Best Cities For Singles In New York For 2020

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.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best cities for singles in New York.

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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 for 2020:

  1. Ithaca (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Spring Valley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Rochester (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Schenectady (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Poughkeepsie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. New York (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Albany (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Haverstraw (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Syracuse (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Port Chester (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So, what was the best city for singles in New York? Ithaca ranks as the best place for singles in New York 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 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.

For more New York reading, check out:

The 10 Best Cities For Singles In New York For 2020

Ithaca, NY

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Population: 30,568
Median Age: 21.9
Married households: 5.0%
Households with kids: 14.8%
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.

Spring Valley, NY

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Population: 32,281
Median Age: 30.0
Married households: 12.0%
Households with kids: 46.6%
More on Spring Valley: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Spring Valley is a village in the towns of Ramapo and Clarkstown in Rockland County, New York, United States. It is located north of Chestnut Ridge, east of Airmont and Monsey, south of Hillcrest, and west of Nanuet. The population was 31,347 at the 2010 census, making it the 2nd most populous community in Rockland County, after New City.

Rochester, NY

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Population: 207,778
Median Age: 31.9
Married households: 12.0%
Households with kids: 27.4%
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.

Review Of Rochester by HomeSnacks User

I may not live in Rochester any more, but it will always be home!

Schenectady, NY

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Population: 65,482
Median Age: 36.6
Married households: 19.0%
Households with kids: 21.7%
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.

Review Of Schenectady by HomeSnacks User

Schenectady NY downtown is booming! Proctors, new casino, brand new beautiful rail station, plentiful parking, and restaurants and bars filled every weekend downtown.

A trip through downtown on state street and erie blvd reveals traffic and lots of mixed use buildings going up. Thats not to say neighborhoods dont have their challenges, but neighborhood clean ups should be a concerted effort by the stakeholders who live there.

Poughkeepsie, NY

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Population: 30,356
Median Age: 36.9
Married households: 15.0%
Households with kids: 28.1%
More on Poughkeepsie: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Poughkeepsie, officially the City of Poughkeepsie, is a city in the state of New York, United States, which is the county seat of Dutchess County. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 32,736. Poughkeepsie is in the Hudson Valley midway between New York City and Albany, and is part of the New York metropolitan area. The name derives from a word in the Wappinger language, roughly U-puku-ipi-sing, meaning "the reed-covered lodge by the little-water place," referring to a spring or stream feeding into the Hudson River south of the present downtown area.

New York, NY

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Population: 8,443,713
Median Age: 36.5
Married households: 11.0%
Households with kids: 29.2%
More on New York: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

The City of New York, often called New York City or simply New York, is the most populous city in the United States. With an estimated 2016 population of 8,537,673 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles, New York City is also the most densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world with an estimated 23.7million residents as of 2016. A global power city, New York City has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world, and exerts a significant impact upon commerce, entertainment, research, technology, education, politics, and sports. The city's fast pace defines the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy.

Review Of New York by HomeSnacks User

I love new york its streets its people the majestic of its urban landscapes its high skyscrapers and the kindness of its people

What went wrong is the traffic jams that form in its great avenues and the good thing is the beautiful and clean of its parks

Albany, NY

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Population: 97,889
Median Age: 31.2
Married households: 13.0%
Households with kids: 20.9%
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.

Haverstraw, NY

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Population: 12,081
Median Age: 34.0
Married households: 14.0%
Households with kids: 46.9%
More on Haverstraw: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Haverstraw is a town in Rockland County, New York, United States, located north of the Town of Clarkstown and the Town of Ramapo; east of Orange County, New York; south of the Town of Stony Point; and west of the Hudson River. The town runs from the west to the east border of the county in its northern part. The population was 36,634 at the 2010 census. The name comes from the Dutch word Haverstroo meaning "oats straw", referring to the grasslands along the river. The town contains three villages, one of which is also known as Haverstraw. Haverstraw village is the original seat of government for the town, hosting the area's historic central downtown business district and the densest population in northern Rockland County.

Syracuse, NY

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Population: 143,293
Median Age: 30.8
Married households: 15.0%
Households with kids: 27.6%
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.

Review Of Syracuse by HomeSnacks User

Syracuse, NY, is a blue collar rust belt city filled with history and character. It's admittedly not for all, as it absolutely does lack the polish of many more prosperous cities, and it's weather can be punishing. But, the city has a proud past that was instrumental in American history, ranging from being an integral part of the Erie Canal, to being the site where the basketball shot clock was invented, and much, much more in between. Syracuse also has several museums, a handful of sports teams, and the Syracuse University Orange, it's pride and joy.

Good: The people, the history, the sports, and the general blue collar feel are fantastic.

Bad: The weather, the economy, and the crime rate could use some help.

