These Are The 10 Best Cities In America To Be Single For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in America have the best set up for singles: no kids, no old people, and a lot to do.

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Are you single? Are you looking to mingle? Maybe both?

Or are you just nosey?

We’re all looking for love – or to be loved. And just because we aren’t getting married as often as we used to doesn’t mean we aren’t still dating. According to the United States Census, Americans are waiting until later in life to settle down. Why is that? Are we shedding the lifestyle that our parents lived. Or is it getting harder to find the right person?

Perhaps social media and dating sites are making it harder to settle down because there’s too many choices.

So, where are the best cities for single people in America? You may be surprised by the results. Especially if you live near one of these places and you’re always on the couch on a Friday night.

You’re probably thinking, ‘I better move to Ann Arbor.’ Well, the authors of this blog have family in Michigan, and while there is a good quality of life in many parts, you gonna be cold.

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How we crunched the numbers on the best cities for singles

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the 2012-2016 American Community Survey Census data, we looked at every single city in the nation with a population over 100,000. 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.

Read on to see why Ann Arbor, Michigan is the place to need to go if you want to find someone who is single.

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1. Ann Arbor, MI

Ann Arbor, Mi

Source: Public domain

Population: 118,087
Median Age: 27.5
Married households: 35.5%
Households with kids: 19.8%

Welcome to Ann Arbor, where you can’t help but to bump into single people every single time you go out.

Sure, it helps that it’s a college town, but come on – look at the numbers. Only 1 in 3 households is married and only 1 in 5 homes has a kid.

2. Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis, Mn

Population: 404,670
Median Age: 31.9
Married households: 30.5%
Households with kids: 23.9%

Minneapolis is a fairly densely-packed place where you’ll find lots of singles. It ranks in the top 10% for two factors: percentage of single households and for number of people who have never been married.

3. Cambridge, MA

Cambridge, Ma

Population: 108,757
Median Age: 30.5
Married households: 32.1%
Households with kids: 18.6%

People in Cambridge may be a little older than in some of the other cities on this list, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t fun. In fact, studies say people prefer dating someone who is more experienced, anyways.

If you live in Cambridge and you have kids, you’re certainly a minority.

4. Arlington, VA

Arlington, Va

Population: 226,092
Median Age: 34.1
Married households: 37.9%
Households with kids: 22.4%

Welcome to Arlington, where you should be meeting single people all the time. While the married percentage is higher than other cities, the average age isn’t too bad. Another bright side is the number of successful and educated people. That means that hot girl across the bar is a smarty pants, too!

5. Berkeley, CA

Berkeley, Ca

Population: 118,585
Median Age: 31.4
Married households: 33.8%
Households with kids: 19.1%

Of course, most of these cities are going to be college towns (or near college towns). So if you’re a 25-year-old looking to find someone new, you’d love a place like Berkeley. If you’re a 60-year-old looking for love, you’d better hope that there are some single professors around. Or, you’d better have some money.

6. Seattle, WA

Seattle, Wa

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Population: 668,849
Median Age: 35.8
Married households: 35.7%
Households with kids: 20.0%

With a city this big, you’d expect to find a ton of people out and about late at night. And you’d be right; not only are there a ton of places for singles to meet, there are a ton of single people filling them up.

If you’re married with kids in Seattle, you’re BORING.

7. Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh, Pa

Population: 305,305
Median Age: 32.9
Married households: 28.3%
Households with kids: 19.9%

What’s up with the lack of people having kids in Pittsburgh, anyways? Something to do with the weather? Here, you can’t blame a college for being the reason there’s so many young, unattached people. It’s just part of the culture. Don’t even think about hiding in the corner in a Pittsburgh bar. There’s too many people to hit on.

8. Boston, MA

Boston, Ma

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Population: 658,279
Median Age: 31.7
Married households: 26.9%
Households with kids: 23.2%

Boston has a lot going for it; besides a vibrant singles scene, there’s a ton of places to meet up. We’d be shocked if everyone wasn’t swiping right. Maybe one reason there’s so many people who aren’t married in Boston – everyone has an attitude. They can’t put up with one another for too long.

9. Denver, CO

Denver, Co

Population: 663,303
Median Age: 34.2
Married households: 33.9%
Households with kids: 25.8%

What isn’t there to love about Denver?

Just a bunch of nice people, right? If you live there, you’re certainly lucky, since there’s a lot of younger, successful people around who are most likely looking to score. Denver ranks in the top 5% for number of families without kids.

10. Rochester, NY

Rochester, Ny

Population: 210,291
Median Age: 31.3
Married households: 19.9%
Households with kids: 28.2%

What’s up with Rochester – there must be a bunch of single parents here, since there’s quite a few more households with kids than there are married couples.

That’s okay; no one said dating someone with kids was difficult. You just have to learn how to be…quieter at night.

There You Have It – The Best Places To Raise A Family In America

If you’re looking for the best cities in America where you can find single people – and likely someone to date – this is an accurate list. If you live in one of these places, get out there and find someone to make your night complete.

