Best Cities For Singles In Minnesota For 2020


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

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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 for 2020:

  1. Minneapolis (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Hopkins (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Mankato (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Columbia Heights (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Richfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. St. Paul (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. St. Louis Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Crystal (Homes For Sale)
  9. Fridley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. St. Peter (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So, what was the best city for singles in Minnesota? Minneapolis ranks as the best place for singles in Minnesota 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 minnesota? That would be Ham Lake.

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 minnesota or the safest places to live in minnesota.

For more Minnesota reading, check out:

The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Minnesota For 2020

Minneapolis, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 416,021
Median Age: 32.1
Married households: 14.0%
Households with kids: 23.3%
More on Minneapolis: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Minneapolis ) 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.

Review Of Minneapolis by HomeSnacks User

I used to love to visit Minneapolis/St. Paul. The city was clean and well-lit, the people were friendly and willing to help, and I did not feel uneasy while walking about the city.

Recently, an influx of Somalian 'refugees' flooded into the city/metroplex. These 'refugees' have destroyed many areas of the once beautiful city; turning them into slums and crime ridden areas. These people also cause civil disturbance and make visitors feel uncomfortable and add a sense of danger while visiting.

Hopkins, MN

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 18,300
Median Age: 33.1
Married households: 14.0%
Households with kids: 23.6%
More on Hopkins: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

Mankato, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 41,701
Median Age: 25.9
Married households: 21.0%
Households with kids: 24.9%
More on Mankato: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Mankato 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.

Columbia Heights, MN

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 19,958
Median Age: 37.0
Married households: 21.0%
Households with kids: 27.2%
More on Columbia Heights: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Columbia Heights is a city in Anoka County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 19,496 at the 2010 census.

Richfield, MN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 35,982
Median Age: 36.0
Married households: 21.0%
Households with kids: 25.6%
More on Richfield: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

St. Paul, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 302,760
Median Age: 31.7
Married households: 16.0%
Households with kids: 31.4%
More on St. Paul: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Saint 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.

Review Of St. Paul by HomeSnacks User

The weather s***s! Its now May, and we have snow up north-! Winters are freezing cold, summers are super hot with mosquitoes, the State bird! Taxes are ridiculous and the roads have potholes the size of Texas!

Stillwater is a beautiful city on the river, with lots of cute shops and restaurants, which is worth your trip!

St. Louis Park, MN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 48,423
Median Age: 35.1
Married households: 21.0%
Households with kids: 21.3%
More on St. Louis Park: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Saint 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.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 22,934
Median Age: 38.0
Married households: 25.0%
Households with kids: 26.2%
More on Crystal: Homes For Sale | Data

Fridley, MN

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 27,614
Median Age: 35.2
Married households: 23.0%
Households with kids: 29.6%
More on Fridley: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

St. Peter, MN

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 11,784
Median Age: 30.1
Married households: 26.0%
Households with kids: 30.8%
More on St. Peter: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

St. Peter is a city located in Nicollet County, Minnesota, United States. The city is located 10 miles north of the Mankato - North Mankato metropolitan area. The population was 11,196 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Nicollet County. Saint Peter is the home of Gustavus Adolphus College.

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 2014-2018 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. You can download the data here.

Read on to see why Minneapolis is the talk of the town while Ham Lake is probably a bit on the boring side.

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

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:

