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:
- Indiana (Photos)
- State College (Photos)
- West Chester (Photos)
- Pittsburgh (Photos)
- Washington (Photos)
- Lancaster (Photos)
- York (Photos)
- Philadelphia (Photos)
- Reading (Photos)
- 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Franklin Park
- Jefferson Hills
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