Here’s a look at the cities in America that are probably great if you like playing video games online by yourself:

  1. Odessa
  2. Rialto
  3. Knoxville

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Best Cities For Singles In America For 2018

City Rank Population Median Age
Ann Arbor, MI 1 118,087 27.5
Minneapolis, MN 2 404,670 31.9
Cambridge, MA 3 108,757 30.5
Arlington, VA 4 226,092 34.1
Berkeley, CA 5 118,585 31.4
Seattle, WA 6 668,849 35.8
Pittsburgh, PA 7 305,305 32.9
Boston, MA 8 658,279 31.7
Denver, CO 9 663,303 34.2
Rochester, NY 10 210,291 31.3
Atlanta, GA 11 456,378 33.5
Lowell, MA 12 109,871 32.9
Miami, FL 13 432,622 39.7
Madison, WI 14 246,034 30.8
St. Paul, MN 15 297,160 31.4
Grand Rapids, MI 16 193,887 31.1
Boulder, CO 17 105,420 28.7
Newark, NJ 18 280,139 33.0
Tempe, AZ 19 174,708 28.5
College Station, TX 20 104,684 22.6
Fargo, ND 21 115,950 30.5
Syracuse, NY 22 144,350 30.6
Washington, DC 23 659,009 33.8
Worcester, MA 24 183,677 34.0
Fort Collins, CO 25 157,251 29.3
San Francisco, CA 26 850,282 38.4
Providence, RI 27 178,851 29.4
Erie, PA 28 100,157 34.2
Chicago, IL 29 2,714,017 33.9
Austin, TX 30 907,779 32.4
Dallas, TX 31 1,278,433 32.5
New Haven, CT 32 130,405 30.7
Hartford, CT 33 124,320 30.6
Cincinnati, OH 34 298,011 32.3
Buffalo, NY 35 258,989 32.9
Philadelphia, PA 36 1,559,938 33.9
St. Louis, MO 37 316,030 34.8
Eugene, OR 38 161,649 33.9
Tucson, AZ 39 527,586 33.2
Lincoln, NE 40 273,018 32.3
Columbus, OH 41 837,038 32.1
Gainesville, FL 42 128,610 25.7
Los Angeles, CA 43 3,918,872 35.0
Milwaukee, WI 44 598,672 31.0
Houston, TX 45 2,240,582 32.7
Spring Valley, NV 46 190,661 37.5
Long Beach, CA 47 469,793 34.2
Richmond, VA 48 216,773 33.2
Portland, OR 49 620,589 36.8
Baltimore, MD 50 621,000 34.7
Norfolk, VA 51 245,724 30.2
San Diego, CA 52 1,374,812 34.2
Baton Rouge, LA 53 228,694 31.3
Elizabeth, NJ 54 128,042 33.3
Lansing, MI 55 114,773 32.0
Bridgeport, CT 56 147,022 33.2
Alexandria, VA 57 151,473 36.2
Norman, OK 58 118,974 30.3
Oakland, CA 59 412,040 36.2
Tacoma, WA 60 205,602 36.0
Cleveland, OH 61 389,165 35.8
Tallahassee, FL 62 188,466 26.5
Dayton, OH 63 141,143 33.3
Columbia, SC 64 132,537 28.2
Allentown, PA 65 119,624 32.3
Salinas, CA 66 155,889 30.1
Hollywood, FL 67 148,114 42.6
Fresno, CA 68 513,807 30.2
Manchester, NH 69 110,231 36.6
Costa Mesa, CA 70 112,439 34.5
Urban Honolulu, HI 71 349,597 40.9
San Bernardino, CA 72 214,581 28.9
East Los Angeles, CA 73 124,191 31.1
Santa Ana, CA 74 333,605 30.5
Lakewood, CO 75 149,793 38.1
Paterson, NJ 76 146,894 33.0
Pomona, CA 77 151,807 31.0
Phoenix, AZ 78 1,555,324 33.3
Pasadena, CA 79 140,268 37.7
Las Vegas, NV 80 613,295 37.4
Sacramento, CA 81 484,530 34.2
Pasadena, TX 82 153,286 31.2
Springfield, MO 83 165,138 32.8
Green Bay, WI 84 104,951 34.0
Detroit, MI 85 683,443 34.8
Kent, WA 86 125,492 34.0
Lubbock, TX 87 244,507 29.3
Orlando, FL 88 263,306 33.2
Toledo, OH 89 280,854 35.3
El Cajon, CA 90 102,894 34.1
Huntington Beach, CA 91 198,724 41.4
North Charleston, SC 92 106,113 32.2
New York, NY 93 8,461,961 35.9
Omaha, NE 94 443,072 34.2
Columbia, MO 95 117,165 27.4
Lafayette, LA 96 125,808 34.0
Riverside, CA 97 318,678 31.4
Knoxville, TN 98 183,927 33.0
Rialto, CA 99 102,418 29.2
Odessa, TX 100 114,258 30.8

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