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


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

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

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

  1. Knoxville (Photos)
  2. Cookeville (Photos)
  3. Red Bank (Photos)
  4. Memphis (Photos)
  5. East Ridge
  6. Murfreesboro (Photos)
  7. Cleveland (Photos)
  8. Martin
  9. Chattanooga (Photos)
  10. Clarksville (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 Tennessee? That would be Soddy-Daisy.

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 Tennessee or the safest places to live in Tennessee.

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

To give you the places in Tennessee 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 Volunteer 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 Tennessee, 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 Tennessee, that meant a total of 53 cities.

Read on to see why Knoxville is the talk of the town while Soddy-Daisy is probably a bit on the boring side.

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1. Knoxville

Knoxville, Tn

Population: 183,927
Median Age: 33.0
Married households: 30.7%
Households with kids: 23.5%
Knoxville is a city in the U.S. state of Tennessee, and the county seat of Knox County. The city had an estimated population of 186,239 in 2016 and a population of 178,874 as of the 2010 census, making it the state’s third largest city after Nashville and Memphis. Knoxville is the principal city of the Knoxville Metropolitan Statistical Area, which, in 2016, was 868,546, up 0.9 percent, or 7,377 people, from to 2015. The KMSA is, in turn, the central component of the Knoxville-Sevierville-La Follette Combined Statistical Area, which, in 2013, had a population of 1,096,961.

2. Cookeville

Cookeville, Tn

Population: 32,256
Median Age: 29.8
Married households: 33.9%
Households with kids: 24.4%
Cookeville is a city in Putnam County, Tennessee, United States. Its population at the 2010 census was 30,435. It is the county seat and largest city of Putnam County and home to Tennessee Technological University. It is recognized as one of the country’s micropolitan areas, smaller cities which nevertheless function as significant economic hubs. Of the twenty micropolitan areas in Tennessee, Cookeville is the largest; the Cookeville micropolitan area’s 2010 Census population was 106,042.

3. Red Bank

Red Bank, Tn

Population: 11,794
Median Age: 37.9
Married households: 34.3%
Households with kids: 21.7%
Red Bank is a city in Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 12,418 at the 2000 census and 11,817 in 2012. Red Bank is an enclave, being entirely surrounded by the city limits of Chattanooga. Red Bank is part of the Chattanooga, TN-GA, Metropolitan Statistical Area.

4. Memphis

Memphis, Tn

Population: 655,857
Median Age: 33.5
Married households: 29.3%
Households with kids: 30.8%
Memphis is a city in the southwestern corner of the U.S. state of Tennessee and the county seat of Shelby County. The city is located on the fourth Chickasaw Bluff, south of the confluence of the Wolf and Mississippi rivers.

5. East Ridge

East Ridge, Tn

Population: 21,311
Median Age: 37.3
Married households: 38.0%
Households with kids: 29.3%

6. Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro, Tn

Population: 122,007
Median Age: 30.3
Married households: 45.0%
Households with kids: 32.7%
Murfreesboro is a city in, and the county seat of, Rutherford County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 108,755 according to the 2010 census, up from 68,816 residents certified in 2000. In 2016, census estimates showed a population of 131,947. The city is the center of population of Tennessee, located 34 miles (55 km) southeast of downtown Nashville in the Nashville metropolitan area of Middle Tennessee. It is Tennessee’s fastest growing major city and one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Murfreesboro is also home to Middle Tennessee State University, the second largest undergraduate university in the state of Tennessee, with 22,729 total students as of fall 2014.

7. Cleveland

Cleveland, Tn

Population: 43,276
Median Age: 34.0
Married households: 40.2%
Households with kids: 31.2%
Cleveland is a city in Bradley County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 41,285 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat and largest city in Bradley County, and the principal city of the Cleveland, Tennessee metropolitan area (consisting of Bradley County and neighboring Polk County), which is included in the Chattanooga-Cleveland-Dalton combined statistical area. Cleveland is the fourteenth largest city in Tennessee and the fifth-largest industrially with thirteen Fortune 500 manufacturers.

8. Martin

Martin, Tn

Population: 10,989
Median Age: 24.4
Married households: 37.1%
Households with kids: 24.5%

9. Chattanooga

Chattanooga, Tn

Population: 175,462
Median Age: 37.0
Married households: 35.5%
Households with kids: 26.0%
Chattanooga is a city in the U.S. state of Tennessee, with a population of 176,588 in 2015. The fourth-largest Tennessee city, it is the seat of Hamilton County. Located in southeastern Tennessee in East Tennessee, on the Tennessee River, served by multiple railroads and Interstate highways, Chattanooga is a transit hub. Chattanooga lies 120 miles (190 km) northwest of Atlanta, Georgia, 120 miles (190 km) southwest of Knoxville, Tennessee, 135 miles (217 km) southeast of Nashville, Tennessee, 120 miles (190 km) northeast of Huntsville, Alabama, and 148 miles (238 km) northeast of Birmingham, Alabama.

10. Clarksville

Clarksville, Tn

Population: 146,281
Median Age: 29.0
Married households: 49.9%
Households with kids: 41.4%
The city of Clarksville is the county seat of Montgomery County, Tennessee, United States. It is the fifth-largest city in the state behind Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, and Chattanooga. The city had a population of 132,929 at the 2010 census, and an estimated population of 150,287 in 2016.

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

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

  1. Soddy-Daisy
  2. Lakeland
  3. Collierville

For more Tennessee reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Tennessee

City Rank Population Median Age
Knoxville 1 183,927 33.0
Cookeville 2 32,256 29.8
Red Bank 3 11,794 37.9
Memphis 4 655,857 33.5
East Ridge 5 21,311 37.3
Murfreesboro 6 122,007 30.3
Cleveland 7 43,276 34.0
Martin 8 10,989 24.4
Chattanooga 9 175,462 37.0
Clarksville 10 146,281 29.0
Mcminnville 11 13,664 39.7
Elizabethton 12 14,012 44.3
Goodlettsville 13 16,848 42.5
Millington 14 11,069 38.3
Springfield 15 16,650 35.3
La Vergne 16 34,451 31.7
Jackson 17 67,162 35.5
Lawrenceburg 18 10,573 41.8
Sevierville 19 16,213 36.8
Collegedale 20 10,438 36.5
Mount Juliet 21 29,853 35.7
Germantown 22 39,213 45.5
Paris 23 10,168 38.5
Crossville 24 11,308 36.5
Columbia 25 36,130 36.7
White House 26 10,944 35.4
Shelbyville 27 20,916 34.8
Spring Hill 28 34,364 33.0
Lewisburg 29 11,376 36.6
Smyrna 30 45,369 34.3
Lebanon 31 29,439 35.7
Franklin 32 70,625 37.5
Bartlett 33 58,318 41.6
Greeneville 34 15,035 41.7
Gallatin 35 33,426 37.2
Portland 36 12,125 32.4
Manchester 37 10,387 36.0
Bristol 38 26,734 43.7
Athens 39 13,651 39.0
Kingsport 40 52,871 44.3
Hendersonville 41 55,073 39.7
Oak Ridge 42 29,285 42.3
Maryville 43 28,151 37.9
Farragut 44 21,690 44.6
Morristown 45 29,395 37.5
Arlington 46 11,599 32.3
Dickson 47 15,098 36.4
Tullahoma 48 19,185 40.9
Dyersburg 49 16,867 41.4
Brentwood 50 40,873 41.4
Collierville 51 48,005 40.2
Lakeland 52 12,541 38.7
Soddy-Daisy 53 13,162 41.7

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