9 New Carrollton, MD 12,932 35.7
10 Frederick, MD 70,166 35.3
11 Westminster, MD 18,553 34.0
12 Rockville, MD 67,062 38.3
13 Salisbury, MD 32,536 28.4
14 Hagerstown, MD 40,186 34.6
15 Elkton, MD 15,675 34.6
16 Bowie, MD 58,368 42.6
17 Aberdeen, MD 15,701 40.3
18 Cumberland, MD 19,845 39.4
19 Havre De Grace, MD 13,555 43.5
20 Easton, MD 16,551 40.6
21 Cambridge, MD 12,401 37.9

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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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