These Are The 10 Best Cities For Singles In New York For 2019

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 . This is our second 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 2019. Try not to jump in the car with a dozen roses:

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

For more New York reading, check out:

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 2013-2017 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.

Ithaca, NY

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Population: 30,720
Median Age: 21.8
Married households: 20.2%
Households with kids: 13.9%
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.

Troy, NY

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Population: 49,826
Median Age: 30.6
Married households: 26.2%
Households with kids: 24.2%
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”.

Rochester, NY

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Population: 209,463
Median Age: 31.7
Married households: 19.8%
Households with kids: 23.9%
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 Lolacey 101

Bro I live in Rochester wtf buh it’s not even that bad

Poughkeepsie, NY

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Population: 30,505
Median Age: 37.7
Married households: 28.1%
Households with kids: 24.1%
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.

Plattsburgh, NY

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Population: 19,734
Median Age: 28.4
Married households: 28.9%
Households with kids: 19.1%
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.

Geneva, NY

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Population: 13,048
Median Age: 29.6
Married households: 32.8%
Households with kids: 24.8%
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.

Watervliet, NY

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Population: 10,201
Median Age: 37.6
Married households: 28.3%
Households with kids: 22.7%
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”.

Binghamton, NY

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Population: 45,964
Median Age: 36.4
Married households: 25.7%
Households with kids: 19.2%
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.

Albany, NY

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Population: 98,498
Median Age: 30.9
Married households: 22.1%
Households with kids: 17.4%
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.

Schenectady, NY

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Population: 65,705
Median Age: 36.4
Married households: 33.0%
Households with kids: 20.7%
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.

There You Have It – The Best Cities for Singles in New York for 2019

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. Mount Kisco

For more New York reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In New York

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Ithaca, NY 30,720 21.8
2 Troy, NY 49,826 30.6
3 Rochester, NY 209,463 31.7
4 Poughkeepsie, NY 30,505 37.7
5 Plattsburgh, NY 19,734 28.4
6 Geneva, NY 13,048 29.6
7 Watervliet, NY 10,201 37.6
8 Binghamton, NY 45,964 36.4
9 Albany, NY 98,498 30.9
10 Schenectady, NY 65,705 36.4
11 Buffalo, NY 259,574 32.8
12 Syracuse, NY 144,405 30.6
13 Elmira, NY 28,302 33.4
14 Endicott, NY 12,980 39.5
15 Spring Valley, NY 32,538 29.6
16 Newburgh, NY 28,444 27.9
17 Cortland, NY 18,914 27.9
18 New York, NY 8,560,072 36.2
19 Oswego, NY 17,723 34.9
20 Auburn, NY 26,962 38.6
21 Watertown, NY 26,437 31.1
22 Middletown, NY 27,729 35.8
23 Mount Vernon, NY 68,671 38.5
24 Oneonta, NY 13,932 21.9
25 Haverstraw, NY 12,181 33.5
26 Jamestown, NY 30,094 38.1
27 Kiryas Joel, NY 22,794 13.8
28 Utica, NY 61,114 34.0
29 Glens Falls, NY 14,428 38.2
30 Patchogue, NY 12,425 36.4
31 Corning, NY 10,870 39.2
32 West Haverstraw, NY 10,353 33.8
33 Hempstead, NY 55,698 33.9
34 Gloversville, NY 15,052 40.1
35 Kenmore, NY 15,319 42.2
36 Lackawanna, NY 18,012 37.3
37 Niagara Falls, NY 48,976 38.6
38 Long Beach, NY 33,657 44.3
39 Olean, NY 13,911 40.8
40 Cohoes, NY 16,574 39.8
41 Lancaster, NY 10,207 40.9
42 Batavia, NY 14,868 38.5
43 New Rochelle, NY 79,877 39.4
44 White Plains, NY 58,404 38.1
45 Glen Cove, NY 27,376 38.1
46 Kingston, NY 23,419 38.1
47 Peekskill, NY 24,111 39.6
48 Saratoga Springs, NY 27,682 39.7
49 Freeport, NY 43,380 37.7
50 Port Chester, NY 29,623 36.4
51 Great Neck, NY 10,272 36.2
52 Yonkers, NY 200,999 38.8
53 Amsterdam, NY 17,974 36.7
54 Westbury, NY 15,396 38.5
55 Ossining, NY 25,386 36.7
56 North Tonawanda, NY 30,752 44.3
57 Mastic Beach, NY 14,850 36.8
58 Lindenhurst, NY 27,257 41.6
59 Fredonia, NY 10,695 25.4
60 Lockport, NY 20,676 38.8
61 Depew, NY 15,283 41.1
62 Beacon, NY 14,279 40.6
63 Rome, NY 32,589 39.5
64 Floral Park, NY 16,269 42.1
65 Valley Stream, NY 37,843 40.8
66 Dunkirk, NY 12,064 39.1
67 Oneida, NY 11,120 41.8
68 Mineola, NY 19,223 41.9
69 Lake Grove, NY 11,205 40.9
70 Mamaroneck, NY 19,327 40.9
71 Canandaigua, NY 10,402 42.6
72 Massapequa Park, NY 17,223 43.3
73 Lynbrook, NY 19,706 41.9
74 Rockville Centre, NY 24,485 42.1
75 Babylon, NY 12,177 43.1
76 Fulton, NY 11,509 37.9
77 Sleepy Hollow, NY 10,190 38.7
78 Harrison, NY 28,319 34.9
79 Suffern, NY 10,984 42.7
80 Ogdensburg, NY 10,851 39.8
81 Dobbs Ferry, NY 11,141 40.2
82 Massena, NY 10,839 38.6
83 Mount Kisco, NY 10,994 40.3
84 Rye, NY 16,004 42.9
85 Scarsdale, NY 17,856 43.0

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.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

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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