These Are The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Ohio For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Ohio 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 Ohio?

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

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

  1. Oxford (Photos)
  2. Norwood (Photos)
  3. Lakewood (Photos)
  4. Athens (Photos)
  5. Cincinnati (Photos)
  6. Kent (Photos)
  7. Columbus (Photos)
  8. Cleveland (Photos)
  9. Dayton (Photos)
  10. Whitehall (Photos)

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 Ohio? That would be Hudson.

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 Ohio or the safest places to live in Ohio.

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

To give you the places in Ohio 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 Buckeye 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 Ohio, 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 Ohio, that meant a total of 173 cities.

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

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1. Oxford

Oxford, Oh

Source: Public domain

Population: 21,941
Median Age: 21.2
Married households: 25.4%
Households with kids: 10.1%
Oxford is a city in northwestern Butler County, Ohio, United States, in the southwestern portion of the state. It lies in Oxford Township, originally called the College Township. The population was 21,371 at the 2010 census. This college town was founded as a home for Miami University. In 2014, Oxford was rated by Forbes as the ‘Best College Town’ in the United States, based on a high percentage of students per capita and part-time jobs, and a low occurrence of brain-drain.

2. Norwood

Norwood, Oh

Source: Public domain

Population: 19,462
Median Age: 33.3
Married households: 28.3%
Households with kids: 24.4%
Norwood is the second most populous city in Hamilton County, Ohio, United States, and an enclave of the larger city of Cincinnati. The population was 19,207 at the 2010 census. Originally settled as an early suburb of Cincinnati in the wooded countryside north of the city, the area is characterized by older homes and tree-lined streets.

3. Lakewood

Lakewood, Oh

Source: Public domain

Population: 50,866
Median Age: 34.7
Married households: 31.2%
Households with kids: 20.8%
Lakewood is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. It is part of the Greater Cleveland Metropolitan Area, and borders the city of Cleveland. The population was 52,131 at the 2010 United States Census, making it the third largest city in Cuyahoga County, behind Cleveland (396,815) and Parma (81,601).

4. Athens

Athens, Oh

Population: 24,365
Median Age: 21.4
Married households: 21.7%
Households with kids: 15.0%
Athens is a city in and the county seat of Athens County, Ohio, United States. It is located along the Hocking River in the southeastern part of Ohio. A historic college town, Athens is home to Ohio University, and is the principal city of the Athens, Ohio Micropolitan Statistical Area. The official population of Athens in the 2010 U.S. Census was 23,832.

5. Cincinnati

Cincinnati, Oh

Population: 298,011
Median Age: 32.3
Married households: 22.8%
Households with kids: 24.8%
Cincinnati (/snsnæti/ SIN-sih-NAT-ee) is a major city in the U.S. state of Ohio that serves as county seat of Hamilton County. Settled in 1788, the city is located on the north side of the confluence of the Licking with the Ohio River. With a population of 298,800, Cincinnati is the third-largest city in Ohio and the 65th-largest city in the United States. It has the fastest growing economic power of the Midwestern United States and 28th-biggest metropolitan statistical area in the United States, the biggest in Ohio. The city drives the Cincinnati?Middletown?Wilmington combined statistical area, which had a population of 2,172,191 in the 2010 census.

6. Kent

Kent, Oh

Population: 29,761
Median Age: 23.5
Married households: 30.4%
Households with kids: 26.9%
Kent is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and the largest city in Portage County. It is located along the Cuyahoga River in Northeast Ohio on the western edge of the county. The population was 28,904 in the 2010 Census and was estimated at 30,071 in 2016. The city is counted as part of the Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area and the larger Cleveland?Akron?Canton Combined Statistical Area.

7. Columbus

Columbus, Oh

Population: 837,038
Median Age: 32.1
Married households: 32.7%
Households with kids: 28.8%
Columbus (/klmbs/ k-LUM-bs) is the state capital and the most populous city of the U.S. state of Ohio. It is the 14th-most populous city in the United States, with a population of 860,090 as of 2016 estimates. This makes Columbus the 3rd-most populous state capital in the United States after Phoenix, Arizona and Austin, Texas, and the second-most populous city in the Midwestern United States, after Chicago. It is the core city of the Columbus, Ohio, Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses ten counties. With a population of 2,021,632, it is Ohio’s third-largest metropolitan area.

8. Cleveland

Cleveland, Oh

Population: 389,165
Median Age: 35.8
Married households: 21.4%
Households with kids: 27.8%
Cleveland (/klivlnd/ KLEEV-lnd) is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and the county seat of Cuyahoga County, the state’s second most-populous county. Located along Lake Erie, the city proper has a population of 388,072, making Cleveland the 51st largest city in the United States, and the second-largest city in Ohio after Columbus. Greater Cleveland ranked as the 32nd-largest metropolitan area in the United States, with 2,055,612 people in 2016. The city anchors the Cleveland?Akron?Canton Combined Statistical Area, which had a population of 3,515,646 in 2010 and ranks 15th in the United States.

