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


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

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

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

  1. Seattle (Photos)
  2. Cheney (Photos)
  3. Pullman (Photos)
  4. Bellingham (Photos)
  5. Tacoma (Photos)
  6. Ellensburg (Photos)
  7. Lakewood (Photos)
  8. Renton (Photos)
  9. Lynnwood (Photos)
  10. Mountlake Terrace (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 Washington? That would be Bainbridge Island.

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 Washington or the safest places to live in Washington.

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

To give you the places in Washington 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 Evergreen 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 Washington, 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 11,000 people. For Washington, that meant a total of 78 cities.

Read on to see why Seattle is the talk of the town while Bainbridge Island is probably a bit on the boring side.

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1. Seattle

Seattle, Wa

Source: Public domain

Population: 668,849
Median Age: 35.8
Married households: 35.7%
Households with kids: 20.0%
Seattle (/siætl/ ( listen)) is a seaport city on the west coast of the United States. It is the seat of King County, Washington. With an estimated 704,352 residents as of 2016[update], Seattle is the largest city in both the state of Washington and the Pacific Northwest region of North America. In July 2013, it was the fastest-growing major city in the United States and remained in the Top 5 in May 2015 with an annual growth rate of 2.1%. In July 2016, Seattle was again the fastest-growing major U.S. city, with a 3.1% annual growth rate. The city is situated on an isthmus between Puget Sound (an inlet of the Pacific Ocean) and Lake Washington, about 100 miles (160 km) south of the Canada?United States border. A major gateway for trade with Asia, Seattle is the fourth-largest port in North America in terms of container handling as of 2015[update].

2. Cheney

Cheney, Wa

Population: 11,479
Median Age: 23.0
Married households: 28.7%
Households with kids: 22.0%
Cheney (/tini/ CHEE-nee) is a city in Spokane County, Washington, United States. The full-time resident population was 10,590 as of 2010 census. Eastern Washington University is located in Cheney, and its population grows to approximately 17,600 people on a temporary basis when classes at Eastern Washington University are in session.

3. Pullman

Pullman, Wa

Population: 32,176
Median Age: 22.0
Married households: 31.7%
Households with kids: 17.8%
Pullman is the largest city in Whitman County, located in southeastern Washington state within the Palouse region of the Pacific Northwest. The population was 29,799 at the 2010 census, estimated to have reached 31,682 in 2014. Originally incorporated as Three Forks, the city was later renamed after industrialist George Pullman.

4. Bellingham

Bellingham, Wa

Population: 84,462
Median Age: 31.1
Married households: 34.4%
Households with kids: 22.3%
Bellingham (/blhæm/ BEL-ing-ham) is the largest city in and the county seat of Whatcom County in the U.S. state of Washington. It is the thirteenth-largest city in the state, with 80,885 residents as of the 2010 US Census, and is part of the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the state. The boundaries of the city encompass the former towns of Fairhaven, Whatcom, Sehome, and Bellingham.

5. Tacoma

Tacoma, Wa

Population: 205,602
Median Age: 36.0
Married households: 38.9%
Households with kids: 28.2%
Tacoma (/tkom/ t-KOH-m) is a mid-sized urban port city in and the county seat of Pierce County, Washington, United States. The city is on Washington’s Puget Sound, 32 miles (51 km) southwest of Seattle, 31 miles (50 km) northeast of the state capital, Olympia, and 58 miles (93 km) northwest of Mount Rainier National Park. The population was 198,397, according to the 2010 census. Tacoma is the second-largest city in the Puget Sound area and the third largest in the state. Tacoma also serves as the center of business activity for the South Sound region, which has a population of around 1 million.

6. Ellensburg

Ellensburg, Wa

Population: 18,957
Median Age: 24.0
Married households: 28.1%
Households with kids: 21.1%
Ellensburg is a city in, and the county seat of, Kittitas County, Washington, United States. The population was 19,786 in a 2016 census estimate. Ellensburg is located just east of the Cascade Range on Interstate 90 and is known as the most centrally located city in the state. Ellensburg is the home of Central Washington University (CWU).

7. Lakewood

Lakewood, Wa

Population: 59,489
Median Age: 35.6
Married households: 39.8%
Households with kids: 28.3%
Lakewood is a city in Pierce County, Washington, United States. The population was 58,163 at the 2010 census.

8. Renton

Renton, Wa

Population: 98,499
Median Age: 35.8
Married households: 43.2%
Households with kids: 31.8%
Renton is a city in King County, Washington, United States. Situated 11 miles (18 km) southeast of downtown Seattle, Washington, Renton straddles the southeast shore of Lake Washington, at the mouth of the Cedar River. While long an important salmon fishing area for Native Americans, Renton was first settled by people of European descent in the 1860s, and its early economy was based on coal mining, clay production, and timber export. Today, Renton is best known as the final assembly point for the Boeing 737 family of commercial airplanes, but it is also home to a growing number of well known manufacturing, technology, and healthcare organizations, including Boeing Commercial Airplanes Division, Paccar, Kaiser Permanente, IKEA, Providence Health & Services, and Wizards of the Coast. As of 2016, the population in Renton is 101,300, up from 90,927 at the 2010 census. Renton currently is the 8th largest city in Washington State, and is the 4th largest in King County. The National Football League’s Seattle Seahawks have a training facility in Renton. It is the second-largest facility in the NFL at 200,000 square feet (19,000 m2).

