These Are The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Virginia For 2019

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.

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

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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 for 2019. Try not to jump in the car with a dozen roses:

  1. Radford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Charlottesville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Richmond (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Blacksburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Alexandria (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Harrisonburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Norfolk (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Portsmouth (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Williamsburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Newport News (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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.

For more Virginia reading, check out:

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 2013-2017 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.

Radford, VA

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Population: 17,380
Median Age: 22.7
Married households: 30.4%
Households with kids: 17.6%
More on Radford: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Radford 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.

Charlottesville, VA

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Population: 46,487
Median Age: 30.9
Married households: 31.7%
Households with kids: 21.5%
More on Charlottesville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

Review Of Charlottesville by HomeSnacks User

Charlottesville is a wonderful city. It’s not too small and not too big. The people here are very friendly and intelligent. Being a university town, Charlottesville is always lively and has something to do. You can grab a bite to eat at one of the many delicious restaurants, go out dancing, take a hike in the mountains, visit a winery, and do many other things. The schools are great for those living here who have kids. To top it all off, a recent survey rated it as one of the happiest towns in America!

Most of the places to eat have excellent food. Charlottesville is great for wineries and breweries in particular if that strikes your fancy. The only bad thing is that it can sometimes be busy with university football game traffic and the people can be a little pretentious at times.

Richmond, VA

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Population: 220,892
Median Age: 33.5
Married households: 23.9%
Households with kids: 18.9%
More on Richmond: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Richmond is the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is the center of the Richmond Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Greater Richmond Region. It was incorporated in 1742, and has been an independent city since 1871.

Review Of Richmond by Mississippi Confederate

What about Richmond—- I lived in Richmond for 3 years and it’s a lot of thugs that live out there

Blacksburg, VA

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Population: 44,079
Median Age: 22.0
Married households: 29.7%
Households with kids: 15.5%
More on Blacksburg: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

Alexandria, VA

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Population: 154,710
Median Age: 36.4
Married households: 36.3%
Households with kids: 21.5%
More on Alexandria: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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 south of downtown Washington, D.C.

Review Of Alexandria by HomeSnacks User

Alexandria is a wonderful place to live and is one of the best places to find a charming, suburban community so close to downtown washington DC. It is an expensive place to live but it has a strong community, many activities for families, and plenty of amenities.

The Del Ray neighborhood is a wonderful and quaint place to visit a farmer’s market or get a delicious bite to eat. Old Town is vibrant and filled with excellent food and shopping options.

Harrisonburg, VA

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Population: 53,064
Median Age: 24.8
Married households: 33.8%
Households with kids: 25.8%
More on Harrisonburg: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

Norfolk, VA

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Population: 245,752
Median Age: 30.4
Married households: 35.0%
Households with kids: 27.0%
More on Norfolk: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Norfolk 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.

Review Of Norfolk by HomeSnacks User

Mixes schools, low crime rate in most areas but higher in south of city, beautiful history area

Ghent and downtown favorites; South Norfolk worst.

Portsmouth, VA

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Population: 95,536
Median Age: 35.2
Married households: 35.5%
Households with kids: 25.3%
More on Portsmouth: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Portsmouth is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 95,535. It is part of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area.

Review Of Portsmouth by Johnathan_365

I live in Portsmouth but I don’t think it’s that bad

Williamsburg, VA

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Population: 14,817
Median Age: 24.5
Married households: 34.9%
Households with kids: 20.0%
More on Williamsburg: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Williamsburg is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,068. In 2014, the population was estimated to be 14,691.

Newport News, VA

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Population: 180,775
Median Age: 33.2
Married households: 38.5%
Households with kids: 27.6%
More on Newport News: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Newport News is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 180,719. In 2013, the population was estimated to be 183,412, making it the fifth-most populous city in Virginia.

There You Have It – The Best Cities for Singles in Virginia for 2019

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

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Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Virginia

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Radford, VA 17,380 22.7
2 Charlottesville, VA 46,487 30.9
3 Richmond, VA 220,892 33.5
4 Blacksburg, VA 44,079 22.0
5 Alexandria, VA 154,710 36.4
6 Harrisonburg, VA 53,064 24.8
7 Norfolk, VA 245,752 30.4
8 Portsmouth, VA 95,536 35.2
9 Williamsburg, VA 14,817 24.5
10 Newport News, VA 180,775 33.2
11 Hampton, VA 136,255 35.8
12 Roanoke, VA 99,572 38.4
13 Winchester, VA 27,516 37.6
14 Manassas, VA 41,379 33.5
15 Fredericksburg, VA 28,135 29.9
16 Lynchburg, VA 79,237 28.3
17 Fairfax, VA 23,580 39.0
18 Herndon, VA 24,545 34.9
19 Falls Church, VA 13,843 39.7
20 Leesburg, VA 51,015 34.8
21 Petersburg, VA 32,037 38.3
22 Virginia Beach, VA 450,057 35.6
23 Hopewell, VA 22,353 36.5
24 Waynesboro, VA 21,620 40.0
25 Manassas Park, VA 16,117 34.1
26 Culpeper, VA 17,882 32.9
27 Front Royal, VA 15,027 38.0
28 Christiansburg, VA 21,892 36.8
29 Danville, VA 41,911 40.6
30 Salem, VA 25,521 41.1
31 Colonial Heights, VA 17,582 40.1
32 Vienna, VA 16,474 41.4
33 Martinsville, VA 13,256 41.5
34 Staunton, VA 24,273 42.0
35 Chesapeake, VA 235,410 36.6
36 Suffolk, VA 88,057 38.1
37 Bristol, VA 17,077 42.3
38 Poquoson, VA 12,022 42.2

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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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