Are you trying to find love in Wisconsin?
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 Wisconsin, there’s a pretty good chance there are a lot of singles in your area. The Badger 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 Wisconsin? We’ve got the answers here.
These are the best cities for singles in Wisconsin. Try not to jump in the car with a dozen roses:
- Madison (Photos)
- West Allis (Photos)
- Whitewater (Photos)
- Oshkosh (Photos)
- La Crosse (Photos)
- Sheboygan (Photos)
- Eau Claire (Photos)
- Green Bay (Photos)
- Platteville (Photos)
- Cudahy (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 Wisconsin? That would be Brookfield.
How do you determine which city is best for singles in Wisconsin anyways?
To give you the places in Wisconsin 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 Badger 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 Wisconsin, 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 Wisconsin, that meant a total of 83 cities.
Read on to see why Madison is the talk of the town while Brookfield is probably a bit on the boring side.
Median Age: 30.8
Married households: 35.7%
Households with kids: 22.4%
Madison is the capital of the U.S. state of Wisconsin and the seat of Dane County. As of July 1, 2016, Madison’s estimated population of 252,551 made it the second-largest city in Wisconsin, after Milwaukee, and the 82nd-largest in the United States. The city forms the core of the United States Census Bureau’s Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Dane County and neighboring Iowa, Green, and Columbia counties. The Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area’s 2010 population was 568,593.
2. West Allis
Median Age: 38.2
Married households: 35.0%
Households with kids: 24.2%
West Allis is a city in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States. A suburb of Milwaukee, it is part of the Milwaukee metropolitan area. The population was 60,411 at the 2010 census.
Median Age: 21.6
Married households: 29.7%
Households with kids: 20.7%
Whitewater is a city in Walworth (mostly) and Jefferson counties in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. Located near the southern portion of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, Whitewater is the home of the University of Wisconsin?Whitewater. As of the 2010 census, the city’s population was 14,390. Of this, 11,150 were in Walworth County, and 3,240 were in Jefferson County.
Median Age: 33.6
Married households: 35.1%
Households with kids: 25.1%
Oshkosh is a city in Winnebago County, Wisconsin, United States, located where the Fox River enters Lake Winnebago from the west. The population was 66,083 at the 2010 census. The city is located adjacent to and partially within the Town of Oshkosh.
5. La Crosse
Median Age: 28.4
Married households: 32.3%
Households with kids: 19.5%
La Crosse is a city in the U.S. state of Wisconsin and the county seat of La Crosse County. Lying alongside the Mississippi River, La Crosse is the largest city on Wisconsin’s western border.
Median Age: 36.5
Married households: 43.0%
Households with kids: 30.3%
Sheboygan is a city in and the county seat of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 49,288 at the 2010 census. It is the principal city of the Sheboygan, Wisconsin Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city is located on the western shore of Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Sheboygan River, about 50 mi (81 km) north of Milwaukee and 64 mi (103 km) south of Green Bay.
7. Eau Claire
Median Age: 30.9
Married households: 40.0%
Households with kids: 24.6%
8. Green Bay
Median Age: 34.0
Married households: 39.3%
Households with kids: 31.3%
Green Bay is a city in and the county seat of Brown County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin, at the head of Green Bay, a sub-basin of Lake Michigan, at the mouth of the Fox River. It is 581 feet (177 m) above sea level and 112 miles (180 km) north of Milwaukee. The population was 104,057 at the 2010 census. Green Bay is the third-largest city in the state of Wisconsin, after Milwaukee and Madison, and the third-largest city on Lake Michigan’s west shore, after Chicago and Milwaukee. Green Bay is home to the National Football League team Green Bay Packers.
Median Age: 22.4
Married households: 32.9%
Households with kids: 20.3%
Platteville is the largest city in Grant County in southwestern Wisconsin. The population was 11,224 at the 2010 census, growing 12% since the 2000 Census. Much of this growth is likely due to the enrollment increase of the University of Wisconsin?Platteville. It is the principal city of the Platteville Micropolitan Statistical area which has an estimated population of 49,681.
Median Age: 41.8
Married households: 42.5%
Households with kids: 26.0%
Cudahy is a city in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States, North America. The population was 18,267 at the 2010 census.
There You Have It – The Best Cities for Singles in Wisconsin
If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin according to the data:
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