These Are The 10 Best Cities For Singles In North Carolina For 2019


We used science and data to determine which cities in North Carolina have the best set up for singles: no kids, no old people, and a lot to do.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for . This is our second time ranking the best cities for singles in North Carolina.

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Are you trying to find love in North Carolina?

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

These are the best cities for singles in North Carolina for 2019. Try not to jump in the car with a dozen roses:

  1. Boone (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Greenville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Raleigh (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Wilmington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Carrboro (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Fayetteville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Goldsboro (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Durham (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Chapel Hill (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Charlotte (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 North Carolina? That would be Lewisville.

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 North Carolina or the safest places to live in North Carolina.

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How do you determine which city is best for singles in North Carolina anyways?

To give you the places in North Carolina 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 Tar Heel 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 North Carolina, 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 North Carolina, that meant a total of 81 cities.

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

Boone, NC

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 18,493
Median Age: 21.3
Married households: 15.8%
Households with kids: 9.8%
More on Boone: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Greenville, NC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 90,347
Median Age: 26.8
Married households: 28.1%
Households with kids: 22.0%
More on Greenville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Greenville is the county seat and the most populous city in Pitt County, North Carolina, United States. The principal city of the Greenville metropolitan area, and the 10th-most populous city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Greenville is the health, entertainment, and educational hub of North Carolina’s Tidewater and Coastal Plain. The city’s official population as of the 2013 United States census estimate is 89,130 residents while the Greenville Metropolitan Area includes 174,263 people. In January 2008 and January 2010, Greenville was named one of the nation’s “100 Best Communities for Young People” by the America’s Promise Alliance. In June 2012, Greenville was ranked in the top ten of the nation’s “Best Small Places For Business And Careers” by Forbes magazine. In 2010 Greenville was ranked twenty-fourth in mid-city business growth and development by Forbes Magazine.

Raleigh, NC

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 449,477
Median Age: 33.1
Married households: 38.7%
Households with kids: 28.3%
More on Raleigh: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Raleigh is the capital of the state of North Carolina and the seat of Wake County in the United States. Raleigh is the second largest city in the state of North Carolina, behind only Charlotte. Raleigh is known as the “City of Oaks” for its many oak trees, which line the streets in the heart of the city. The city covers a land area of 142.8 square miles. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the city’s population as 451,066 as of July 1, 2015. It is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. The city of Raleigh is named after Sir Walter Raleigh, who established the lost Roanoke Colony in present-day Dare County.

Wilmington, NC

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 115,261
Median Age: 36.0
Married households: 34.8%
Households with kids: 19.5%
More on Wilmington: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Wilmington is a port city and the county seat of New Hanover County in coastal southeastern North Carolina, United States. The population is 112,067; according to the 2010 Census it is the eighth most populous city in the state. Wilmington is the principal city of the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area, a metropolitan area that includes New Hanover and Pender counties in southeastern North Carolina, which has a population of 263,429 as of the 2012 Census Estimate.

Carrboro, NC

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 21,099
Median Age: 32.3
Married households: 36.4%
Households with kids: 26.3%
More on Carrboro: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Carrboro is a town in Orange County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The population was 19,582 at the 2010 census. The town, which is part of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill combined statistical area, was named after North Carolina industrialist Julian Shakespeare Carr.

Fayetteville, NC

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 210,324
Median Age: 30.0
Married households: 39.5%
Households with kids: 27.3%
More on Fayetteville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Fayetteville is a city in Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. It is the county seat of Cumberland County, and is best known as the home of Fort Bragg, a major U.S. Army installation northwest of the city.

Goldsboro, NC

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 35,432
Median Age: 33.6
Married households: 33.3%
Households with kids: 27.3%
More on Goldsboro: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Goldsboro is a city in Wayne County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 36,437 at the 2010 Census. It is the principal city of and is included in the Goldsboro, North Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area. The nearby town of Waynesboro was founded in 1787 and Goldsboro was incorporated in 1847. It is the county seat of Wayne County. The city is situated in North Carolina’s Coastal Plain and is bordered on the south by the Neuse River and the west by the Little River, about 43 miles southwest of Greenville and 55 miles southeast of Raleigh, the state capital and 87 miles northwest of Wilmington in Southeastern North Carolina. Goldsboro is best known as home to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

Durham, NC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 257,232
Median Age: 33.6
Married households: 36.4%
Households with kids: 26.3%
More on Durham: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Durham is a city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It is the county seat of Durham County. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the city’s population to be 251,893 as of July 1, 2014, making it the 4th-most populous city in North Carolina, and the 78th-most populous city in the United States. Durham is the core of the four-county Durham-Chapel Hill Metropolitan Area, which has a population of 542,710 as of U.S. Census 2014 Population Estimates. The US Office of Management and Budget also includes Durham as a part of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Combined Statistical Area, which has a population of 2,037,430 as of U.S. Census 2014 Population Estimates.

Chapel Hill, NC

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 59,234
Median Age: 26.4
Married households: 43.8%
Households with kids: 24.8%
More on Chapel Hill: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Chapel Hill is a town in Orange and Durham counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Its population was 57,233 in the 2010 census, making Chapel Hill the 15th-largest city in the state. Chapel Hill, Durham, and the state capital, Raleigh, make up the corners of the Research Triangle, with a total population of 1,998,808.

