Inaugural list identifies and ranks America’s top cities for singles
When choosing the best cities for singles, our editors started by looking at places where there are plenty of singles to choose from, looking at the percentage of unmarried people, the percentage of the population in prime marriageable age (20 to 34), and places where large percentages are living alone – all Census data. Our friends at Esri then helped us find places where people are doing single-ish things. These cities tend to have higher-than-average rates of people who go to art galleries, bars, nightclubs and pool halls. They have more residents who are likely to dance, sing karaoke and go to romance movies. We subtracted points for places where people play a lot of computer games (Get out of the house, people.) and added points for people using dating sites and apps.
Finally, our editors added in a couple of measures to find places that are good for everyone, like demographic diversity and cost of living.
“Some people want to stay single. Some people don’t,” says Livability editor Matt Carmichael. “These cities are great for people who are single, as well as those looking to find someone not to be single with.”
Ypsilanti is experiencing a surge of young, creative types, making it one of the best cities for singles, especially those who dig an artsy, small-town vibe. Singles far outnumber married people in Ypsilanti, and residents tend to use dating apps and online sites at a higher rate than most Americans. Ypsi’s primary entertainment districts – downtown and Depot Town – are filled with shops, restaurants, and bars, which make it easy to find places to meet new people or go on first dates. Newcomers often find it easier to break into the Ypsi dating scene by joining gyms, volunteering or attending club events like bike rides, fun runs and art events.
Top 10 Best Cities for Singles, 2015
- Carrboro, NC
- Hoboken, NJ
- West Hollywood, CA
- Oxford, MS
- San Marcos, TX
- Ypsilanti, MI
- Ames, IA
- Miami Beach, FL
- Athens, GA
- Moscow, ID