Are you trying to find love in Missouri?
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 Missouri, there’s a pretty good chance there are a lot of singles in your area. The Show Me 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 Missouri? We’ve got the answers here.
These are the best cities for singles in Missouri. Try not to jump in the car with a dozen roses:
- St. Louis (Photos)
- Clayton (Photos)
- Warrensburg (Photos)
- Maryville (Photos)
- Springfield (Photos)
- Overland (Photos)
- Hazelwood (Photos)
- Columbia (Photos)
- St. Ann (Photos)
- Bolivar (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 Missouri? That would be Wildwood.
How do you determine which city is best for singles in Missouri anyways?
To give you the places in Missouri 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 Show Me 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 Missouri, 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 Missouri, that meant a total of 74 cities.
Read on to see why St. Louis is the talk of the town while Wildwood is probably a bit on the boring side.
1. St. Louis
Median Age: 34.8
Married households: 24.3%
Households with kids: 23.3%
St. Louis (/sent lus/) is an independent city and major U.S. port in the state of Missouri, built along the western bank of the Mississippi River, on the border with Illinois. The city had an estimated 2016 population of 311,404, and is the cultural and economic center of the Greater St. Louis area (home to 2,916,447 people), making it the largest metropolitan area in Missouri and the 19th-largest in the United States.
Median Age: 31.3
Married households: 50.8%
Households with kids: 22.3%
Median Age: 24.0
Married households: 35.9%
Households with kids: 29.3%
Warrensburg is a city in Johnson County, Missouri, United States. The population was 18,838 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Johnson County. The Warrensburg Micropolitan Statistical Area consists of Johnson County. It is home to the University of Central Missouri.
Median Age: 23.8
Married households: 34.0%
Households with kids: 20.5%
Maryville is a city and county seat of Nodaway County, Missouri, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 11,972. Maryville is home to Northwest Missouri State University, Northwest Technical School, and the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing.
Median Age: 32.8
Married households: 33.6%
Households with kids: 23.4%
Springfield is the third-largest city in the state of Missouri and the county seat of Greene County. As of the 2010 census, its population was 159,498. As of 2016, the Census Bureau estimated its population at 167,319. It is one of the two principal cities of the Springfield-Branson Metropolitan Area, which has a population of 541,991 and includes the counties of Christian, Dallas, Greene, Polk, Webster, Stone and Taney. Springfield’s nickname is ‘Queen City of the Ozarks’ and it is known as the ‘Birthplace of Route 66’. It is home to several universities, including Missouri State University, Drury University, and Evangel University.
Median Age: 36.7
Married households: 36.1%
Households with kids: 28.2%
Overland is a city in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The population was 16,062 at the 2010 census.
Median Age: 35.6
Married households: 35.7%
Households with kids: 27.8%
Median Age: 27.4
Married households: 38.6%
Households with kids: 25.9%
Columbia /klmbi/ is a city in the U.S. state of Missouri and the county seat of Boone County. Founded in 1821, it is home to the University of Missouri and is the principal city of the Columbia metropolitan area. It is Missouri’s fourth most-populous city, with an estimated 120,612 residents in 2016. As a Midwestern college town, the city has a reputation for progressive politics, persuasive journalism, and public art. The tripartite establishment of Stephens College (1833), the University of Missouri (1839), and Columbia College (1851), which surround the city’s central business district to the east, south, and north, has made Columbia a center of learning. At the center of Downtown is 8th Street, also known as the Avenue of the Columns, which connects Francis Quadrangle and Jesse Hall to the Boone County Courthouse and the City Hall. Never a major center of manufacturing, the city also depends on healthcare, insurance, and technology businesses. Companies such as Shelter Insurance, Carfax, and Slackers CDs and Games, were founded in the city. Cultural institutions include the State Historical Society of Missouri, the Museum of Art and Archaeology, and the annual True/False Film Festival. The Missouri Tigers, the state’s only major college athletic program, play football at Faurot Field and basketball at Mizzou Arena as members of the Southeastern Conference.
9. St. Ann
Median Age: 40.1
Married households: 29.4%
Households with kids: 25.3%
St. Ann is an inner-ring suburb of St. Louis in mid St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The population was 13,020 at the 2010 census.
Median Age: 28.7
Married households: 38.3%
Households with kids: 25.7%
Bolivar is a city and county seat of Polk County, Missouri, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 10,325.
There You Have It – The Best Cities for Singles in Missouri
If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in Missouri 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 Missouri according to the data:
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Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Missouri
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