Charlotte, NC

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 826,060
Median Age: 33.9
Married households: 40.4%
Households with kids: 29.4%
More on Charlotte: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Charlotte is the most populous city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It is the county seat of Mecklenburg County. In 2016, the U.S.Census Bureau estimated the population was 842,051, making it the 17th-most populous city in the United States. The Charlotte metropolitan area ranks 22nd-largest in the U.S., and had a 2016 population of 2,474,314. The Charlotte metropolitan area is part of a sixteen-county market region or combined statistical area with a 2016 U.S.Census population estimate of 2,632,249. Between 2004 and 2014, Charlotte was ranked as the country’s fastest growing metro area, with 888,000 new residents. Based on U.S. Census data from 2005 to 2015, it also tops the 50 largest U.S. cities as the millennial hub. It is the second-largest city in the southeastern United States, just behind Jacksonville, Florida. It is the third-fastest growing major city in the United States. It is listed as a “gamma-minus” global city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network. Residents are referred to as “Charlotteans”.

There You Have It – The Best Cities for Singles in North Carolina for 2019

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

  1. Lewisville
  2. Summerfield
  3. Weddington

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Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In North Carolina

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Boone, NC 18,493 21.3
2 Greenville, NC 90,347 26.8
3 Raleigh, NC 449,477 33.1
4 Wilmington, NC 115,261 36.0
5 Carrboro, NC 21,099 32.3
6 Fayetteville, NC 210,324 30.0
7 Goldsboro, NC 35,432 33.6
8 Durham, NC 257,232 33.6
9 Chapel Hill, NC 59,234 26.4
10 Charlotte, NC 826,060 33.9
11 Asheville, NC 89,318 38.6
12 Lumberton, NC 21,366 33.2
13 Greensboro, NC 284,816 35.0
14 Cornelius, NC 28,052 40.5
15 Salisbury, NC 33,561 38.2
16 Burlington, NC 52,813 38.7
17 Lexington, NC 18,916 34.6
18 Henderson, NC 15,009 37.3
19 Morrisville, NC 23,873 33.5
20 New Bern, NC 29,664 37.1
21 Newton, NC 12,991 40.5
22 Mount Holly, NC 14,948 35.7
23 Hope Mills, NC 16,106 33.5
24 Reidsville, NC 13,933 45.4
25 Hendersonville, NC 13,620 48.7
26 Mooresville, NC 36,577 34.4
27 Roanoke Rapids, NC 15,107 36.3
28 High Point, NC 109,849 36.4
29 Asheboro, NC 25,863 38.8
30 Wilson, NC 49,237 38.1
31 Davidson, NC 12,325 35.9
32 Garner, NC 28,048 37.1
33 Monroe, NC 34,368 33.5
34 Rocky Mount, NC 55,373 37.8
35 Kannapolis, NC 46,498 35.7
36 Lincolnton, NC 10,574 37.1
37 Kinston, NC 21,004 44.4
38 Cary, NC 159,715 39.2
39 Indian Trail, NC 37,191 34.6
40 Belmont, NC 11,373 38.4
41 Hickory, NC 40,157 38.2
42 Gastonia, NC 74,381 37.9
43 Eden, NC 15,235 41.7
44 Laurinburg, NC 15,320 37.5
45 Graham, NC 14,540 37.8
46 Thomasville, NC 26,901 39.4
47 Apex, NC 45,899 37.2
48 Concord, NC 87,607 35.7
49 Wake Forest, NC 38,473 35.7
50 Sanford, NC 29,051 34.8
51 Statesville, NC 25,872 36.5
52 Shelby, NC 20,058 39.4
53 Holly Springs, NC 31,827 34.4
54 Morganton, NC 16,478 43.9
55 Spring Lake, NC 12,746 24.9
56 Pinehurst, NC 15,580 59.3
57 Archdale, NC 11,509 42.8
58 Huntersville, NC 53,302 37.4
59 Kernersville, NC 23,988 41.8
60 Knightdale, NC 14,363 36.7
61 Stallings, NC 14,970 40.1
62 Tarboro, NC 11,038 44.4
63 Kings Mountain, NC 10,929 36.4
64 Leland, NC 18,023 41.7
65 Clemmons, NC 19,844 42.3
66 Jacksonville, NC 73,661 23.1
67 Smithfield, NC 11,824 45.9
68 Matthews, NC 30,760 43.3
69 Mebane, NC 14,426 34.8
70 Clayton, NC 19,306 34.3
71 Harrisburg, NC 14,856 36.2
72 Waxhaw, NC 13,343 36.8
73 Mint Hill, NC 25,600 44.2
74 Havelock, NC 20,404 23.2
75 Southern Pines, NC 13,426 49.7
76 Lenoir, NC 17,890 43.0
77 Albemarle, NC 15,874 42.5
78 Mount Airy, NC 10,198 46.3
79 Weddington, NC 10,388 43.1
80 Summerfield, NC 10,957 44.5
81 Lewisville, NC 13,516 45.6

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