Are you trying to find love in Minnesota?
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 Minnesota, there’s a pretty good chance there are a lot of singles in your area. The North Star 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 Minnesota? We’ve got the answers here.
These are the best cities for singles in Minnesota. Try not to jump in the car with a dozen roses:
- Minneapolis (Photos)
- Mankato (Photos)
- St. Paul (Photos)
- Columbia Heights (Photos)
- Richfield (Photos)
- St. Louis Park (Photos)
- Hopkins (Photos)
- Duluth (Photos)
- Fridley (Photos)
- North St. Paul (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 Minnesota? That would be Ham Lake.
How do you determine which city is best for singles in Minnesota anyways?
To give you the places in Minnesota 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 North Star 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 Minnesota, 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 Minnesota, that meant a total of 97 cities.
Read on to see why Minneapolis is the talk of the town while Ham Lake is probably a bit on the boring side.
Median Age: 31.9
Married households: 30.5%
Households with kids: 23.9%
Minneapolis (/mniæpls/ ( listen)) is the county seat of Hennepin County, and the larger of the Twin Cities, the 16th-largest metropolitan area in the United States. As of 2016, Minneapolis is the largest city in the state of Minnesota and 46th-largest in the United States, with an estimated population of 413,651. The Twin Cities metropolitan area consists of Minneapolis, its neighbor Saint Paul, and suburbs which together contain about 3.5 million people, the second-largest economic center in the Midwest, after Chicago.
Median Age: 25.5
Married households: 35.9%
Households with kids: 23.1%
Mankato (/mænketo/ man-KAY-toh) is a city in Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Le Sueur counties in the state of Minnesota. It is the 22nd biggest city in Minnesota. The population was 41,044 according to 2015 US census estimates, making it the fifth largest city in Minnesota outside the Minneapolis?Saint Paul metropolitan area. The county seat of Blue Earth County, it is located along a large bend of the Minnesota River at its confluence with the Blue Earth River. Mankato is across the Minnesota River from North Mankato. Mankato and North Mankato have a combined population of over 53,000, according to the 2010 census. It completely encompasses the town of Skyline. North of Mankato Regional Airport, a tiny non-contiguous part of the city is located within Le Sueur County. Most of the city of Mankato is located within Blue Earth County.
3. St. Paul
Median Age: 31.4
Married households: 35.8%
Households with kids: 31.5%
Saint Paul (/sent pl/; abbreviated St. Paul) is the capital and second-most populous city of the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of 2016, the city’s estimated population was 304,442. Saint Paul is the county seat of Ramsey County, the smallest and most densely populated county in Minnesota. The city lies mostly on the east bank of the Mississippi River in the area surrounding its point of confluence with the Minnesota River, and adjoins Minneapolis, the state’s largest city. Known as the ‘Twin Cities’, the two form the core of Minneapolis?Saint Paul, the 16th-largest metropolitan area in the United States, with about 3.52 million residents.
Median Age: 36.0
Married households: 36.5%
Households with kids: 28.0%
Columbia Heights is a city in Anoka County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 19,496 at the 2010 census.
Median Age: 36.0
Married households: 40.3%
Households with kids: 28.1%
Richfield is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States. An inner-ring suburb of the Minneapolis?Saint Paul region, it is bordered by Minneapolis to the north, Minneapolis?Saint Paul International Airport to the east, Bloomington to the south, and Edina to the west. Best Buy, the U.S.’s largest electronics retailer, has its headquarters in Richfield. The population was 35,228 at the 2010 census.
Median Age: 35.6
Married households: 36.2%
Households with kids: 22.9%
Saint Louis Park (abbreviated St. Louis Park) is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 45,250 at the 2010 census. It is a first-ring suburb immediately west of Minneapolis. Other adjacent cities include Edina, Golden Valley, Minnetonka, Plymouth, and Hopkins.
Median Age: 33.2
Married households: 34.3%
Households with kids: 27.1%
Hopkins is a suburban city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States, located west of Minneapolis. The city is four square miles in size and is surrounded by the larger, west suburban communities of Minnetonka, Saint Louis Park, and Edina. Hopkins is about 98% developed with little remaining vacant land. The population was 17,591 at the 2010 census.
Median Age: 33.5
Married households: 37.5%
Households with kids: 25.1%
Duluth /dlu/ ( listen) is a major port city in the U.S. state of Minnesota and the county seat of Saint Louis County. Duluth has a population of 86,293 and is the second-largest city on Lake Superior’s shores, after Thunder Bay, Ontario, in Canada; it has the largest metropolitan area on the lake. The Duluth MSA had a population of 279,771 in 2010, the second-largest in Minnesota.
Median Age: 35.8
Married households: 43.3%
Households with kids: 30.2%
Fridley is a city in Anoka County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 27,208 at the 2010 census. Fridley was incorporated in 1949 as a village and became a city in 1957. It is part of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. Fridley is a ‘first ring’ or ‘inner ring’ suburb in the northern part of the Twin Cities. Fridley connects with the city of Minneapolis at its southern border. Neighboring first ring suburbs are Columbia Heights to the South and Brooklyn Center to the West across the Mississippi river.
10. North St. Paul
Median Age: 38.2
Married households: 46.2%
Households with kids: 25.9%
North Saint Paul (abbreviated North St. Paul) is a city in Ramsey County, Minnesota, located east-northeast of the city of Saint Paul. The population was 11,460 at the 2010 census.
There You Have It – The Best Cities for Singles in Minnesota
If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in Minnesota 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 Minnesota according to the data:
- Ham Lake
- Lino Lakes
- St. Michael
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