These Are The 10 Best Cities For Singles In New Jersey For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in New Jersey 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 New Jersey?

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 New Jersey, there’s a pretty good chance there are a lot of singles in your area. The Garden 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 New Jersey? We’ve got the answers here.

These are the best cities for singles in New Jersey. Try not to jump in the car with a dozen roses:

  1. Hoboken (Photos)
  2. Asbury Park (Photos)
  3. West New York (Photos)
  4. Guttenberg (Photos)
  5. Hackensack (Photos)
  6. New Brunswick (Photos)
  7. Newark (Photos)
  8. Bayonne (Photos)
  9. Passaic (Photos)
  10. Trenton (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 New Jersey? That would be Ringwood.

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 New Jersey or the safest places to live in New Jersey.

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How do you determine which city is best for singles in New Jersey anyways?

To give you the places in New Jersey 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 Garden 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 New Jersey, 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 New Jersey, that meant a total of 100 cities.

Read on to see why Hoboken is the talk of the town while Ringwood is probably a bit on the boring side.

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1. Hoboken

Hoboken, Nj

Population: 53,136
Median Age: 31.6
Married households: 30.4%
Households with kids: 18.5%
Hoboken (/hobokn/ HOH-boh-kn; Unami: Hupokàn) is a city in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city’s population was 50,005, having grown by 11,428 (+29.6%) from 38,577 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 5,180 (+15.5%) from the 33,397 in the 1990 Census. Hoboken is part of the New York metropolitan area and is the site of Hoboken Terminal, a major transportation hub for the region.

2. Asbury Park

Asbury Park, Nj

Population: 15,850
Median Age: 34.7
Married households: 21.4%
Households with kids: 25.3%
Asbury Park is a city in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States, located on the Jersey Shore and part of the New York City Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city’s population was 16,116, reflecting a decline of 814 (4.8%) from the 16,930 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 131 (+0.8%) from the 16,799 counted in the 1990 Census.

3. West New York

West New York, Nj

Population: 52,407
Median Age: 35.0
Married households: 36.4%
Households with kids: 33.3%
West New York is a town in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States, situated upon the New Jersey Palisades. As of the 2010 United States Census, the town’s population was 49,708, reflecting an increase of 3,940 (+8.6%) from the 45,768 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 7,643 (+20.0%) from the 38,125 counted in the 1990 Census.

4. Guttenberg

Guttenberg, Nj

Population: 11,628
Median Age: 36.4
Married households: 31.5%
Households with kids: 27.1%
Guttenberg (/tnbr/) is a town in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the town’s population was 11,176. Only four blocks wide, Guttenberg is the ninth-smallest municipality in the state and the most densely populated incorporated municipality in the United States, as well as one of the most densely populated municipalities worldwide, with 57,116 people per square mile (22,052/km²) of land area.

5. Hackensack

Hackensack, Nj

Population: 44,271
Median Age: 38.9
Married households: 34.8%
Households with kids: 26.0%
Hackensack is a city in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, and serves as its county seat. The area was officially named New Barbadoes Township until 1921, but it was informally known as Hackensack. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city’s population was 43,010, reflecting an increase of 333 (+0.8%) from the 42,677 counted in the 2000 Census, which had, in turn, increased by 5,628 (+15.2%) from the 37,049 counted in the 1990 Census.

6. New Brunswick

New Brunswick, Nj

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 56,427
Median Age: 23.6
Married households: 29.0%
Households with kids: 40.2%
New Brunswick is a city in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States. It is the county seat of Middlesex County, and the home of Rutgers University. The city is on the Northeast Corridor rail line, 27 miles (43 km) southwest of Manhattan, on the southern bank of the Raritan River. At the 2010 United States Census, the population of New Brunswick was 55,181, reflecting an increase of 6,608 (+13.6%) from the 48,573 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 6,862 (+16.5%) from the 41,711 counted in the 1990 Census. Due to the concentration of medical facilities in the area, including Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Saint Peter’s University Hospital, as well as Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey’s Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick is known as ‘the Hub City.’ The corporate headquarters and production facilities of several global pharmaceutical companies are situated in the city, including Johnson & Johnson and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

7. Newark

Newark, Nj

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 280,139
Median Age: 33.0
Married households: 26.1%
Households with kids: 37.8%
Newark (/nju.rk/, locally /njrk/) is the most populous city in the U.S. state of New Jersey and the seat of Essex County. As one of the nation’s major air, shipping, and rail hubs, the city had a population of 277,140 in 2010, making it the nation’s 67th-most populous municipality, after being ranked 63rd in the nation in 2000. For 2015, the Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Program calculated a population of 281,944, an increase of 1.7% from the 2010 enumeration, ranking the city the 70th largest in the nation. Newark is the second largest city in the New York metropolitan area, located approximately 8 miles (13 km) west of lower Manhattan.

8. Bayonne

Bayonne, Nj

Source: Public domain

Population: 65,772
Median Age: 37.8
Married households: 41.9%
Households with kids: 34.6%
Bayonne /bejon/ bay-OWN is a city in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States. Located in the Gateway Region, Bayonne is situated on a peninsula located between Newark Bay to the west, the Kill Van Kull to the south, and New York Bay to the east. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city’s population was 63,024, reflecting an increase of 1,182 (+1.9%) from the 61,842 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 398 (+0.6%) from the 61,444 counted in the 1990 Census.

