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


We used science and data to determine which cities in Michigan 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 Michigan?

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

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

  1. Ypsilanti (Photos)
  2. East Lansing (Photos)
  3. Ferndale (Photos)
  4. Ann Arbor (Photos)
  5. Kalamazoo (Photos)
  6. Royal Oak (Photos)
  7. Big Rapids
  8. Grand Rapids (Photos)
  9. Mount Clemens (Photos)
  10. Inkster (Photos)

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 Michigan? That would be Beverly Hills.

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 Michigan or the safest places to live in Michigan.

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

To give you the places in Michigan 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 Wolverine 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 Michigan, 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 Michigan, that meant a total of 89 cities.

Read on to see why Ypsilanti is the talk of the town while Beverly Hills is probably a bit on the boring side.

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1. Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti, Mi

Population: 20,577
Median Age: 24.4
Married households: 19.6%
Households with kids: 17.8%
Ypsilanti (/pslænti/ ip-si-LAN-tee; often mispronounced /jpslænti/ yip-si-LAN-tee), commonly shortened to Ypsi, is a city in Washtenaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan, perhaps best known as the home of Eastern Michigan University. As of the 2017 census, the city’s population was 21,018. The city is bounded to the north by Superior Township and on the west, south, and east by Ypsilanti Township. Ypsilanti is located 6 miles (10 km) east of Ann Arbor and about 18 miles (29 km) west of the Detroit city limits.

2. East Lansing

East Lansing, Mi

Population: 48,395
Median Age: 21.3
Married households: 26.3%
Households with kids: 12.5%
East Lansing is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan directly east of Lansing, the state capital. Most of the city is within Ingham County, with the rest in Clinton County. The population was 48,579 at the 2010 census, an increase from 46,420 in 2000. It is best known as the home of Michigan State University.

3. Ferndale

Ferndale, Mi

Population: 20,167
Median Age: 34.9
Married households: 28.3%
Households with kids: 17.0%
Ferndale is a city in Oakland County of the U.S. state of Michigan. It forms part of the Detroit metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 19,900.

4. Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Mi

Source: Public domain

Population: 118,087
Median Age: 27.5
Married households: 35.5%
Households with kids: 19.8%
Ann Arbor is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Washtenaw County. The 2010 census recorded its population to be 113,934, making it the sixth largest city in Michigan.

5. Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo, Mi

Source: Public domain

Population: 75,885
Median Age: 25.8
Married households: 26.1%
Households with kids: 25.2%
Kalamazoo /kælmzu/ is a city in the southwest region of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is the county seat of Kalamazoo County. As of the 2010 census, Kalamazoo had a total population of 74,262. Kalamazoo is the major city of the Kalamazoo-Portage Metropolitan Statistical Area, which has a population of 335,340 as of 2015. Kalamazoo is equidistant from the major American cities of Chicago and Detroit, each less than 150 miles away.

6. Royal Oak

Royal Oak, Mi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 58,823
Median Age: 36.5
Married households: 37.8%
Households with kids: 18.8%
Royal Oak is a city in Oakland County of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is a suburb of Detroit. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 57,236. It is the 8th-largest municipality in Oakland County and the 27th-largest municipality in Michigan by population.

7. Big Rapids

Big Rapids, Mi

Population: 10,495
Median Age: 22.2
Married households: 22.8%
Households with kids: 23.3%
Big Rapids is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 10,601 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Mecosta County. The city is located within Big Rapids Township, but is politically independent. Big Rapids is home of the main campus of Ferris State University, a four-year public university, well known for its College of Pharmacy and the Michigan College of Optometry, as well as its NCAA Division I hockey team, the Bulldogs.

8. Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids, Mi

Population: 193,887
Median Age: 31.1
Married households: 35.0%
Households with kids: 29.2%
Grand Rapids is the second-largest city in Michigan, and the largest city in West Michigan. It is on the Grand River about 30 miles (48 km) east of Lake Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 188,040. In 2010, the Grand Rapids metropolitan area had a population of 1,005,648, and the combined statistical area of Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland had a population of 1,321,557. Grand Rapids is the county seat of Kent County.

9. Mount Clemens

Mount Clemens, Mi

Population: 16,390
Median Age: 40.9
Married households: 27.4%
Households with kids: 24.9%
Mount Clemens is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 16,314 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Macomb County.

