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:
- Oxford (Photos)
- Norwood (Photos)
- Lakewood (Photos)
- Athens (Photos)
- Cincinnati (Photos)
- Kent (Photos)
- Columbus (Photos)
- Cleveland (Photos)
- Dayton (Photos)
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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