Best Cities For Singles In Massachusetts For 2020

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

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Are you trying to find love in Massachusetts?

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

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

  1. Somerville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Cambridge (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Boston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Waltham (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Lawrence (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Worcester (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Lowell (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Chelsea (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Lynn (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Everett (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So, what was the best city for singles in Massachusetts? Somerville ranks as the best place for singles in Massachusetts 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 massachusetts? That would be Leominster.

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 massachusetts or the safest places to live in massachusetts.

For more Massachusetts reading, check out:

The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Massachusetts For 2020

Somerville, MA

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Population: 80,434
Median Age: 31.2
Married households: 9.0%
Households with kids: 17.0%
More on Somerville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Somerville is a city located directly to the northwest of Boston, in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. As of 2010, the United States Census lists the city with a total population of 75,754 people, making it the most densely populated municipality in New England. As of 2010, it was the 16th most densely populated incorporated municipality in the country. Somerville was established as a town in 1842, when it was separated from Charlestown. In 2006, the town was named the best-run city in Massachusetts by the Boston Globe. In 1972, in 2009, and again in 2015, the city received the All-America City Award.

Cambridge, MA

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Population: 115,665
Median Age: 30.4
Married households: 6.0%
Households with kids: 18.8%
More on Cambridge: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Cambridge is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, and part of the Boston metropolitan area.

Review Of Cambridge by HomeSnacks User

Crime is low, I believe. The school system is exceptional and unique with the "controlled choice" policies that foster diversity. Lots of quirky and trendy places to eat and hangout.

Lots of young adults because of all the colleges. Also the style is very historic with all the brick.

Boston, MA

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Population: 679,413
Median Age: 32.0
Married households: 8.0%
Households with kids: 22.4%
More on Boston: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Boston BOSS-tn) is the capital city and most populous municipality of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States. It is also the seat of Suffolk County, although the county government was disbanded on July 1, 1999. The city proper covers 48 square miles with an estimated population of 673,184 in 2016, making it the largest city in the New England region of the northeastern United States. The city is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area known as Greater Boston, a metropolitan statistical area home to a census-estimated 4.8million people in 2016 and ranking as the tenth-largest such area in the country. As a combined statistical area, this wider commuting region is home to some 8.2million people, making it the sixth-largest in the United States.

Review Of Boston by HomeSnacks User

I lived in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston for over 20 years. It was overall a very good experience. It was convenient to downtown Boston where I worked by using public transportation. My neighbors were friendly and the street I lived on was very safe.

I liked the diverse restaurants in the area, from Italian to Vietnamese and everything in between. Also I liked living near so many colleges and universities. It was fun to be around young idealistic students, thirsty for knowledge. I am very pro education and like the college atmosphere. In addition, being in Boston is great for medical purposes. Excellent health care is available nearby. Other people travel from far away to come to the hospitals in Boston.

Waltham, MA

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Population: 62,979
Median Age: 33.9
Married households: 16.0%
Households with kids: 21.6%
More on Waltham: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Waltham is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States, and was an early center for the labor movement as well as a major contributor to the American Industrial Revolution. The original home of the Boston Manufacturing Company, the city was a prototype for 19th century industrial city planning, spawning what became known as the Waltham-Lowell system of labor and production. The city is now a center for research and higher education, home to Brandeis University and Bentley University. The population was 60,636 at the census in 2010.

Review Of Waltham by HomeSnacks User

Close to everything, new high school being built

Location, ease of commute, excellent restaurants, very diverse, close to everything.

Lawrence, MA

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Population: 79,841
Median Age: 31.5
Married households: 6.0%
Households with kids: 43.1%
More on Lawrence: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Lawrence is a city in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States, on the Merrimack River. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 76,377, which had risen to an estimated 78,197 as of 2014. Surrounding communities include Methuen to the north, Andover to the southwest, and North Andover to the southeast. Lawrence and Salem are the county seats of Essex County. Lawrence is part of the Merrimack Valley.

Worcester, MA

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Population: 185,195
Median Age: 34.4
Married households: 14.0%
Households with kids: 26.6%
More on Worcester: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Worcester pronunciation is a city and the county seat of Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. Named after Worcester, England, as of the 2010 Census the city's population was 181,045, making it the second most populous city in New England after Boston. Worcester is located approximately 40 miles west of Boston, 50 miles east of Springfield and 40 miles north of Providence. Due to its location in Central Massachusetts, Worcester is known as the "Heart of the Commonwealth", thus, a heart is the official symbol of the city. However, the heart symbol may also have its provenance in lore that the mass-produced Valentine's Day card was invented in the city.