10. Inkster

Inkster, Mi

Population: 24,738
Median Age: 34.0
Married households: 23.7%
Households with kids: 32.3%
Inkster is a city in Wayne County, Michigan, United States. At the 2010 census, the city population was 25,369. It is one of the few Metro Detroit suburbs whose population is majority African American.

There You Have It – The Best Cities for Singles in Michigan

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

  1. Beverly Hills
  2. Burton
  3. Novi

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Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Michigan

City Rank Population Median Age
Ypsilanti 1 20,577 24.4
East Lansing 2 48,395 21.3
Ferndale 3 20,167 34.9
Ann Arbor 4 118,087 27.5
Kalamazoo 5 75,885 25.8
Royal Oak 6 58,823 36.5
Big Rapids 7 10,495 22.2
Grand Rapids 8 193,887 31.1
Mount Clemens 9 16,390 40.9
Inkster 10 24,738 34.0
Adrian 11 20,800 33.7
Highland Park 12 10,978 40.8
Mount Pleasant 13 25,896 22.0
Roseville 14 47,606 37.9
Lansing 15 114,773 32.0
Detroit 16 683,443 34.8
Berkley 17 15,239 37.7
Melvindale 18 10,437 33.8
Hazel Park 19 16,587 37.8
Port Huron 20 29,388 36.8
Hamtramck 21 21,985 28.3
Marquette 22 21,282 27.7
Owosso 23 14,738 33.7
Sault Ste. Marie 24 13,941 33.4
Clawson 25 12,008 39.9
Flint 26 98,918 34.8
Pontiac 27 59,920 32.7
Harper Woods 28 13,895 36.1
Madison Heights 29 30,168 37.7
Auburn Hills 30 22,342 30.2
Wyandotte 31 25,225 42.4
St. Clair Shores 32 59,916 44.5
Saginaw 33 49,892 35.5
Lincoln Park 34 37,155 37.1
Muskegon 35 38,086 35.3
Wyoming 36 74,692 33.0
Westland 37 82,218 39.0
Southgate 38 29,355 43.5
Muskegon Heights 39 10,792 30.5
Oak Park 40 29,751 37.5
Dearborn Heights 41 56,329 37.8
Eastpointe 42 32,648 36.6
Cadillac 43 10,380 38.4
Walker 44 24,458 35.2
Sterling Heights 45 131,674 41.1
Warren 46 135,069 39.2
Jackson 47 33,165 31.3
Dearborn 48 95,520 32.7
Southfield 49 73,055 42.5
Wayne 50 17,143 39.3
Taylor 51 61,716 37.8
Rochester 52 12,969 40.7
Niles 53 11,379 35.1
Sturgis 54 10,921 32.6
Kentwood 55 50,761 34.0
Farmington 56 10,526 38.6
Battle Creek 57 51,763 36.4
Holland 58 33,581 29.6
Woodhaven 59 12,590 42.2
Allen Park 60 27,519 42.6
Wixom 61 13,733 35.0
Monroe 62 20,243 36.2
Grosse Pointe Park 63 11,276 43.0
Coldwater 64 10,834 34.9
South Lyon 65 11,672 39.4
Livonia 66 94,849 45.5
Escanaba 67 12,455 44.9
Birmingham 68 20,653 41.0
Grandville 69 15,842 35.9
Fraser 70 14,620 44.7
Fenton 71 11,471 38.8
Romulus 72 23,457 36.7
East Grand Rapids 73 11,297 38.3
Alpena 74 10,213 41.6
Rochester Hills 75 72,987 41.9
Ionia 76 11,396 34.4
Trenton 77 18,426 45.4
New Baltimore 78 12,266 39.5
Grosse Pointe Woods 79 15,785 45.0
Norton Shores 80 24,091 44.1
Midland 81 42,063 38.6
Portage 82 47,854 37.9
Farmington Hills 83 81,154 43.5
Troy 84 82,982 42.0
Grand Haven 85 10,853 43.5
Riverview 86 12,208 45.1
Novi 87 58,233 38.8
Burton 88 28,995 39.7
Beverly Hills 89 10,450 43.9

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