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

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 . This is our second 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 2019. Try not to jump in the car with a dozen roses:

  1. Somerville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Cambridge (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Boston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Chelsea (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Worcester (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Lowell (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Lawrence (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Waltham (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Lynn (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Revere (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 Massachusetts? That would be Newton.

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.

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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 2013-2017 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.

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

Somerville, MA

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Population: 79,983
Median Age: 31.5
Married households: 30.6%
Households with kids: 15.6%
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: 110,893
Median Age: 30.4
Married households: 32.4%
Households with kids: 18.1%
More on Cambridge: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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

Boston, MA

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Population: 669,158
Median Age: 32.0
Married households: 27.5%
Households with kids: 20.4%
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

Boston is an exciting city with an endless supply of fun and interesting activities. I have felt very safe exploring the many historic sites and tourist attractions in the city. I enjoy taking the Charlestown commute ferry to the aquarium area with my children, who love the quick boat ride to get to this part of town.

The North End is full of small restaurants to grab a delicious meal. Walking around the Gardens, visiting the Frog Pond, riding the carousel, and relaxing on the swan boats is always a hit with my children.

Chelsea, MA

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Population: 39,272
Median Age: 33.2
Married households: 31.0%
Households with kids: 36.4%
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.

Review Of Chelsea by Sarai Rojano

I live in Chelsea all my life and it’s very calm you don’t know just cause you search up in google dont mean it’s true Chelsea has grown so much and I disagree

Worcester, MA

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Population: 184,743
Median Age: 34.2
Married households: 33.3%
Households with kids: 23.9%
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: 110,964
Median Age: 33.3
Married households: 34.7%
Households with kids: 29.1%
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.

Lawrence, MA

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Population: 79,497
Median Age: 31.4
Married households: 31.3%
Households with kids: 36.0%
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.

Review Of Lawrence by Im Back

I’ve lived in Lawrence since 1989 and by no means do I feel unsafe or too scare to walk anywhere. I am a father and a husband. Own my own house and well aducated. Yes a few diplomas and a well paying job.

I can honestly say that Lawrence is not the best city but the way people talk about Lawrence makes me sick. Every day I wake up and tune in to local news. Doesn’t matter what channel I have on, there’s always a minimum of 2 to 3 shooting or stabbings in Boston. In most cases there are a few killed, LIKE EVERY DAY!!!!

In Lawrence on the other hand we might hear of a murder maybe once every 2 months or 3.

Yes I know that welfare is off the chart and this certainly needs to be addressed. But over all Lawrence IS NOT AS BAD AS PEOPLE PAINT IT…. if so I would not have lived here for 28 years. And by no means would I raise my kids in this city.

My kids attend one of the highest ranked schools in the state and is by far one of the best in education and nurturing kids for a bright future.

Waltham, MA

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Population: 62,832
Median Age: 34.2
Married households: 41.8%
Households with kids: 20.2%
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.

Lynn, MA

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Population: 93,069
Median Age: 34.5
Married households: 36.7%
Households with kids: 32.7%
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.

Revere, MA

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Population: 53,864
Median Age: 39.0
Married households: 39.3%
Households with kids: 25.9%
More on Revere: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Revere is a city in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States, located approximately 5 miles from downtown Boston. It is named after the American Revolutionary War patriot Paul Revere. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city has a population of 51,755 inhabitants.

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

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. Newton
  2. Leominster
  3. Marlborough

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Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Massachusetts

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Somerville, MA 79,983 31.5
2 Cambridge, MA 110,893 30.4
3 Boston, MA 669,158 32.0
4 Chelsea, MA 39,272 33.2
5 Worcester, MA 184,743 34.2
6 Lowell, MA 110,964 33.3
7 Lawrence, MA 79,497 31.4
8 Waltham, MA 62,832 34.2
9 Lynn, MA 93,069 34.5
10 Revere, MA 53,864 39.0
11 Quincy, MA 93,824 39.3
12 Medford, MA 57,700 35.8
13 Holyoke, MA 40,362 35.2
14 Springfield, MA 154,613 32.9
15 Salem, MA 43,146 36.2
16 Chicopee, MA 55,778 39.6
17 Everett, MA 45,212 35.1
18 New Bedford, MA 95,125 37.5
19 Malden, MA 61,212 35.3
20 Woburn, MA 39,500 40.4
21 Fitchburg, MA 40,666 35.4
22 Gardner, MA 20,496 40.6
23 Fall River, MA 89,258 39.4
24 Brockton, MA 95,161 35.5
25 Westfield, MA 41,667 38.0
26 Haverhill, MA 62,943 38.2
27 North Adams, MA 13,211 43.1
28 Peabody, MA 52,610 44.3
29 Pittsfield, MA 43,289 43.5
30 Northampton, MA 28,548 39.4
31 Beverly, MA 41,431 40.9
32 Melrose, MA 28,132 40.5
33 Gloucester, MA 29,858 49.0
34 Taunton, MA 56,826 40.2
35 Attleboro, MA 44,326 40.3
36 Newburyport, MA 17,890 49.0
37 Marlborough, MA 39,771 39.5
38 Leominster, MA 41,446 40.2
39 Newton, MA 88,479 40.9

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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