Review Of Worcester by HomeSnacks User

Depending on where you live in Worcester, there's not a lot of crime. Compared to other cities bigger or the same size as Worcester, the murder rate is pretty low based on published data. As any other city that is surrounded by a major city, Worcester is pretty much swallowed up by Boston. To have a great time out, one needs to step out of Worcester. Most of the schools in worcester are bad with a couple good ones in the best areas of Worcester.

Rent and housing prices are not too high compared to Boston and Cambridge.

Lowell, MA

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Population: 111,249
Median Age: 33.2
Married households: 15.0%
Households with kids: 32.6%
More on Lowell: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Lowell is a city in the U.S. Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Located in Middlesex County, Lowell was a county seat until Massachusetts disbanded county government in 1999. With an estimated population of 109,945 in 2014, it is the fourth-largest city in Massachusetts, and the second-largest in the Boston metropolitan statistical area. The city is also part of a smaller Massachusetts statistical area called Greater Lowell, as well as New England's Merrimack Valley region.

Chelsea, MA

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Population: 39,852
Median Age: 33.2
Married households: 6.0%
Households with kids: 38.9%
More on Chelsea: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Chelsea is a city in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States, directly across the Mystic River from the city of Boston. As of 2013, Chelsea had an estimated population of 36,828. It is also the second most densely populated city in Massachusetts behind Somerville. With a total area of just 2.21 square miles, Chelsea is the smallest city in Massachusetts in terms of total area.

Lynn, MA

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Population: 93,617
Median Age: 34.4
Married households: 13.0%
Households with kids: 36.2%
More on Lynn: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Lynn is the 9th largest municipality in Massachusetts and the largest city in Essex County. Situated on the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 10 miles north of downtown Boston, Lynn is part of Greater Boston's urban inner core. An early colonial settlement and industrial center, Lynn was long colloquially referred to as the "City of Sin," owing to its historic reputation for crime and vice. Today, however, the city is known for its large international population, historic architecture, downtown cultural district, loft-style apartments, and public parks and open spaces, which include the oceanfront Lynn Shore Reservation; the 2,200-acre, Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Lynn Woods Reservation; and the High Rock Tower Reservation. The city also is home to the southernmost portion of the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway, Lynn Heritage State Park, and the National Register-listed Diamond Historic District.

Everett, MA

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Population: 45,856
Median Age: 34.2
Married households: 11.0%
Households with kids: 38.9%
More on Everett: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Everett is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States, 4 miles north of Boston. The population was 41,668 at the time of the 2010 United States Census.

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

To give you the places in massachusetts 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 Bay 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 massachusetts, 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 13,000 people. For massachusetts, that meant a total of 39 cities. You can download the data here.

Read on to see why Somerville is the talk of the town while Leominster is probably a bit on the boring side.

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

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

  1. Leominster
  2. Newburyport
  3. Pittsfield

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Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Massachusetts

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Somerville, MA 80,434 31.2
2 Cambridge, MA 115,665 30.4
3 Boston, MA 679,413 32.0
4 Waltham, MA 62,979 33.9
5 Lawrence, MA 79,841 31.5
6 Worcester, MA 185,195 34.4
7 Lowell, MA 111,249 33.2
8 Chelsea, MA 39,852 33.2
9 Lynn, MA 93,617 34.4
10 Everett, MA 45,856 34.2
11 Malden, MA 61,094 35.3
12 Revere, MA 53,966 39.8
13 Quincy, MA 94,121 39.4
14 Medford, MA 57,771 35.9
15 Springfield, MA 154,596 33.0
16 Holyoke, MA 40,376 34.9
17 Salem, MA 43,302 36.3
18 Fitchburg, MA 40,737 35.7
19 Woburn, MA 40,298 40.6
20 New Bedford, MA 95,117 37.4
21 Fall River, MA 89,339 39.5
22 Chicopee, MA 55,661 40.2
23 Brockton, MA 95,426 35.6
24 Melrose, MA 28,116 39.6
25 Haverhill, MA 63,280 37.5
26 Westfield, MA 41,599 39.1
27 Northampton, MA 28,568 39.2
28 North Adams, MA 13,089 43.5
29 Attleboro, MA 44,548 40.9
30 Newton, MA 88,660 41.1
31 Beverly, MA 41,731 42.0
32 Peabody, MA 52,865 45.5
33 Gloucester, MA 30,049 50.1
34 Gardner, MA 20,555 40.9
35 Marlborough, MA 39,776 40.2
36 Taunton, MA 56,963 39.4
37 Pittsfield, MA 43,058 43.7
38 Newburyport, MA 17,990 49.0
39 Leominster, MA 41,579 40.3

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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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