  1. Ham Lake
  2. Hibbing
  3. Rogers

For more Minnesota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Minnesota

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Minneapolis, MN 416,021 32.1
2 Hopkins, MN 18,300 33.1
3 Mankato, MN 41,701 25.9
4 Columbia Heights, MN 19,958 37.0
5 Richfield, MN 35,982 36.0
6 St. Paul, MN 302,760 31.7
7 St. Louis Park, MN 48,423 35.1
8 Crystal, MN 22,934 38.0
9 Fridley, MN 27,614 35.2
10 St. Peter, MN 11,784 30.1
11 Moorhead, MN 42,395 29.9
12 Robbinsdale, MN 14,466 36.6
13 North St. Paul, MN 12,342 36.4
14 Winona, MN 26,981 29.4
15 St. Cloud, MN 67,513 30.7
16 Duluth, MN 86,004 34.2
17 Northfield, MN 20,217 27.5
18 Worthington, MN 13,148 32.9
19 Brooklyn Center, MN 30,899 31.8
20 South St. Paul, MN 20,256 34.7
21 West St. Paul, MN 19,750 36.8
22 Little Canada, MN 10,387 43.8
23 Bemidji, MN 15,004 28.4
24 Austin, MN 25,006 37.6
25 Burnsville, MN 61,283 36.9
26 Apple Valley, MN 51,931 38.8
27 Bloomington, MN 85,394 42.5
28 Maplewood, MN 40,387 38.1
29 Mounds View, MN 12,959 35.5
30 Rochester, MN 113,913 35.8
31 Sauk Rapids, MN 13,528 32.8
32 Brooklyn Park, MN 79,792 34.6
33 Anoka, MN 17,419 38.8
34 New Hope, MN 20,922 38.6
35 Eden Prairie, MN 63,900 39.4
36 Hutchinson, MN 13,882 38.9
37 Marshall, MN 13,706 31.8
38 Roseville, MN 35,833 40.0
39 Shakopee, MN 40,418 33.9
40 North Mankato, MN 13,704 37.7
41 Willmar, MN 19,618 34.0
42 Coon Rapids, MN 62,376 38.9
43 New Brighton, MN 22,560 38.5
44 Brainerd, MN 13,389 33.8
45 Inver Grove Heights, MN 35,197 39.4
46 Hastings, MN 22,690 39.5
47 Eagan, MN 66,363 38.3
48 Sartell, MN 17,076 33.7
49 Lakeville, MN 62,489 35.9
50 Alexandria, MN 13,380 37.8
51 Plymouth, MN 77,213 39.6
52 Stillwater, MN 19,275 41.4
53 Savage, MN 30,615 35.4
54 Faribault, MN 23,711 37.7
55 White Bear Lake, MN 25,601 42.2
56 Cloquet, MN 11,998 35.3
57 Oakdale, MN 28,018 39.2
58 Owatonna, MN 25,656 38.8
59 Minnetonka, MN 52,546 44.7
60 Chaska, MN 25,998 36.0
61 Blaine, MN 63,319 38.2
62 Monticello, MN 13,439 34.1
63 Waconia, MN 11,981 36.8
64 Edina, MN 51,136 44.6
65 Golden Valley, MN 21,364 46.5
66 Arden Hills, MN 10,290 35.4
67 Shoreview, MN 26,627 45.1
68 Prior Lake, MN 25,880 39.8
69 Buffalo, MN 16,092 35.0
70 Cottage Grove, MN 36,221 36.4
71 Woodbury, MN 68,686 37.0
72 Elk River, MN 24,211 36.0
73 Rosemount, MN 23,885 37.0
74 Fairmont, MN 10,191 44.5
75 Chanhassen, MN 25,357 39.2
76 Champlin, MN 24,478 39.4
77 Albert Lea, MN 17,687 43.1
78 Farmington, MN 22,714 33.4
79 Grand Rapids, MN 11,140 41.0
80 New Ulm, MN 13,248 40.2
81 Forest Lake, MN 19,643 38.4
82 Fergus Falls, MN 13,647 43.1
83 Hugo, MN 14,587 36.1
84 Mendota Heights, MN 11,284 50.5
85 Maple Grove, MN 69,571 39.8
86 Red Wing, MN 16,365 43.4
87 Ramsey, MN 26,225 35.9
88 Vadnais Heights, MN 13,376 44.0
89 St. Michael, MN 17,328 33.6
90 Andover, MN 32,499 39.6
91 Otsego, MN 16,189 34.7
92 East Bethel, MN 11,808 40.1
93 Lino Lakes, MN 21,150 39.4
94 North Branch, MN 10,321 37.8
95 Rogers, MN 12,777 37.7
96 Hibbing, MN 16,106 39.9
97 Ham Lake, MN 16,282 42.1

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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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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