These Are The 10 Best Cities In America To Be Single For 2019


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.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our second time ranking the best cities for singles to mingle in America.

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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 Cambridge.’ Well, the authors of this blog have family in Massachusetts, and while there is a good quality of life in many parts, you gonna be cold.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology or check out:

How we crunched the numbers on the best cities for singles in 2019

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the 2013-2018 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.

The 10 Best Cities For Singles In America For 2019

Cambridge, MA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10
Population: 110,893
Median Age: 30.4
Married households: 32.4%
Households with kids: 18.1%
More on Cambridge: PhotosData

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.

Ann Arbor, MI

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10
Population: 119,303
Median Age: 27.5
Married households: 35.7%
Households with kids: 18.4%
More on Ann Arbor: PhotosData

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.

Minneapolis, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10
Population: 411,452
Median Age: 32.1
Married households: 30.8%
Households with kids: 21.2%
More on Minneapolis: PhotosData

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.

Berkeley, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10
Population: 120,179
Median Age: 31.0
Married households: 34.9%
Households with kids: 18.6%
More on Berkeley: PhotosData

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.

Arlington, VA

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10
Population: 229,534
Median Age: 34.4
Married households: 38.0%
Households with kids: 21.0%
More on Arlington: PhotosData

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!

Pittsburgh, PA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10
Population: 305,012
Median Age: 32.9
Married households: 28.0%
Households with kids: 17.1%
More on Pittsburgh: PhotosData

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.

Denver, CO

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10
Population: 678,467
Median Age: 34.4
Married households: 34.1%
Households with kids: 22.7%
More on Denver: PhotosData

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.

Rochester, NY

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10
Population: 209,463
Median Age: 31.7
Married households: 19.8%
Households with kids: 23.9%
More on Rochester: PhotosData

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.

Boston, MA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10
Population: 669,158
Median Age: 32.0
Married households: 27.5%
Households with kids: 20.4%
More on Boston: PhotosData

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.

Seattle, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10
Population: 688,245
Median Age: 35.7
Married households: 35.9%
Households with kids: 18.7%
More on Seattle: PhotosData

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.

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. Surprise
  2. Peoria
  3. The Woodlands

For more reading, check out:

Best Cities For Singles In America For 2019

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Cambridge, MA 110,893 30.4
2 Ann Arbor, MI 119,303 27.5
3 Minneapolis, MN 411,452 32.1
4 Berkeley, CA 120,179 31.0
5 Arlington, VA 229,534 34.4
6 Pittsburgh, PA 305,012 32.9
7 Denver, CO 678,467 34.4
8 Rochester, NY 209,463 31.7
9 Boston, MA 669,158 32.0
10 Seattle, WA 688,245 35.7
11 Madison, WI 248,856 31.0
12 Grand Rapids, MI 195,355 31.1
13 Atlanta, GA 465,230 33.5
14 Lowell, MA 110,964 33.3
15 Newark, NJ 282,803 33.6
16 Miami, FL 443,007 40.0
17 St. Paul, MN 300,820 31.5
18 Boulder, CO 106,271 28.6
19 Chicago, IL 2,722,586 34.1
20 New Haven, CT 130,884 30.7
21 Tempe, AZ 178,339 28.8
22 Washington, DC 672,391 33.9
23 College Station, TX 107,445 22.7
24 Fort Collins, CO 159,150 29.2
25 Syracuse, NY 144,405 30.6
26 Fargo, ND 118,099 30.3
27 Worcester, MA 184,743 34.2
28 Hartford, CT 124,390 30.9
29 Cincinnati, OH 298,957 32.4
30 San Francisco, CA 864,263 38.3
31 Dallas, TX 1,300,122 32.5
32 Tucson, AZ 530,905 33.4
33 Buffalo, NY 259,574 32.8
34 Los Angeles, CA 3,949,776 35.2
35 Philadelphia, PA 1,569,657 34.1
36 St. Louis, MO 314,867 35.2
37 Providence, RI 179,509 29.8
38 Columbus, OH 852,144 32.2
39 Gainesville, FL 129,394 26.0
40 Milwaukee, WI 599,086 31.3
41 Eugene, OR 163,135 34.1
42 Houston, TX 2,267,336 32.9
43 Long Beach, CA 470,489 34.3
44 Austin, TX 916,906 32.7
45 Elizabeth, NJ 129,363 33.9
46 Baltimore, MD 619,796 35.0
47 Richmond, VA 220,892 33.5
48 Portland, OR 630,331 36.8
49 Tacoma, WA 207,280 35.9
50 Columbia, SC 132,236 28.3
51 Lincoln, NE 277,315 32.4
52 Dayton, OH 140,939 33.1
53 Bridgeport, CT 147,586 33.8
54 Lansing, MI 115,222 32.3
55 Norfolk, VA 245,752 30.4
56 Oakland, CA 417,442 36.4
57 Allentown, PA 120,128 31.8
58 Baton Rouge, LA 227,549 31.1
59 Spring Valley, NV 195,646 37.5
60 San Diego, CA 1,390,966 34.3
61 Cleveland, OH 388,812 35.8
62 Hollywood, FL 149,750 42.1
63 East Los Angeles, CA 123,905 31.6
64 Pomona, CA 152,366 31.5
65 Alexandria, VA 154,710 36.4
66 Detroit, MI 679,865 34.7
67 Norman, OK 119,820 30.1
68 Fayetteville, NC 210,324 30.0
69 Tallahassee, FL 188,463 26.6
70 Costa Mesa, CA 112,930 34.5
71 Salinas, CA 156,811 30.2
72 Sunrise Manor, NV 193,854 33.1
73 Urban Honolulu, HI 350,788 41.4
74 Lakewood, CO 151,411 38.5
75 Huntington Beach, CA 200,415 41.9
76 Orlando, FL 269,414 33.3
77 Sacramento, CA 489,650 34.3
78 Odessa, TX 115,930 30.6
79 Fresno, CA 519,037 30.5
80 Las Vegas, NV 621,662 37.4
81 Lubbock, TX 247,323 29.4
82 Springfield, MO 165,785 32.8
83 Oxnard, CA 206,732 31.7
84 North Charleston, SC 108,186 32.5
85 Phoenix, AZ 1,574,421 33.3
86 Kent, WA 126,561 34.1
87 Paradise, NV 231,858 36.4
88 Knoxville, TN 184,465 32.6
89 Santa Ana, CA 334,493 31.0
90 New York, NY 8,560,072 36.2
91 Gresham, OR 110,336 35.7
92 Irving, TX 235,648 31.9
93 Des Moines, IA 214,778 33.9
94 Lafayette, LA 126,476 34.7
95 Santa Maria, CA 104,791 29.3
96 Paterson, NJ 147,890 33.1
97 Provo, UT 116,199 23.7
98 Columbia, MO 118,620 27.6
99 Omaha, NE 463,081 34.3
100 Fort Lauderdale, FL 177,175 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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