Port Chester, NY

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Population: 29,418
Median Age: 36.8
Married households: 13.0%
Households with kids: 41.3%
More on Port Chester: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Port Chester is a village in Westchester County, New York, United States. The village is part of the town of Rye. As of the 2010 census, Port Chester had a population of 28,967. Port Chester borders on the State of Connecticut to the east. The village name is pronounced with the same syllable stress pattern as that of the county which contains it, i.e., "PORT ches-ter", not "Port CHES-ter".

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 2014-2018 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. You can download the data here.

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

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

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. Ogdensburg
  3. Massena

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Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In New York

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Ithaca, NY 30,568 21.9
2 Spring Valley, NY 32,281 30.0
3 Rochester, NY 207,778 31.9
4 Schenectady, NY 65,482 36.6
5 Poughkeepsie, NY 30,356 36.9
6 New York, NY 8,443,713 36.5
7 Albany, NY 97,889 31.2
8 Haverstraw, NY 12,081 34.0
9 Syracuse, NY 143,293 30.8
10 Port Chester, NY 29,418 36.8
11 Troy, NY 49,610 30.7
12 Geneva, NY 12,888 28.2
13 Buffalo, NY 257,518 33.0
14 Binghamton, NY 45,503 36.2
15 Watertown, NY 26,057 30.7
16 Plattsburgh, NY 19,515 29.4
17 Ossining, NY 25,174 37.4
18 Newburgh, NY 28,282 29.1
19 Oneonta, NY 13,834 21.9
20 West Haverstraw, NY 10,253 34.1
21 Great Neck, NY 10,203 35.1
22 Hempstead, NY 55,399 34.6
23 Cortland, NY 18,828 27.9
24 White Plains, NY 58,040 40.0
25 Westbury, NY 15,320 40.0
26 Yonkers, NY 199,745 39.0
27 Mount Vernon, NY 68,035 38.4
28 Utica, NY 60,675 33.9
29 Elmira, NY 27,695 33.9
30 Endicott, NY 12,872 38.6
31 Patchogue, NY 12,398 36.3
32 Oswego, NY 17,588 35.0
33 Middletown, NY 27,644 37.0
34 Watervliet, NY 10,120 38.6
35 Glen Cove, NY 27,226 39.3
36 Fredonia, NY 10,637 26.2
37 New Rochelle, NY 79,205 39.3
38 Mamaroneck, NY 19,213 41.6
39 Kiryas Joel, NY 23,536 13.7
40 Jamestown, NY 29,799 37.7
41 Beacon, NY 14,279 39.9
42 Corning, NY 10,789 38.4
43 Kenmore, NY 15,191 42.6
44 Sleepy Hollow, NY 10,138 37.4
45 Freeport, NY 43,128 38.8
46 Long Beach, NY 33,509 44.6
47 Batavia, NY 14,719 39.2
48 Mastic Beach, NY 11,953 38.7
49 Saratoga Springs, NY 27,772 40.4
50 Glens Falls, NY 14,359 38.8
51 Lackawanna, NY 17,859 36.4
52 Dobbs Ferry, NY 11,027 39.3
53 Auburn, NY 26,779 39.4
54 Valley Stream, NY 37,609 40.5
55 Floral Park, NY 16,209 42.2
56 Depew, NY 15,164 41.7
57 Peekskill, NY 24,008 39.3
58 Kingston, NY 23,210 37.9
59 Lindenhurst, NY 27,053 41.7
60 Cohoes, NY 16,599 39.4
61 Olean, NY 13,805 41.8
62 Babylon, NY 12,089 42.8
63 Mineola, NY 19,132 41.0
64 Gloversville, NY 14,938 40.5
65 Amsterdam, NY 17,927 36.1
66 North Tonawanda, NY 30,596 45.4
67 Niagara Falls, NY 48,661 38.3
68 Lockport, NY 20,580 38.7
69 Dunkirk, NY 11,950 40.5
70 Lynbrook, NY 19,552 43.2
71 Lake Grove, NY 11,130 40.8
72 Rome, NY 32,338 39.5
73 Massapequa Park, NY 17,120 44.2
74 Harrison, NY 27,956 35.0
75 Lancaster, NY 10,152 39.6
76 Suffern, NY 10,926 43.1
77 Fulton, NY 11,419 37.8
78 Canandaigua, NY 10,348 42.5
79 Oneida, NY 10,980 42.0
80 Rockville Centre, NY 24,442 43.0
81 Mount Kisco, NY 10,894 43.1
82 Rye, NY 15,862 43.4
83 Massena, NY 10,090 39.7
84 Ogdensburg, NY 10,748 40.6
85 Scarsdale, NY 17,805 43.1

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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.

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If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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