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


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

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

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

  1. Ithaca (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Troy (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Watervliet (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Binghamton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Rochester (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Schenectady (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Albany (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Plattsburgh (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Geneva (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Syracuse (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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 York? That would be Scarsdale.

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 York or the safest places to live in New York.

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

To give you the places in New York 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 Empire 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 York, 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 York, that meant a total of 85 cities.

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

1. Ithaca

Ithaca, NY

Source: Public domain

Population: 30,625
Median Age: 21.8
Married households: 19.6%
Households with kids: 15.3%
More on Ithaca: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Ithaca is a city in the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region of New York. It is the seat of Tompkins County, as well as the largest community in the Ithaca-Tompkins County metropolitan area. This area contains the municipalities of the Town of Ithaca, the village of Cayuga Heights, and other towns and villages in Tompkins County. The city of Ithaca is located on the southern shore of Cayuga Lake, in Central New York. It is named for the Greek island of Ithaca.

2. Troy

Troy, NY

Population: 49,881
Median Age: 30.6
Married households: 26.8%
Households with kids: 26.7%
More on Troy: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Troy is a city in the U.S. State of New York and the seat of Rensselaer County. The city is located on the western edge of Rensselaer County and on the eastern bank of the Hudson River. Troy has close ties to the nearby cities of Albany and Schenectady, forming a region popularly called the Capital District. The city is one of the three major centers for the Albany Metropolitan Statistical Area, which has a population of 1,170,483. At the 2010 census, the population of Troy was 50,129. Troy’s motto is Ilium fuit. Troja est, which means ‘Ilium was, Troy is’.

3. Watervliet

Watervliet, NY

Population: 10,207
Median Age: 36.5
Married households: 28.1%
Households with kids: 28.6%
More on Watervliet: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Watervliet is a city in Albany County in the U.S. state of New York. The population was 10,254 as of the 2010 census. Watervliet is north of Albany, the capital of the state, and is bordered on the north, west, and south by the town of Colonie. The city is also known as ‘the Arsenal City’.

4. Binghamton

Binghamton, NY

Population: 46,277
Median Age: 35.6
Married households: 26.6%
Households with kids: 23.7%
More on Binghamton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Binghamton is a city in, and the county seat of, Broome County, New York, United States. It lies in the state’s Southern Tier region near the Pennsylvania border, in a bowl-shaped valley at the confluence of the Susquehanna and Chenango Rivers. Binghamton is the principal city and cultural center of the Binghamton metropolitan area, home to a quarter million people. The population of the city itself, according to the 2010 census, is 47,376.

5. Rochester

Rochester, NY

Population: 210,291
Median Age: 31.3
Married households: 19.9%
Households with kids: 28.2%
More on Rochester: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Rochester is a city on the southern shore of Lake Ontario in Western New York. Rochester is the third most populous city in New York state with over 210,000 residents, and its metropolitan area has a population of nearly 1.1 million people.

6. Schenectady

Schenectady, NY

Population: 65,554
Median Age: 35.8
Married households: 32.2%
Households with kids: 23.7%
More on Schenectady: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Schenectady is a city in Schenectady County, New York, United States, of which it is the county seat. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 66,135. The name ‘Schenectady’ is derived from a Mohawk word skahnhtati meaning ‘beyond the pines’. The city was founded on the south side of the Mohawk River by Dutch colonists in the 17th century, many from the Albany area. They were prohibited from the fur trade by the Albany monopoly, which kept its control after the English takeover in 1664. Residents of the new village developed farms on strip plots along the river.

7. Albany

Albany, NY

Population: 98,425
Median Age: 31.2
Married households: 22.6%
Households with kids: 18.7%
More on Albany: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Albany AWL-b-nee) is the capital of the U.S. state of New York and the seat of Albany County. Roughly 150 miles north of New York City, Albany developed on the west bank of the Hudson River, about 10 miles south of its confluence with the Mohawk River. The population of the City of Albany was 97,856 according to the 2010 census. Albany constitutes the economic and cultural core of the Capital District of New York State, which comprises the Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area, including the nearby cities and suburbs of Troy, Schenectady, and Saratoga Springs. With a 2013 Census-estimated population of 1.1 million the Capital District is the third-most populous metropolitan region in the state and 38th in the United States.

8. Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh, NY

Population: 19,820
Median Age: 29.2
Married households: 29.5%
Households with kids: 21.8%
More on Plattsburgh: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Plattsburgh is a city in and the seat of Clinton County, New York, United States. The population was 19,989 at the 2010 census. The population of the unincorporated areas within the Town of Plattsburgh was 11,870 as of the 2010 census, making the population for the immediate Plattsburgh region 31,859.

