Best Cities For Singles In Washington For 2020

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.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best cities for singles in Washington.

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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 for 2020:

  1. Seattle (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Pullman (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Bellingham (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Tacoma (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Lakewood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Renton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Federal Way (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Ellensburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Kent (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Cheney (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So, what was the best city for singles in Washington? Seattle ranks as the best place for singles in Washington if you care about things singles care about like night life, affordable housing, and other singles.

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 Arlington.

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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The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Washington For 2020

Seattle, WA

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Population: 708,823
Median Age: 35.5
Married households: 10.0%
Households with kids: 19.7%
More on Seattle: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Seattle ) 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, 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 and Lake Washington, about 100 miles 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.

Review Of Seattle by HomeSnacks User

During the day the hustle of the city is never ending. Traffic is terrible and most days, assuming your commute is through downtown on I5, it takes you longer to get home than anywhere else in the state. However at night when the city is lit up and the weather is clear there is nothing else like it in the area. The Space Needle is lit up, the Ferris Wheel out on the pier and even watching the sound under a full moon doesn't have much competition to anywhere on that side of I5.

Favorite place is to drive along the I90 bridge after dark because there aren't any street lights. It's a floating bridge so you are just above the water and although it doesn't last long it is definitely a unique experience.

Pullman, WA

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Population: 33,050
Median Age: 22.0
Married households: 6.0%
Households with kids: 18.7%
More on Pullman: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

Bellingham, WA

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Population: 87,071
Median Age: 30.8
Married households: 11.0%
Households with kids: 20.7%
More on Bellingham: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Bellingham 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.

Review Of Bellingham by HomeSnacks User



Tacoma, WA

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Population: 210,103
Median Age: 35.8
Married households: 14.0%
Households with kids: 28.3%
More on Tacoma: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Tacoma 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 southwest of Seattle, 31 miles northeast of the state capital, Olympia, and 58 miles 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.

Review Of Tacoma by HomeSnacks User

Tacoma has definitely gotten better since the 90's-early 2,000's. But living over here on the eastside, theres still alot of violence you see/hear everyday. including gunshots everynow and then. Its just not like it was growin up back then.

I love the Point Defiance park and everywhere else on the northend of Tacoma. Its beautiful and a great place to take my son. Owens beach is there also. Things to look out for- honestly nothin really anymore if your not associated with any gangs or crimes or walkin by yourself at 11oclock at night. Not sayin its always safe, but you really dont need to be lookin over your shoulder anymore

Lakewood, WA

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Population: 59,606
Median Age: 35.9
Married households: 10.0%
Households with kids: 27.6%
More on Lakewood: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Lakewood is a city in Pierce County, Washington, United States. The population was 58,163 at the 2010 census.

Renton, WA

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Population: 101,054
Median Age: 36.0
Married households: 11.0%
Households with kids: 32.0%
More on Renton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Renton is a city in King County, Washington, United States. Situated 11 miles 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.

Federal Way, WA

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Population: 96,110
Median Age: 35.9
Married households: 11.0%
Households with kids: 34.8%
More on Federal Way: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Federal Way is a city in King County, Washington, United States. It is a coastal city inside the Seattle metropolitan area. Its southwestern boundary is NE Tacoma Puget Sound, to the south is the cities of Milton, then Fife, then Tacoma. It is bordered by Des Moines and Kent on the northeast, Auburn as well as the town of Lakeland North and Lakeland South in unincorporated King County on the east, Milton on the south, and Tacoma as well as Fife Heights and Dash Point in unincorporated Pierce County on the southwest. The population was 95,171 at the 2015 United States Census. Federal Way is currently the 9th largest city in Washington State and the 5th largest in King County, according to the Census Bureau's 2015 population estimate.

Ellensburg, WA

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Population: 19,799
Median Age: 23.7
Married households: 10.0%
Households with kids: 18.5%
More on Ellensburg: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

Kent, WA

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Population: 128,057
Median Age: 33.8
Married households: 11.0%
Households with kids: 37.7%
More on Kent: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Kent is a city located in King County, Washington, United States. It is the sixth largest city in the state and third largest in the county. Kent is in the heart of the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area, located 19 miles south of Seattle and 19 miles northeast of Tacoma. Incorporated in 1890, it is the second oldest incorporated city in King County, after Seattle. Kent's population as of April, 2010 was 92,411 according to the 2010 census. The total grew to an estimated 126,952 as of July 1, 2015, owing primarily to annexation.