9. Passaic

Passaic, Nj

Source: Public domain

Population: 70,536
Median Age: 29.0
Married households: 39.7%
Households with kids: 47.7%
Passaic (/pse.k/ p-SAY-ik or locally /psek/ p-SAYK) is a city in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city had a total population of 69,781, maintaining its status as the 15th largest municipality in New Jersey with an increase of 1,920 residents (+2.8%) from the 2000 Census population of 67,861, which had in turn increased by 9,820 (+16.9%) from the 58,041 counted in the 1990 Census. Passaic is the tenth most densely populated municipality in the entire United States with 22,000+ people per square mile.

10. Trenton

Trenton, Nj

Source: Public domain

Population: 84,559
Median Age: 33.7
Married households: 28.9%
Households with kids: 38.0%
Trenton is the capital city of the U.S. state of New Jersey and the county seat of Mercer County. It was briefly the capital of the United States. The city’s metropolitan area is grouped with the New York metropolitan area by the United States Census Bureau, but directly borders the Philadelphia metropolitan area and is part of the Federal Communications Commission’s Philadelphia Designated Market Area. As of the 2010 United States Census, Trenton had a population of 84,913, making it the state’s 10th-largest municipality. The Census Bureau estimated that the city’s population was 84,034 in 2014.

There You Have It – The Best Cities for Singles in New Jersey

If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in New Jersey 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 New Jersey according to the data:

  1. Ringwood
  2. Tenafly
  3. Hillsdale

For more New Jersey reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In New Jersey

City Rank Population Median Age
Hoboken 1 53,136 31.6
Asbury Park 2 15,850 34.7
West New York 3 52,407 35.0
Guttenberg 4 11,628 36.4
Hackensack 5 44,271 38.9
New Brunswick 6 56,427 23.6
Newark 7 280,139 33.0
Bayonne 8 65,772 37.8
Passaic 9 70,536 29.0
Trenton 10 84,559 33.7
Red Bank 11 12,218 36.3
Fairview 12 14,314 35.9
Long Branch 13 30,705 36.9
East Orange 14 64,621 37.0
Harrison 15 15,007 34.5
Lodi 16 24,654 36.7
Plainfield 17 50,578 34.4
Elizabeth 18 128,042 33.3
Little Ferry 19 10,868 40.4
Camden 20 76,005 28.9
Collingswood 21 13,925 39.4
Perth Amboy 22 52,265 32.6
Paterson 23 146,894 33.0
Glassboro 24 19,195 28.6
Highland Park 25 14,245 33.9
Manville 26 10,448 39.2
Palisades Park 27 20,499 39.5
Rahway 28 28,884 37.9
North Plainfield 29 22,106 37.1
Wallington 30 11,618 39.2
Woodbury 31 10,024 37.1
Edgewater 32 11,998 38.2
Lindenwold 33 17,482 35.0
Roselle Park 34 13,560 37.4
Englewood 35 28,184 39.1
Cliffside Park 36 24,661 43.9
Garfield 37 31,456 35.5
Somerville 38 12,207 35.5
Clifton 39 85,578 38.0
Bellmawr 40 11,503 41.6
Kearny 41 42,029 36.7
Linden 42 41,595 37.1
North Arlington 43 15,788 40.5
Hawthorne 44 18,950 39.0
Ridgefield Park 45 12,976 37.3
Bound Brook 46 10,512 34.3
Secaucus 47 18,737 40.0
Elmwood Park 48 20,135 38.9
Roselle 49 21,507 40.4
South River 50 16,305 38.0
Dover 51 18,317 36.4
Fort Lee 52 36,607 45.8
Pleasantville 53 20,532 35.4
Phillipsburg 54 14,570 39.8
Carteret 55 23,966 35.3
Millville 56 28,399 38.5
Freehold 57 11,944 34.0
Ridgefield 58 11,294 40.9
Sayreville 59 44,260 38.9
Beachwood 60 11,153 35.6
Hopatcong 61 14,633 43.4
Somers Point 62 10,686 41.2
Bridgeton 63 25,209 29.8
New Milford 64 16,682 41.5
Rutherford 65 18,480 40.9
Woodland Park 66 12,358 40.2
Bergenfield 67 27,513 39.5
Lincoln Park 68 10,488 45.7
Hasbrouck Heights 69 12,124 41.7
Pompton Lakes 70 11,163 41.5
Pine Hill 71 10,472 36.7
Point Pleasant 72 18,464 42.7
Metuchen 73 13,791 41.6
Dumont 74 17,788 43.0
River Edge 75 11,586 42.0
South Plainfield 76 23,963 41.1
Florham Park 77 11,787 39.4
New Providence 78 12,434 39.7
Middlesex 79 13,811 39.1
Vineland 80 60,876 38.3
Tinton Falls 81 17,910 45.9
Hammonton 82 14,630 42.2
Totowa 83 10,900 42.7
Haddonfield 84 11,444 43.2
Summit 85 21,895 40.3
Paramus 86 26,795 46.9
Glen Rock 87 11,887 41.9
Fair Lawn 88 33,205 42.1
Westwood 89 11,170 42.7
Madison 90 16,090 39.2
Franklin Lakes 91 10,810 46.5
Westfield 92 30,438 41.4
Kinnelon 93 10,239 43.7
Ridgewood 94 25,430 41.6
Oakland 95 13,041 42.7
Ramsey 96 15,000 43.9
Wanaque 97 11,636 46.0
Hillsdale 98 10,454 44.0
Tenafly 99 14,821 43.2
Ringwood 100 12,398 42.8

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