9. Dayton

Dayton, Oh

Population: 141,143
Median Age: 33.3
Married households: 24.9%
Households with kids: 27.4%
Dayton (/detn/) is the sixth-largest city in the state of Ohio and is the county seat of Montgomery County. A small portion of the city extends into Greene County. In the 2010 census, the population was 141,527, and the Dayton metropolitan area had 799,232 residents, making it Ohio’s fourth-largest metropolitan area, after Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus and the 63rd-largest in the United States. The Dayton-Springfield-Greenville Combined Statistical Area had a population of 1,080,044 in 2010, making it the 43rd-largest in the United States. Dayton is within Ohio’s Miami Valley region, just north of the Cincinnati?Northern Kentucky metropolitan area.

10. Whitehall

Whitehall, Oh

Source: Public domain

Population: 18,596
Median Age: 33.0
Married households: 29.9%
Households with kids: 35.6%
Whitehall is a city in Franklin County, Ohio, United States and an enclave on the east side of Columbus. The population was 18,062 at the 2010 census. The current mayor of Whitehall is Kim Maggard.

There You Have It – The Best Cities for Singles in Ohio

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

  1. Hudson
  2. Solon
  3. Clayton

For more Ohio reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Ohio

City Rank Population Median Age
Oxford 1 21,941 21.2
Norwood 2 19,462 33.3
Lakewood 3 50,866 34.7
Athens 4 24,365 21.4
Cincinnati 5 298,011 32.3
Kent 6 29,761 23.5
Columbus 7 837,038 32.1
Cleveland 8 389,165 35.8
Dayton 9 141,143 33.3
Whitehall 10 18,596 33.0
Toledo 11 280,854 35.3
Fairborn 12 33,487 33.8
Akron 13 198,508 36.7
Cleveland Heights 14 45,160 36.1
Bowling Green 15 31,641 22.8
Painesville 16 19,735 32.5
West Carrollton 17 13,012 36.6
Alliance 18 22,121 35.6
Tiffin 19 17,701 35.1
Youngstown 20 65,161 39.0
Warren 21 40,433 38.8
Sandusky 22 25,338 39.4
Riverside 23 25,036 35.7
Portsmouth 24 20,393 36.8
Berea 25 18,949 38.2
Fairview Park 26 16,473 42.0
Marietta 27 13,912 37.5
East Cleveland 28 17,413 43.9
Circleville 29 13,761 38.0
Lima 30 37,836 33.2
Maple Heights 31 22,685 37.6
Warrensville Heights 32 13,293 38.0
Parma 33 80,088 41.9
Willowick 34 14,131 40.9
Canton 35 72,163 35.8
Reynoldsburg 36 36,995 35.9
Euclid 37 47,863 40.6
Springfield 38 59,761 36.7
Parma Heights 39 20,311 40.0
Elyria 40 53,928 37.8
Mayfield Heights 41 18,878 43.1
Findlay 42 41,412 36.7
Forest Park 43 18,679 37.1
Wooster 44 26,773 36.2
Zanesville 45 25,467 35.5
Brooklyn 46 10,936 43.5
University Heights 47 13,273 29.9
Cuyahoga Falls 48 49,353 39.5
Troy 49 25,684 40.4
Bedford 50 12,782 40.2
New Philadelphia 51 17,412 37.9
Chillicothe 52 21,748 43.3
Eastlake 53 18,342 43.4
Mount Vernon 54 16,777 35.8
Kettering 55 55,720 40.7
Trenton 56 12,477 30.9
Wickliffe 57 12,718 44.4
Wilmington 58 12,441 35.6
London 59 10,058 36.4
Salem 60 12,071 37.7
Fairfield 61 42,640 38.1
South Euclid 62 21,865 38.0
Garfield Heights 63 28,207 38.9
Ironton 64 11,049 40.0
North Olmsted 65 32,108 45.2
Hamilton 66 62,259 37.2
Ravenna 67 11,582 40.2
Massillon 68 32,268 40.0
Bedford Heights 69 10,640 45.5
Seven Hills 70 11,697 50.9
Lancaster 71 39,483 38.8
Middletown 72 48,527 37.8
Brook Park 73 18,875 44.5
Reading 74 10,342 38.5
Loveland 75 12,641 39.7
Piqua 76 20,743 37.9
Lorain 77 63,714 36.9
Sharonville 78 13,782 37.6
Fremont 79 16,388 36.1
Ashtabula 80 18,540 38.8
Barberton 81 26,266 39.8
Willoughby 82 22,495 44.0
Hilliard 83 33,108 35.9
Ashland 84 20,419 37.6
Newark 85 48,477 37.0
Xenia 86 26,105 37.2
Brunswick 87 34,578 39.6
Lyndhurst 88 13,736 46.7
Rocky River 89 20,211 46.2
Fostoria 90 13,397 38.4
Middleburg Heights 91 15,724 46.2
Marion 92 36,568 37.8
Niles 93 18,877 42.4
Struthers 94 10,445 40.7
Bexley 95 13,534 34.1
Mansfield 96 46,902 37.7
Greenville 97 12,979 43.8
North Canton 98 17,422 44.0
Maumee 99 14,018 41.0
Delaware 100 37,554 34.0

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