9. Geneva

Geneva, NY

Source: Public domain

Population: 13,136
Median Age: 29.1
Married households: 33.2%
Households with kids: 26.9%
More on Geneva: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Geneva is a city in Ontario and Seneca counties in the U.S. state of New York. It is located at the northern end of Seneca Lake; all land portions of the city are within Ontario County; the water portions are in Seneca County. The population was 13,261 at the 2010 census. The city is supposedly named after the city and canton of Geneva in Switzerland. The main settlement of the Seneca was spelled Zoneshio by early white settlers, and was described as being 2 miles north of Seneca Lake.

10. Syracuse

Syracuse, NY

Population: 144,350
Median Age: 30.6
Married households: 24.3%
Households with kids: 26.8%
More on Syracuse: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Syracuse is a city in and the county seat of Onondaga County, New York, in the United States. It is the largest U.S. city with the name ‘Syracuse’, and is the fifth most populous city in the state of New York following New York City, Buffalo Rochester and Yonkers. At the 2010 census, the city population was 145,252, and its metropolitan area had a population of 662,577. It is the economic and educational hub of Central New York, a region with over one million inhabitants. Syracuse is also well-provided with convention sites, with a downtown convention complex. Syracuse was named after the original Greek city Syracuse, a city on the eastern coast of the Italian island of Sicily.

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

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

  1. Scarsdale
  2. Rye
  3. Ogdensburg

For more New York reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In New York

City Rank Population Median Age
Ithaca 1 30,625 21.8
Troy 2 49,881 30.6
Watervliet 3 10,207 36.5
Binghamton 4 46,277 35.6
Rochester 5 210,291 31.3
Schenectady 6 65,554 35.8
Albany 7 98,425 31.2
Plattsburgh 8 19,820 29.2
Geneva 9 13,136 29.1
Syracuse 10 144,350 30.6
Buffalo 11 258,989 32.9
Poughkeepsie 12 30,511 37.7
Endicott 13 13,073 39.5
Patchogue 14 12,293 34.8
Spring Valley 15 32,415 29.9
Oswego 16 17,880 33.6
New York 17 8,461,961 35.9
Elmira 18 28,583 33.7
Cortland 19 19,018 28.0
Oneonta 20 13,863 21.8
Corning 21 10,978 38.2
Watertown 22 26,997 30.9
Auburn 23 27,101 38.8
Glens Falls 24 14,422 39.1
Middletown 25 27,601 34.9
Gloversville 26 15,158 37.7
Peekskill 27 23,977 39.3
Hempstead 28 55,454 33.8
Utica 29 61,337 34.1
Lackawanna 30 17,992 37.4
Newburgh 31 28,406 28.2
Port Chester 32 29,417 36.3
Kiryas Joel 33 21,665 13.3
Mount Vernon 34 68,217 38.1
Kenmore 35 15,303 41.7
Jamestown 36 30,345 36.8
Haverstraw 37 12,120 32.9
Glen Cove 38 27,246 38.3
New Rochelle 39 79,299 38.9
Long Beach 40 33,670 43.5
Ossining 41 25,299 36.9
Batavia 42 15,012 39.7
Cohoes 43 16,411 39.9
Mineola 44 19,071 41.7
Olean 45 13,991 40.7
West Haverstraw 46 10,334 33.5
White Plains 47 57,925 37.8
Floral Park 48 16,189 41.8
Freeport 49 43,217 37.6
Kingston 50 23,506 38.5
Lindenhurst 51 27,234 42.3
Niagara Falls 52 49,180 39.0
Saratoga Springs 53 27,447 39.9
Yonkers 54 199,725 38.5
Fredonia 55 10,801 24.9
Beacon 56 14,289 41.5
Great Neck 57 10,183 35.8
Amsterdam 58 18,063 36.5
Depew 59 15,325 40.5
Rome 60 32,673 40.1
North Tonawanda 61 30,935 43.0
Valley Stream 62 37,626 39.3
Lancaster 63 10,220 41.1
Dunkirk 64 12,186 37.9
Lockport 65 20,722 39.1
Dobbs Ferry 66 11,058 41.1
Fulton 67 11,622 39.0
Lake Grove 68 11,206 40.5
Mamaroneck 69 19,263 39.9
Westbury 70 15,319 38.9
Rockville Centre 71 24,262 42.3
Oneida 72 11,186 41.3
Mastic Beach 73 14,867 36.6
Canandaigua 74 10,460 42.3
Babylon 75 12,130 43.0
Lynbrook 76 19,584 42.5
Massena 77 11,000 37.2
Suffern 78 10,936 42.2
Massapequa Park 79 17,176 43.1
Mount Kisco 80 11,062 37.0
Harrison 81 28,082 35.3
Sleepy Hollow 82 10,117 39.7
Ogdensburg 83 10,937 39.9
Rye 84 15,949 42.3
Scarsdale 85 17,684 42.6

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