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


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

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

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

  1. Indiana (Photos)
  2. State College (Photos)
  3. West Chester (Photos)
  4. Pittsburgh (Photos)
  5. Washington (Photos)
  6. Lancaster (Photos)
  7. York (Photos)
  8. Philadelphia (Photos)
  9. Reading (Photos)
  10. Chester (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 Pennsylvania? That would be Franklin Park.

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 Pennsylvania or the safest places to live in Pennsylvania.

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

To give you the places in Pennsylvania 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 Keystone 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 Pennsylvania, 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 Pennsylvania, that meant a total of 62 cities.

Read on to see why Indiana is the talk of the town while Franklin Park is probably a bit on the boring side.

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1. Indiana

Indiana, Pa

Population: 14,002
Median Age: 21.5
Married households: 23.6%
Households with kids: 14.5%
Indiana is a borough in and the county seat of Indiana County in the U.S. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The population was 13,975 at the 2010 census, and since 2013 has been part of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area after being a long time part of the Pittsburgh Media Market. Indiana is also the principal city of the Indiana, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area.

2. State College

State College, Pa

Source: Public domain

Population: 42,074
Median Age: 21.6
Married households: 23.9%
Households with kids: 10.7%
State College is a home rule municipality in Centre County in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It is the largest designated borough in Pennsylvania. It is the principal borough of the six municipalities that make up the State College Metropolitan Statistical Area, the largest settlement in Centre County and one of the principal cities of the greater State College-DuBois Combined Statistical Area with a combined population of 236,577 as of the 2010 United States Census. In the 2010 census, the borough population was 42,034 with approximately 105,000 living in the borough plus the surrounding townships often referred to locally as the ‘Centre Region.’ Many of these Centre Region communities also carry a ‘State College, PA’ address although are not part of the borough of State College.

3. West Chester

West Chester, Pa

Source: Public domain

Population: 19,434
Median Age: 24.0
Married households: 26.0%
Households with kids: 16.6%
West Chester is a borough and the county seat of Chester County, Pennsylvania, in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The population was 18,461 at the 2010 census.

4. Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Pa

Population: 305,305
Median Age: 32.9
Married households: 28.3%
Households with kids: 19.9%
Pittsburgh (/ptsbr/ PITS-burg) is a city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States, and is the county seat of Allegheny County. As of 2017, a total population of 305,704 lives within the city limits, making it the 63rd-largest city in the U.S. The metropolitan population of 2,353,045 is the largest in both the Ohio Valley and Appalachia, the second-largest in Pennsylvania (behind Philadelphia), and the 26th-largest in the U.S.

5. Washington

Washington, Pa

Population: 13,693
Median Age: 38.2
Married households: 27.7%
Households with kids: 23.0%
Washington is a city in and the county seat of Washington County, Pennsylvania, United States, within the Pittsburgh, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area in the southwestern part of the state. The population was 13,663 at the 2010 census.

6. Lancaster

Lancaster, Pa

Population: 59,341
Median Age: 31.0
Married households: 31.7%
Households with kids: 33.1%
Lancaster (/lænkæstr/, locally /lækstr/) is a city located in South Central Pennsylvania which serves as the seat of Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County and one of the oldest inland towns in the United States (along with Hartford, Connecticut; Springfield, Massachusetts; Petersburg, Virginia; Albany, New York; Schenectady, New York, and several other early settlements). With a population of 59,322, it ranks eighth in population among Pennsylvania’s cities. The Lancaster metropolitan area population is 507,766, making it the 101st largest metropolitan area in the U.S. and second largest in the South Central Pennsylvania area.

7. York

York, Pa

Source: Public domain

Population: 43,848
Median Age: 30.5
Married households: 25.3%
Households with kids: 34.9%
York (Pennsylvania German: Yarrick), known as the White Rose City (after the symbol of the House of York), is the county seat of York County, Pennsylvania, United States, located in the south-central region of the state. The population within York’s city limits was 43,718 at the 2010 census, a 7.0% increase from the 2000 count of 40,862. When combined with the adjacent boroughs of West York and North York and surrounding Spring Garden, West Manchester, and Springettsbury townships, the population of Greater York was 108,386. York is the 11th largest city in Pennsylvania.

8. Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pa

Population: 1,559,938
Median Age: 33.9
Married households: 27.6%
Households with kids: 27.1%
Philadelphia (/fldlfi/) is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the sixth-most populous city in the United States, with an estimated population of 1,567,872 and more than 6 million in the seventh-largest metropolitan statistical area, as of 2016[update]. Philadelphia is the economic and cultural anchor of the Delaware Valley region, located along the lower Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers. The region’s population of 7.2 million ranks it as the eighth-largest combined statistical area in the United States.

9. Reading

Reading, Pa

Source: Public domain

Population: 87,899
Median Age: 29.4
Married households: 28.3%
Households with kids: 41.6%
Reading (/rd/ RED-ing) (Pennsylvania German: Reddin) is a city in and the county seat of Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States. With a population of 87,575, it is the fifth-largest city in Pennsylvania. Located in the southeastern part of the state, it is the principal city of the Greater Reading Area.

10. Chester

Chester, Pa

Source: Public domain

Population: 34,056
Median Age: 30.5
Married households: 17.3%
Households with kids: 33.8%
Chester is a city in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States, with a population of 33,972 at the 2010 census. Incorporated in 1682, Chester sits on the western bank of the Delaware River between the cities of Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware.

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

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

  1. Franklin Park
  2. Plum
  3. Jefferson Hills

For more Pennsylvania reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Pennsylvania

City Rank Population Median Age
Indiana 1 14,002 21.5
State College 2 42,074 21.6
West Chester 3 19,434 24.0
Pittsburgh 4 305,305 32.9
Washington 5 13,693 38.2
Lancaster 6 59,341 31.0
York 7 43,848 30.5
Philadelphia 8 1,559,938 33.9
Reading 9 87,899 29.4
Chester 10 34,056 30.5
Wilkes-Barre 11 40,964 33.8
Butler 12 13,399 38.2
Phoenixville 13 16,638 34.7
Erie 14 100,157 34.2
Bloomsburg 15 14,619 22.5
Wilkinsburg 16 15,797 39.4
East Stroudsburg 17 10,023 27.1
Uniontown 18 10,094 43.0
Harrisburg 19 49,160 31.8
Williamsport 20 29,180 31.3
Coatesville 21 13,132 30.2
Darby 22 10,677 30.0
Easton 23 27,014 33.9
Carlisle 24 19,014 32.3
Lebanon 25 25,654 34.4
Allentown 26 119,624 32.3
Altoona 27 45,209 38.3
Bethlehem 28 75,110 35.3
Hazleton 29 24,954 36.2
Scranton 30 76,380 36.7
Munhall 31 11,305 42.2
Johnstown 32 20,169 42.5
Mckeesport 33 19,529 42.2
Lansdale 34 16,454 37.0
Nanticoke 35 10,302 41.4
Kingston 36 12,996 46.4
Meadville 37 13,134 36.4
Greensburg 38 14,572 40.3
Berwick 39 10,276 39.0
Columbia 40 10,382 37.1
Yeadon 41 11,506 38.2
Ephrata 42 13,714 37.4
Lansdowne 43 10,621 39.3
New Castle 44 22,500 41.1
Hanover 45 15,429 39.5
New Kensington 46 12,793 45.9
Pottsville 47 13,955 43.4
Wyomissing 48 10,442 45.9
Dunmore 49 13,627 39.8
Sharon 50 13,659 39.5
Emmaus 51 11,363 41.5
St. Marys 52 12,748 47.6
Waynesboro 53 10,764 37.5
Chambersburg 54 20,576 35.9
Baldwin 55 19,794 42.3
Whitehall 56 13,873 45.5
West Mifflin 57 20,153 45.5
Lower Burrell 58 11,527 46.7
Hermitage 59 16,077 48.3
Jefferson Hills 60 11,214 43.8
Plum 61 27,474 44.2
Franklin Park 62 14,228 42.9

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