Cheney, WA

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Population: 11,962
Median Age: 23.0
Married households: 10.0%
Households with kids: 21.1%
More on Cheney: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Cheney 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.

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 2014-2018 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 10,000 people. For washington, that meant a total of 80 cities. You can download the data here.

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

There You Have It - The Best Cities for Singles in washington for 2020

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. Arlington
  2. Ferndale
  3. Edgewood

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Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Washington

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Seattle, WA 708,823 35.5
2 Pullman, WA 33,050 22.0
3 Bellingham, WA 87,071 30.8
4 Tacoma, WA 210,103 35.8
5 Lakewood, WA 59,606 35.9
6 Renton, WA 101,054 36.0
7 Federal Way, WA 96,110 35.9
8 Ellensburg, WA 19,799 23.7
9 Kent, WA 128,057 33.8
10 Cheney, WA 11,962 23.0
11 Bellevue, WA 142,242 38.1
12 Redmond, WA 63,197 34.4
13 Kirkland, WA 88,079 37.7
14 Vancouver, WA 178,413 36.7
15 Oak Harbor, WA 22,820 29.6
16 Everett, WA 108,941 35.5
17 Wenatchee, WA 34,094 36.2
18 Kennewick, WA 80,204 33.0
19 Yakima, WA 93,416 33.6
20 Walla Walla, WA 32,731 35.1
21 Tukwila, WA 20,198 34.9
22 Mountlake Terrace, WA 21,106 37.1
23 Mount Vernon, WA 34,504 34.0
24 Sunnyside, WA 16,442 25.2
25 Grandview, WA 11,124 28.3
26 Bremerton, WA 40,220 33.4
27 Spokane, WA 214,804 36.1
28 East Wenatchee, WA 13,817 33.0
29 Lynnwood, WA 37,671 39.8
30 University Place, WA 32,907 37.4
31 Port Angeles, WA 19,615 38.1
32 Seatac, WA 28,925 34.9
33 Lake Forest Park, WA 13,378 44.6
34 Bothell, WA 44,994 37.6
35 Lake Stevens, WA 31,778 33.6
36 Auburn, WA 79,110 34.9
37 Des Moines, WA 31,518 39.7
38 Olympia, WA 50,836 38.3
39 Edmonds, WA 41,770 46.3
40 Burien, WA 51,326 38.0
41 Mukilteo, WA 21,264 44.4
42 Shoreline, WA 56,020 42.1
43 Kenmore, WA 22,546 38.7
44 Lacey, WA 47,852 35.3
45 Centralia, WA 16,932 37.5
46 Puyallup, WA 40,305 38.5
47 Spokane Valley, WA 96,070 37.7
48 Richland, WA 55,043 37.1
49 Woodinville, WA 12,026 38.1
50 Battle Ground, WA 19,932 32.2
51 Mill Creek, WA 20,164 39.1
52 Washougal, WA 15,484 39.7
53 Marysville, WA 67,567 36.1
54 Issaquah, WA 36,938 37.6
55 Bonney Lake, WA 20,313 34.8
56 Pasco, WA 71,858 29.4
57 Mercer Island, WA 25,492 46.0
58 Sammamish, WA 64,049 38.5
59 Newcastle, WA 11,559 38.7
60 Longview, WA 37,092 41.7
61 Maple Valley, WA 25,953 35.5
62 Sedro-Woolley, WA 11,579 34.3
63 Covington, WA 20,447 36.9
64 Moses Lake, WA 22,663 32.1
65 Port Orchard, WA 13,788 35.7
66 Monroe, WA 18,503 33.7
67 Kelso, WA 11,983 35.9
68 Aberdeen, WA 16,359 36.0
69 Enumclaw, WA 11,768 41.5
70 Poulsbo, WA 10,301 40.7
71 Camas, WA 22,615 39.6
72 Bainbridge Island, WA 24,060 48.9
73 West Richland, WA 14,187 36.2
74 Snoqualmie, WA 13,317 35.0
75 Tumwater, WA 22,500 36.7
76 Anacortes, WA 16,725 49.1
77 Lynden, WA 13,862 39.3
78 Edgewood, WA 10,599 44.3
79 Ferndale, WA 13,622 36.9
80 Arlington, WA 19,154 37.8

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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.

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One thought on “Best Cities For Singles In Washington For 2020

  1. Ha-ha. The list of best cities for singles here is hilarious. These are places I would never think of moving to. Are you kidding? Seriously Kent, Renton, Takoma, Lakewood and Spokane are s-holes. Let’s be serious. I wouldn’t even consider Seattle.

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