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


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.

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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. Try not to jump in the car with a dozen roses:

  1. Minneapolis (Photos)
  2. Mankato (Photos)
  3. St. Paul (Photos)
  4. Columbia Heights (Photos)
  5. Richfield (Photos)
  6. St. Louis Park (Photos)
  7. Hopkins (Photos)
  8. Duluth (Photos)
  9. Fridley (Photos)
  10. 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.

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.

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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.

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1. Minneapolis

Minneapolis, Mn

Population: 404,670
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.

2. Mankato

Mankato, Mn

Population: 40,900
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

St. Paul, Mn

Population: 297,160
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.

4. Columbia Heights

Columbia Heights, Mn

Population: 19,689
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.

5. Richfield

Richfield, Mn

Source: Public domain

Population: 35,912
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.

6. St. Louis Park

St. Louis Park, Mn

Source: Public domain

Population: 47,486
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.

7. Hopkins

Hopkins, Mn

Population: 18,077
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.

8. Duluth

Duluth, Mn

Population: 86,164
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.

9. Fridley

Fridley, Mn

Population: 27,447
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

North St. Paul, Mn

Population: 12,102
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:

  1. Ham Lake
  2. Lino Lakes
  3. St. Michael

For more Minnesota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Minnesota

City Rank Population Median Age
Minneapolis 1 404,670 31.9
Mankato 2 40,900 25.5
St. Paul 3 297,160 31.4
Columbia Heights 4 19,689 36.0
Richfield 5 35,912 36.0
St. Louis Park 6 47,486 35.6
Hopkins 7 18,077 33.2
Duluth 8 86,164 33.5
Fridley 9 27,447 35.8
North St. Paul 10 12,102 38.2
Hutchinson 11 13,891 37.2
Bemidji 12 14,664 27.8
St. Peter 13 11,567 27.8
Robbinsdale 14 14,382 35.7
St. Cloud 15 66,770 29.7
Winona 16 27,372 29.0
Moorhead 17 41,321 29.4
Brooklyn Center 18 30,785 32.3
Austin 19 24,841 37.7
Crystal 20 22,777 39.2
West St. Paul 21 19,779 37.1
Willmar 22 19,641 34.5
Anoka 23 17,325 40.6
South St. Paul 24 20,281 35.3
Roseville 25 35,254 39.8
Marshall 26 13,616 31.6
Hastings 27 22,501 39.6
Brooklyn Park 28 78,823 33.1
Little Canada 29 10,202 41.2
Burnsville 30 61,158 36.3
Bloomington 31 85,080 42.6
Mounds View 32 12,708 36.2
Sauk Rapids 33 13,334 32.3
New Brighton 34 22,233 39.0
Cloquet 35 12,047 35.8
New Hope 36 20,819 38.8
Northfield 37 20,405 27.3
Rochester 38 111,396 35.4
Buffalo 39 15,927 33.9
Worthington 40 13,036 31.8
Stillwater 41 19,142 41.1
Alexandria 42 13,185 38.3
Eagan 43 65,874 37.1
Fairmont 44 10,311 46.0
Albert Lea 45 17,775 43.9
Coon Rapids 46 62,159 37.9
Brainerd 47 13,440 32.7
Apple Valley 48 50,602 39.2
Inver Grove Heights 49 34,757 40.1
Monticello 50 13,214 33.1
Chaska 51 25,078 35.8
White Bear Lake 52 24,992 40.0
Oakdale 53 27,956 39.1
Sartell 54 16,442 33.0
North Mankato 55 13,451 38.4
Maplewood 56 39,678 39.1
Blaine 57 61,210 37.2
Plymouth 58 75,105 40.1
Shakopee 59 39,656 32.9
Waconia 60 11,523 36.5
Eden Prairie 61 63,206 39.7
Savage 62 29,399 35.8
Owatonna 63 25,580 39.3
New Ulm 64 13,279 40.7
Lakeville 65 59,786 35.6
Champlin 66 23,929 37.4
Grand Rapids 67 11,053 42.5
Shoreview 68 26,161 44.5
Red Wing 69 16,484 43.6
Golden Valley 70 21,040 46.3
Prior Lake 71 24,997 38.3
Faribault 72 23,530 36.5
Minnetonka 73 51,651 45.0
Edina 74 49,976 44.9
Fergus Falls 75 13,310 41.8
Forest Lake 76 19,208 37.8
Elk River 77 23,743 36.1
Mendota Heights 78 11,231 50.1
Otsego 79 15,065 33.2
Arden Hills 80 10,126 36.0
Vadnais Heights 81 13,115 45.0
Cottage Grove 82 35,632 35.5
Farmington 83 22,226 33.8
Hibbing 84 16,230 41.0
Ramsey 85 25,329 35.1
Hugo 86 14,223 35.1
Woodbury 87 66,699 36.6
Rogers 88 12,284 36.8
Chanhassen 89 24,796 38.4
Maple Grove 90 66,969 38.8
Andover 91 31,906 38.5
Rosemount 92 23,099 37.5
North Branch 93 10,157 35.8
East Bethel 94 11,618 39.0
St. Michael 95 17,045 35.1
Lino Lakes 96 20,758 38.9
Ham Lake 97 15,878 40.6

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