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


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

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

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

  1. Radford (Photos)
  2. Charlottesville (Photos)
  3. Richmond (Photos)
  4. Alexandria (Photos)
  5. Harrisonburg (Photos)
  6. Blacksburg (Photos)
  7. Norfolk (Photos)
  8. Fredericksburg (Photos)
  9. Hampton (Photos)
  10. Winchester (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 Virginia? That would be Poquoson.

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 Virginia or the safest places to live in Virginia.

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

To give you the places in Virginia 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 Old Dominion

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 Virginia, 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 12,000 people. For Virginia, that meant a total of 38 cities.

Read on to see why Radford is the talk of the town while Poquoson is probably a bit on the boring side.

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1. Radford

Radford, Va

Population: 17,186
Median Age: 22.7
Married households: 30.2%
Households with kids: 21.3%
Radford (formerly Lovely Mount, Central City, English Ferry and Ingle’s Ferry) is an independent city in the U.S. state of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 16,408. For statistical purposes, the Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Radford with neighboring Montgomery County.

2. Charlottesville

Charlottesville, Va

Population: 45,538
Median Age: 30.3
Married households: 32.3%
Households with kids: 23.6%
Charlottesville, colloquially known as Cville by locals, is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 2016, an estimated 46,912 people lived within the city limits. It is the county seat of Albemarle County, which surrounds the city, though the two are separate legal entities. This means a Charlottesville resident will list the City of Charlottesville as both their county and city on official paperwork. It is named after the British Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the City of Charlottesville with the County of Albemarle for statistical purposes, bringing its steadily growing population to approximately 150,000. Charlottesville is the heart of the Charlottesville metropolitan area, which includes Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene and Nelson counties.

3. Richmond

Richmond, Va

Population: 216,773
Median Age: 33.2
Married households: 23.8%
Households with kids: 23.3%
Richmond (/rtmnd/ RICH-mnd) is the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is the center of the Richmond Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and the Greater Richmond Region. It was incorporated in 1742, and has been an independent city since 1871.

4. Alexandria

Alexandria, Va

Population: 151,473
Median Age: 36.2
Married households: 36.1%
Households with kids: 22.8%
Alexandria is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 139,966, and in 2016, the population was estimated to be 155,810. Located along the western bank of the Potomac River, Alexandria is approximately 7 miles (11 km) south of downtown Washington, D.C.

5. Harrisonburg

Harrisonburg, Va

Population: 51,979
Median Age: 24.0
Married households: 33.7%
Households with kids: 28.7%
Harrisonburg is an independent city in the Shenandoah Valley region of the U.S. state of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 48,914, with a census-estimated 2016 population of 53,078. Harrisonburg is the county seat of the surrounding Rockingham County, although the two are separate jurisdictions. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Harrisonburg with Rockingham County for statistical purposes into the Harrisonburg, Virginia Metropolitan Statistical Area, which has a 2011 estimated population of 126,562.

6. Blacksburg

Blacksburg, Va

Population: 43,973
Median Age: 22.0
Married households: 29.5%
Households with kids: 16.1%
Blacksburg is an incorporated town in Montgomery County, Virginia, United States, with a population of 42,620 at the 2010 census. Blacksburg is dominated economically and demographically by the presence of Virginia Tech (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University).

7. Norfolk

Norfolk, Va

Population: 245,724
Median Age: 30.2
Married households: 34.9%
Households with kids: 31.5%
Norfolk (/nrfk/ NOR-fuuk, locally /nfk/ NOF-uuk) is an independent city located in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. At the 2010 census, the population was 242,803; in 2015, the population was estimated to be 247,189 making it the second-most populous city in Virginia after neighboring Virginia Beach.

8. Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg, Va

Population: 27,853
Median Age: 29.5
Married households: 32.5%
Households with kids: 29.9%
Fredericksburg is an independent city located in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the Eastern United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 24,286, up from 19,279 at the 2000 census. The city population was estimated at 28,118 in 2015. The Bureau of Economic Analysis of the United States Department of Commerce combines the city of Fredericksburg with neighboring Spotsylvania County for statistical purposes.

9. Hampton

Hampton, Va

Source: Public domain

Population: 136,789
Median Age: 35.6
Married households: 37.9%
Households with kids: 29.2%
Hampton is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia, United States of America. As of the 2010 census, the population was 137,436.

10. Winchester

Winchester, Va

Population: 27,349
Median Age: 37.0
Married households: 39.2%
Households with kids: 29.4%
Winchester is an independent city located in the northwestern portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 26,203. As of 2015, its population is an estimated 27,284. It is the county seat of Frederick County, although the two are separate jurisdictions. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Winchester with surrounding Frederick County for statistical purposes.

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

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

  1. Poquoson
  2. Bristol
  3. Suffolk

For more Virginia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Virginia

City Rank Population Median Age
Radford 1 17,186 22.7
Charlottesville 2 45,538 30.3
Richmond 3 216,773 33.2
Alexandria 4 151,473 36.2
Harrisonburg 5 51,979 24.0
Blacksburg 6 43,973 22.0
Norfolk 7 245,724 30.2
Fredericksburg 8 27,853 29.5
Hampton 9 136,789 35.6
Winchester 10 27,349 37.0
Newport News 11 181,606 32.9
Roanoke 12 99,329 38.1
Portsmouth 13 96,071 35.0
Herndon 14 24,415 34.6
Williamsburg 15 14,988 24.4
Lynchburg 16 78,755 28.6
Manassas 17 41,149 33.4
Falls Church 18 13,597 38.9
Fairfax 19 23,620 39.6
Petersburg 20 31,997 38.8
Leesburg 21 49,401 34.6
Virginia Beach 22 449,733 35.4
Hopewell 23 22,332 36.5
Manassas Park 24 15,827 33.1
Christiansburg 25 21,799 36.6
Culpeper 26 17,565 32.2
Vienna 27 16,378 40.8
Salem 28 25,290 40.6
Danville 29 42,360 41.5
Waynesboro 30 21,366 39.5
Front Royal 31 15,006 38.5
Martinsville 32 13,551 42.7
Colonial Heights 33 17,554 40.6
Chesapeake 34 233,194 36.7
Staunton 35 24,234 42.6
Suffolk 36 87,061 38.4
Bristol 37 17,340 42.0
Poquoson 38 12,068 43.4

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