The 10 Best Cities For Singles In California For 2021


We used science and data to determine which cities in California 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 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best cities for singles in California.

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Are you trying to find love in California?

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 California, there's a pretty good chance there are a lot of singles in your area. The Golden 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 California? We've got the answers here.

So, what was the best city for singles in California? Berkeley ranks as the best place for singles in California 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 California? That would be Lafayette.

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 California or the safest places to live in California.

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The 10 Best Cities For Singles In California For 2021

Berkeley, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 121,485
Median Age: 31.1
Married households: 10.0%
Households with kids: 19.8%
More on Berkeley: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Santa Monica, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 91,577
Median Age: 40.1
Married households: 9.0%
Households with kids: 17.8%
More on Santa Monica: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Emeryville, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 11,899
Median Age: 35.8
Married households: 8.0%
Households with kids: 10.8%
More on Emeryville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Los Angeles, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,966,936
Median Age: 35.6
Married households: 9.0%
Households with kids: 29.3%
More on Los Angeles: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Bell Gardens, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 42,421
Median Age: 29.5
Married households: 6.0%
Households with kids: 56.9%
More on Bell Gardens: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Santa Cruz, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 64,522
Median Age: 28.8
Married households: 14.0%
Households with kids: 21.0%
More on Santa Cruz: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Huntington Park, CA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 58,353
Median Age: 31.3
Married households: 6.0%
Households with kids: 51.4%
More on Huntington Park: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

San Francisco, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 874,961
Median Age: 38.2
Married households: 9.0%
Households with kids: 18.7%
More on San Francisco: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Arcata, CA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 18,178
Median Age: 26.4
Married households: 11.0%
Households with kids: 14.5%
More on Arcata: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Cudahy, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 23,890
Median Age: 29.1
Married households: 8.0%
Households with kids: 54.2%
More on Cudahy: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

How do you determine which city is best for singles in California anyways?

To give you the places in California 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 Golden State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the 2015-2019 American Community Survey Census data produced for the state of California, 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 California, that meant a total of 361 cities. You can download the data here.

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

There You Have It - The Best Cities for Singles in California for 2021

If you're looking for a breakdown of cities in California 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 California according to the data:

  1. Lafayette
  2. Orinda
  3. Norco

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Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In California

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Berkeley, CA 121,485 31.1
2 Santa Monica, CA 91,577 40.1
3 Emeryville, CA 11,899 35.8
4 Los Angeles, CA 3,966,936 35.6
5 Bell Gardens, CA 42,421 29.5
6 Santa Cruz, CA 64,522 28.8
7 Huntington Park, CA 58,353 31.3
8 San Francisco, CA 874,961 38.2
9 Arcata, CA 18,178 26.4
10 Cudahy, CA 23,890 29.1
11 El Monte, CA 115,517 35.7
12 Davis, CA 68,543 25.5
13 Maywood, CA 27,332 30.1
14 Long Beach, CA 466,776 34.9
15 Costa Mesa, CA 113,159 35.2
16 San Diego, CA 1,409,573 34.9
17 Hawthorne, CA 87,107 33.2
18 San Mateo, CA 104,333 38.2
19 Paramount, CA 54,513 30.9
20 South Gate, CA 94,642 31.9
21 Orange Cove, CA 10,274 25.1
22 East Palo Alto, CA 29,593 30.7
23 Baldwin Park, CA 75,892 35.0
24 Fullerton, CA 139,611 35.4
25 Santa Barbara, CA 91,376 39.0
26 Norwalk, CA 105,304 34.9
27 Hawaiian Gardens, CA 14,337 32.4
28 Monterey, CA 28,352 37.8
29 San Luis Obispo, CA 47,302 26.7
30 Garden Grove, CA 173,258 38.5
31 Tustin, CA 79,863 34.4
32 Oakland, CA 425,097 36.5
33 West Hollywood, CA 36,450 38.7
34 South El Monte, CA 20,721 34.4
35 Pomona, CA 152,209 32.2
36 El Cajon, CA 103,186 34.0
37 San Fernando, CA 24,535 35.5
38 Inglewood, CA 109,613 36.1
39 Lawndale, CA 32,819 35.5
40 Santa Ana, CA 332,794 31.8
41 Rosemead, CA 54,282 41.9
42 Mountain View, CA 81,656 34.8
43 Lynwood, CA 70,635 30.0
44 San Pablo, CA 30,967 33.5
45 Mendota, CA 11,531 27.1
46 Alhambra, CA 84,647 40.9
47 Santa Paula, CA 30,098 32.1
48 Salinas, CA 156,143 30.5
49 Oxnard, CA 208,154 32.3
50 Stanton, CA 38,377 34.9
51 La Puente, CA 40,020 33.0
52 San Jose, CA 1,027,690 36.7
53 Watsonville, CA 53,800 30.6
54 Compton, CA 96,803 31.2
55 Anaheim, CA 349,964 34.5
56 Santa Clara, CA 127,721 33.9
57 Escondido, CA 151,300 34.4
58 Imperial Beach, CA 27,315 32.5
59 Redondo Beach, CA 67,423 40.7
60 Bell, CA 35,682 30.7
61 Seaside, CA 33,956 32.8
62 Arvin, CA 21,249 25.3
63 Sacramento, CA 500,930 34.5
64 Riverside, CA 326,414 31.6
65 Buena Park, CA 82,489 36.8
66 Sunnyvale, CA 152,770 35.3
67 Santa Maria, CA 106,224 29.3
68 Campbell, CA 42,221 38.6
69 Albany, CA 19,804 36.5
70 La Palma, CA 15,604 43.7
71 Orange, CA 139,887 35.2
72 South San Francisco, CA 67,408 40.4
73 Parlier, CA 15,312 28.9
74 Richmond, CA 109,884 36.0
75 Bellflower, CA 77,195 34.6
76 San Gabriel, CA 40,143 42.4
77 San Bruno, CA 43,083 39.3
78 Oceanside, CA 175,622 37.7
79 Montclair, CA 39,155 32.5
80 Hayward, CA 159,293 35.5
81 Huntington Beach, CA 200,259 42.4
82 Jurupa Valley, CA 105,653 32.1
83 Irvine, CA 273,157 34.2
84 Westminster, CA 91,137 41.8
85 Kerman, CA 14,816 27.7
86 Cupertino, CA 60,257 41.6
87 Goleta, CA 30,975 35.8
88 San Bernardino, CA 216,089 29.9
89 Azusa, CA 49,753 29.8
90 Monterey Park, CA 60,439 44.1
91 Reedley, CA 25,591 31.2
92 Montebello, CA 62,742 36.1
93 Gardena, CA 59,709 41.3
94 Port Hueneme, CA 22,156 32.7
95 Hermosa Beach, CA 19,539 39.3
96 Rialto, CA 103,045 30.5
97 Eureka, CA 26,966 38.0
98 Cerritos, CA 50,143 45.8
99 Fontana, CA 210,759 31.0
100 El Centro, CA 44,003 32.9

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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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

2 thoughts on “The 10 Best Cities For Singles In California For 2021

  1. Not sure what your standards are, but, Berkeley is a great city if you live in the Berkeley Hills, and Berkeley can be very expensive for what you get.

    Why would you rank Maywood #10, and you stated with a high population of immigrants and undocumented people. Why would a single person wants to get mixed up in that.

    Finally, San Francisco. It is Chinatown, and not China town. You failed to mention, San Francisco is very expensive city where price for an one bedroom, nice place, can start around $3000.00, unless you are planning to live unsafe area of the city.

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