Best Cities For Singles In North Carolina For 2020


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.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth 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 2020:

  1. Boone (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Carrboro (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Raleigh (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Chapel Hill (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Fayetteville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Charlotte (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Morrisville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Durham (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Greenville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Elon (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So, what was the best city for singles in North Carolina? Boone ranks as the best place for singles in North Carolina 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 north carolina? That would be Kings Mountain.

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.

For more North Carolina reading, check out:

The 10 Best Cities For Singles In North Carolina For 2020

Boone, NC

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 18,795
Median Age: 21.3
Married households: 6.0%
Households with kids: 8.9%
More on Boone: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Review Of Boone by HomeSnacks User

I've lived here all my life and what I've witnessed is growth that caters to College kids instead of locals. Growth in the US is huge and rural towns are d**n near lost. Boone went from zero crime to enough to keep law enforcement busy. We don't see Murder, we see overdose from drugs like Molly, LSD, special K, C*****e and adderall. Cops are told not to "pull" over students and everything is Hush Hush. Very political now.

Everything is college or hospital. The MAll is a joke, there is no place to shop but Belk and TJ Maxx.

The best place to have a nice dinner is the Peddler, expensive but incredibly delicious.

Carrboro, NC

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 21,216
Median Age: 33.2
Married households: 6.0%
Households with kids: 26.5%
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.

Raleigh, NC

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 457,159
Median Age: 33.2
Married households: 13.0%
Households with kids: 29.8%
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.

Chapel Hill, NC

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 59,561
Median Age: 26.2
Married households: 5.0%
Households with kids: 26.7%
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.

Fayetteville, NC

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 209,867
Median Age: 30.0
Married households: 11.0%
Households with kids: 30.8%
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.

Review Of Fayetteville by HomeSnacks User

Personally ive NEVER had any more issues here than anywhere else. Very crowded place...ALL THE TIME

Trash and bums everywhere. Hardly notice anymore.

Charlotte, NC

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 841,611
Median Age: 34.1
Married households: 10.0%
Households with kids: 31.3%
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".

Review Of Charlotte by HomeSnacks User

Charlotte is a beautiful place. I enjoyed my time at the theme park with water rides called Carowinds. Im a car lover as well so I decided to go to the NASCAR Hall of fame!

Im into science and I loved my trip to the Science museum. The Freedom Park is an amazing place as well, especially for hiking sports and lakeside events!

Morrisville, NC

Source: Town of Morrisville
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 25,007
Median Age: 33.4
Married households: 6.0%
Households with kids: 47.7%
More on Morrisville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Morrisville is a town located in both Wake and Durham counties of the U.S. state of North Carolina. The population was 18,576 at the 2010 census. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the town's population to be 21,932 as of July 1, 2013. Morrisville is part of the Research Triangle metropolitan region. The regional name originated after the 1959 creation of the Research Triangle Park, located midway between the cities of Raleigh and Durham. The Research Triangle region encompasses the U.S. Census Bureau's Combined Statistical Area of Raleigh-Durham-Cary. The estimated population of the Raleigh-Durham-Cary CSA was 1,565,223 as of July 1, 2006, with the Raleigh-Cary Metropolitan Statistical Area portion estimated at 994,551 residents. The U.S. headquarters of Chinese multinational Lenovo are located in the municipal limits.

Durham, NC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 264,310
Median Age: 33.8
Married households: 12.0%
Households with kids: 28.9%
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.

Review Of Durham by HomeSnacks User

Durham is a small city with big city dreams. Fantastic restaurants and museums, lots of local flavor and passion, and a beautiful landscape.

Check out the museums, all of the musical venues, and the great outdoor amenities like the Eno River and the Tobacco Trail.

Greenville, NC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 91,207
Median Age: 27.2
Married households: 15.0%
Households with kids: 25.7%
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.

Elon, NC

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 11,008
Median Age: 21.9
Married households: 15.0%
Households with kids: 20.2%
More on Elon: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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 2014-2018 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 84 cities. You can download the data here.

