Best Cities For Singles In Pennsylvania For 2020


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.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best cities for singles in Pennsylvania.

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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 for 2020:

  1. Indiana (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. State College (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. West Chester (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Pittsburgh (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Chester (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Lancaster (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Reading (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. York (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Easton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Philadelphia (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So, what was the best city for singles in Pennsylvania? Indiana ranks as the best place for singles in Pennsylvania 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 pennsylvania? That would be Jefferson Hills.

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.

For more Pennsylvania reading, check out:

The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Pennsylvania For 2020

Indiana, PA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,512
Median Age: 21.5
Married households: 12.0%
Households with kids: 17.9%
More on Indiana: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

State College, PA

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 42,256
Median Age: 21.5
Married households: 6.0%
Households with kids: 11.7%
More on State College: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

West Chester, PA

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 19,888
Median Age: 25.0
Married households: 12.0%
Households with kids: 15.8%
More on West Chester: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

Pittsburgh, PA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 303,587
Median Age: 32.9
Married households: 19.0%
Households with kids: 18.7%
More on Pittsburgh: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Pittsburgh 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, and the 26th-largest in the U.S.

Review Of Pittsburgh by HomeSnacks User

It costs a lot of money to live in a decent neighborhood here - one that's easily accessible and has a low crime rate. There isn't much to do during your down time so it's hard to meet people.

If you're looking for entertainment after work, this isn't the place for you.

Chester, PA

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Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 33,977
Median Age: 30.8
Married households: 11.0%
Households with kids: 33.6%
More on Chester: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

Lancaster, PA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 59,503
Median Age: 32.1
Married households: 16.0%
Households with kids: 30.9%
More on Lancaster: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Lancaster 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. 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.

Review Of Lancaster by HomeSnacks User

I've lived in Lancaster all my life and I will agree there are rednecks here as well as dive bars but I must say there's no place I'd rather call home. Yes times are changing but this town has its ups and downs just like anyplace else. Besides there is plenty of history in this town and many many Good people. Rednecks are everywhere they don't bother me at all. I say live and let live! I Love Lancaster Pa!!!

Reading, PA

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Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 88,211
Median Age: 29.3
Married households: 9.0%
Households with kids: 41.1%
More on Reading: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Reading 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.

Review Of Reading by HomeSnacks User

Shenandoah is a filthy blighted town. Crime rate is high. Drug arrests is common. Drug traffic is from reading, pa and NYC via latino community. Average home cost is 6000.00. there are so many abandoned homes.

Tamaqua- this is a charming town. Homes are kept up. Downtown area is busy and has businesses. They have invested a lot of money into this town.

I know.......I live near these areas

York, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 44,044
Median Age: 30.9
Married households: 14.0%
Households with kids: 36.9%
More on York: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

York, known as the White Rose City, 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.

Easton, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 27,100
Median Age: 34.2
Married households: 13.0%
Households with kids: 33.0%
More on Easton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Easton is a city in and the seat of Northampton County, Pennsylvania, United States. The city's population was 26,800 as of the 2010 census. Easton is located at the confluence of the Delaware River and the Lehigh River, roughly 55 miles north of Philadelphia and 70 miles west of New York City.

Philadelphia, PA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,575,522
Median Age: 34.3
Married households: 16.0%
Households with kids: 27.2%
More on Philadelphia: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Philadelphia 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 6million in the seventh-largest metropolitan statistical area, as of 2016. 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 7.2million ranks it as the eighth-largest combined statistical area in the United States.

Review Of Philadelphia by HomeSnacks User

Major city of crime, very morning news on the latest shooting, its not a very safe place at all.

Great food, pats is the best place for a cheese-steak

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 2014-2018 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 61 cities. You can download the data here.

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

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

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. Jefferson Hills
  2. Franklin Park
  3. Lower Burrell

For more Pennsylvania reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Pennsylvania

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Indiana, PA 13,512 21.5
2 State College, PA 42,256 21.5
3 West Chester, PA 19,888 25.0
4 Pittsburgh, PA 303,587 32.9
5 Chester, PA 33,977 30.8
6 Lancaster, PA 59,503 32.1
7 Reading, PA 88,211 29.3
8 York, PA 44,044 30.9
9 Easton, PA 27,100 34.2
10 Philadelphia, PA 1,575,522 34.3
11 East Stroudsburg, PA 10,279 30.9
12 Allentown, PA 120,410 31.8
13 Washington, PA 13,590 38.0
14 Erie, PA 98,156 34.7
15 Wilkes-Barre, PA 40,847 34.4
16 Harrisburg, PA 49,230 31.2
17 Bethlehem, PA 75,296 35.1
18 Lebanon, PA 25,739 33.9
19 Bloomsburg, PA 14,275 22.7
20 Coatesville, PA 13,147 31.2
21 Wilkinsburg, PA 15,637 39.4
22 Lansdale, PA 16,579 37.0
23 Darby, PA 10,699 29.4
24 Hazleton, PA 24,812 35.0
25 Kingston, PA 12,935 42.8
26 Carlisle, PA 19,116 34.1
27 Butler, PA 13,182 38.3
28 Berwick, PA 10,167 42.5
29 Phoenixville, PA 16,815 34.7
30 Lansdowne, PA 10,628 41.2
31 Scranton, PA 76,869 36.9
32 Williamsport, PA 28,757 32.0
33 Nanticoke, PA 10,302 42.5
34 Munhall, PA 11,229 44.7
35 New Kensington, PA 12,568 47.3
36 Emmaus, PA 11,361 41.8
37 Altoona, PA 44,372 38.3
38 Ephrata, PA 13,802 37.7
39 Yeadon, PA 11,487 38.6
40 Meadville, PA 12,949 37.2
41 Mckeesport, PA 19,365 44.6
42 Greensburg, PA 14,377 40.4
43 Columbia, PA 10,389 38.2
44 Johnstown, PA 19,812 42.9
45 Waynesboro, PA 10,842 36.8
46 Pottsville, PA 13,728 42.7
47 Sharon, PA 13,378 39.3
48 Chambersburg, PA 20,734 37.1
49 New Castle, PA 22,188 42.2
50 Hanover, PA 15,563 40.8
51 Wyomissing, PA 10,452 44.8
52 Baldwin, PA 19,651 41.1
53 St. Marys, PA 12,535 46.8
54 Whitehall, PA 13,759 45.6
55 Dunmore, PA 13,282 41.2
56 West Mifflin, PA 19,946 45.2
57 Hermitage, PA 15,812 49.9
58 Plum, PA 27,304 45.9
59 Lower Burrell, PA 11,321 48.3
60 Franklin Park, PA 14,448 42.5
61 Jefferson Hills, PA 11,231 44.3

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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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