9. Lynnwood

Lynnwood, Wa

Source: Public domain

Population: 36,861
Median Age: 39.1
Married households: 42.7%
Households with kids: 29.8%
Lynnwood is a city in Snohomish County, Washington, United States. The city is part of the Seattle metropolitan area and is located 16 miles (26 km) north of Seattle and 13 miles (21 km) south of Everett, near the junction of Interstate 5 and Interstate 405. It is the fourth-largest city in Snohomish County, with a population of 36,485 in the 2010 U.S. census.

10. Mountlake Terrace

Mountlake Terrace, Wa

Source: Public domain

Population: 20,747
Median Age: 36.9
Married households: 42.6%
Households with kids: 30.6%
Mountlake Terrace is a city in Snohomish County, Washington, United States. It is a northern suburb of Seattle and lies north of Shoreline and Lake Forest Park, east of Edmonds, south of Lynnwood, and west of Brier. Its southern boundary runs along the King County line. Interstate 5 runs north-south through the city, and services the city via three exits. The population was 19,909 at the 2010 census.

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

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

  1. Bainbridge Island
  2. Arlington
  3. Ferndale

For more Washington reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Washington

City Rank Population Median Age
Seattle 1 668,849 35.8
Cheney 2 11,479 23.0
Pullman 3 32,176 22.0
Bellingham 4 84,462 31.1
Tacoma 5 205,602 36.0
Ellensburg 6 18,957 24.0
Lakewood 7 59,489 35.6
Renton 8 98,499 35.8
Lynnwood 9 36,861 39.1
Mountlake Terrace 10 20,747 36.9
Kent 11 125,492 34.0
Everett 12 106,580 35.2
Des Moines 13 30,904 41.2
Centralia 14 16,729 36.0
Spokane 15 212,078 35.8
Sedro-Woolley 16 11,225 34.0
Federal Way 17 93,986 35.9
Yakima 18 93,338 33.1
Puyallup 19 39,274 38.5
Kennewick 20 77,975 33.6
Tukwila 21 19,878 34.1
Olympia 22 49,608 38.1
Oak Harbor 23 22,544 30.1
Kirkland 24 85,812 38.0
Vancouver 25 169,982 36.5
Enumclaw 26 11,543 38.5
Bremerton 27 39,388 31.9
Wenatchee 28 33,257 34.5
East Wenatchee 29 13,589 35.0
Mount Vernon 30 33,388 34.0
Mill Creek 31 19,372 40.0
Seatac 32 28,298 34.3
Walla Walla 33 31,952 35.9
Burien 34 50,187 37.5
Bellevue 35 136,718 38.2
Shoreline 36 55,021 42.7
Redmond 37 59,268 34.4
Edmonds 38 41,020 47.0
Longview 39 36,720 41.2
University Place 40 32,342 36.3
Richland 41 53,227 36.4
Port Angeles 42 19,420 40.6
Marysville 43 64,955 35.5
Spokane Valley 44 93,322 38.1
Bothell 45 43,153 37.5
Lake Stevens 46 30,352 33.7
Auburn 47 75,607 34.9
Lake Forest Park 48 13,156 45.5
Aberdeen 49 16,335 36.4
Lacey 50 45,644 35.6
Battle Ground 51 18,987 32.8
Kelso 52 11,871 36.3
Pasco 53 68,567 28.7
Sunnyside 54 16,217 25.3
Covington 55 19,172 35.5
Bonney Lake 56 19,022 34.0
Tumwater 57 21,684 38.1
Kenmore 58 21,830 39.3
Grandview 59 11,098 26.7
Moses Lake 60 21,846 31.3
Maple Valley 61 25,093 35.6
Mercer Island 62 24,467 46.2
Monroe 63 17,906 33.9
Port Orchard 64 13,265 33.0
Sammamish 65 62,136 38.3
Issaquah 66 34,728 37.4
Newcastle 67 11,189 39.6
Mukilteo 68 20,994 44.5
Snoqualmie 69 12,510 33.8
Washougal 70 14,987 37.4
Lynden 71 13,204 39.0
West Richland 72 13,407 35.4
Woodinville 73 11,549 38.8
Camas 74 21,393 39.3
Anacortes 75 16,229 48.7
Ferndale 76 12,666 36.0
Arlington 77 18,749 37.1
Bainbridge Island 78 23,576 48.5

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