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

There You Have It - The Best Cities for Singles in north carolina for 2020

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. Kings Mountain
  2. Lenoir
  3. Tarboro

For more North Carolina reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In North Carolina

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Boone, NC 18,795 21.3
2 Carrboro, NC 21,216 33.2
3 Raleigh, NC 457,159 33.2
4 Chapel Hill, NC 59,561 26.2
5 Fayetteville, NC 209,867 30.0
6 Charlotte, NC 841,611 34.1
7 Morrisville, NC 25,007 33.4
8 Durham, NC 264,310 33.8
9 Greenville, NC 91,207 27.2
10 Elon, NC 11,008 21.9
11 Wilmington, NC 118,094 35.8
12 Asheville, NC 90,531 39.1
13 Goldsboro, NC 34,972 36.3
14 Cary, NC 163,266 39.6
15 Apex, NC 48,254 37.4
16 Greensboro, NC 288,719 35.2
17 Cornelius, NC 28,649 40.5
18 Davidson, NC 12,666 36.0
19 Winston-Salem, NC 242,125 35.4
20 Indian Trail, NC 37,983 34.7
21 Mooresville, NC 37,165 34.6
22 Salisbury, NC 33,652 38.0
23 Monroe, NC 34,679 34.1
24 High Point, NC 111,035 35.7
25 Matthews, NC 31,400 41.8
26 Garner, NC 28,731 37.4
27 Pinehurst, NC 15,821 61.2
28 New Bern, NC 29,958 37.5
29 Asheboro, NC 25,859 37.9
30 Jacksonville, NC 73,226 23.1
31 Holly Springs, NC 33,341 35.4
32 Huntersville, NC 54,572 37.0
33 Hickory, NC 40,402 38.2
34 Burlington, NC 52,524 39.9
35 Mount Holly, NC 15,305 36.9
36 Wake Forest, NC 40,159 35.8
37 Fuquay-Varina, NC 25,932 34.7
38 Hope Mills, NC 15,762 33.3
39 Stallings, NC 15,240 40.7
40 Hendersonville, NC 13,809 52.9
41 Concord, NC 89,729 36.6
42 Lumberton, NC 21,198 34.4
43 Lexington, NC 18,897 36.4
44 Kannapolis, NC 47,553 35.0
45 Spring Lake, NC 12,284 25.4
46 Lincolnton, NC 10,678 37.7
47 Knightdale, NC 15,198 36.6
48 Havelock, NC 20,330 23.3
49 Clemmons, NC 20,050 42.0
50 Harrisburg, NC 15,269 36.3
51 Henderson, NC 14,986 36.2
52 Waxhaw, NC 14,383 37.1
53 Kernersville, NC 24,088 42.4
54 Gastonia, NC 75,138 38.6
55 Leland, NC 19,157 44.6
56 Sanford, NC 29,274 34.3
57 Newton, NC 13,005 40.4
58 Clayton, NC 20,324 34.4
59 Archdale, NC 11,538 42.6
60 Graham, NC 14,670 38.4
61 Mint Hill, NC 26,168 43.7
62 Statesville, NC 26,263 38.9
63 Southern Pines, NC 13,694 44.5
64 Wilson, NC 49,230 39.1
65 Roanoke Rapids, NC 14,937 36.7
66 Kinston, NC 20,659 44.6
67 Morganton, NC 16,466 42.6
68 Mebane, NC 15,198 34.2
69 Thomasville, NC 26,839 39.1
70 Belmont, NC 11,768 37.2
71 Weddington, NC 10,574 44.4
72 Laurinburg, NC 15,253 37.1
73 Reidsville, NC 13,909 45.2
74 Rocky Mount, NC 54,982 38.2
75 Eden, NC 15,121 44.6
76 Summerfield, NC 11,044 43.4
77 Shelby, NC 20,053 41.4
78 Smithfield, NC 12,117 45.2
79 Mount Airy, NC 10,227 46.1
80 Lewisville, NC 13,657 44.2
81 Albemarle, NC 15,889 39.3
82 Tarboro, NC 11,045 43.4
83 Lenoir, NC 17,899 41.6
84 Kings Mountain, NC 10,955 37.7

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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.

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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