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:
- Ypsilanti (Photos)
- East Lansing (Photos)
- Ferndale (Photos)
- Ann Arbor (Photos)
- Kalamazoo (Photos)
- Royal Oak (Photos)
- Big Rapids
- Grand Rapids (Photos)
- Mount Clemens (Photos)
- 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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:
- Beverly Hills
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