The 10 Best Cities For Singles In California For 2022


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.

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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 Orinda.

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 2022

Berkeley, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 123,065
Median Age: 32.1
Married households: 10.0%
Households with kids: 19.3%
More on Berkeley: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Santa Cruz, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 65,011
Median Age: 28.1
Married households: 14.0%
Households with kids: 21.5%
More on Santa Cruz: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Los Angeles, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,973,278
Median Age: 35.9
Married households: 9.0%
Households with kids: 28.6%
More on Los Angeles: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Emeryville, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 11,679
Median Age: 34.8
Married households: 8.0%
Households with kids: 10.4%
More on Emeryville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Santa Monica, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 91,600
Median Age: 40.5
Married households: 10.0%
Households with kids: 17.2%
More on Santa Monica: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

San Francisco, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 874,784
Median Age: 38.3
Married households: 9.0%
Households with kids: 18.5%
More on San Francisco: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Arcata, CA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 18,266
Median Age: 27.5
Married households: 11.0%
Households with kids: 14.8%
More on Arcata: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Watsonville, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 52,398
Median Age: 30.9
Married households: 11.0%
Households with kids: 48.2%
More on Watsonville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

San Mateo, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 103,619
Median Age: 37.8
Married households: 17.0%
Households with kids: 29.6%
More on San Mateo: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Long Beach, CA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 462,081
Median Age: 35.3
Married households: 15.0%
Households with kids: 30.3%
More on Long Beach: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Methodology: 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 2016-2020 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 Orinda is probably a bit on the boring side.

Summary: The Best Cities for Singles in California for 2022

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. Orinda
  2. Placerville
  3. Norco

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Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In California

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Berkeley, CA 123,065 32.1
2 Santa Cruz, CA 65,011 28.1
3 Los Angeles, CA 3,973,278 35.9
4 Emeryville, CA 11,679 34.8
5 Santa Monica, CA 91,600 40.5
6 San Francisco, CA 874,784 38.3
7 Arcata, CA 18,266 27.5
8 Watsonville, CA 52,398 30.9
9 San Mateo, CA 103,619 37.8
10 Long Beach, CA 462,081 35.3
11 Seaside, CA 34,063 33.8
12 El Monte, CA 113,917 35.6
13 Baldwin Park, CA 75,659 35.5
14 Paramount, CA 53,949 31.5
15 East Palo Alto, CA 29,448 32.4
16 Costa Mesa, CA 112,958 35.6
17 Davis, CA 68,640 26.2
18 Redondo Beach, CA 66,663 39.9
19 San Diego, CA 1,414,545 35.2
20 Mountain View, CA 80,104 35.2
21 Maywood, CA 27,127 31.6
22 Rosemead, CA 53,850 41.3
23 Tustin, CA 80,815 35.5
24 Parlier, CA 15,645 28.2
25 Inglewood, CA 109,309 37.1
26 Huntington Park, CA 57,761 31.7
27 Santa Barbara, CA 90,911 38.9
28 South San Francisco, CA 66,878 40.9
29 South Gate, CA 94,905 32.3
30 Hawthorne, CA 85,410 32.6
31 Bell Gardens, CA 41,770 29.6
32 Oakland, CA 422,575 36.6
33 San Luis Obispo, CA 47,402 26.7
34 West Hollywood, CA 35,506 38.7
35 Norwalk, CA 104,524 35.3
36 San Pablo, CA 30,959 33.1
37 Sunnyvale, CA 152,569 35.1
38 Oxnard, CA 207,722 32.8
39 Arvin, CA 21,220 24.7
40 Garden Grove, CA 172,800 39.0
41 Buena Park, CA 82,228 36.7
42 San Bruno, CA 44,663 38.8
43 South El Monte, CA 20,791 34.8
44 Cudahy, CA 23,606 29.1
45 Fullerton, CA 141,061 35.2
46 Lawndale, CA 32,533 34.8
47 Lynwood, CA 69,625 31.1
48 La Puente, CA 39,780 35.0
49 Orange Cove, CA 10,120 25.8
50 Escondido, CA 150,396 35.1
51 Bell, CA 35,301 31.8
52 Alhambra, CA 84,509 41.4
53 Azusa, CA 49,584 30.4
54 Santa Clara, CA 126,723 34.0
55 Vista, CA 100,659 33.9
56 Imperial Beach, CA 27,334 32.6
57 Santa Ana, CA 332,610 32.6
58 Bellflower, CA 76,339 34.7
59 Cerritos, CA 49,388 45.0
60 Stanton, CA 38,317 35.7
61 Sacramento, CA 503,482 34.9
62 San Jose, CA 1,029,409 37.1
63 Salinas, CA 156,177 31.0
64 Goleta, CA 32,142 35.6
65 Pomona, CA 151,124 33.3
66 Westminster, CA 90,857 40.7
67 Santa Maria, CA 105,528 29.0
68 Campbell, CA 42,891 38.9
69 Santa Paula, CA 30,297 32.4
70 Merced, CA 84,081 29.8
71 South Pasadena, CA 25,478 39.5
72 Anaheim, CA 353,085 34.8
73 Irvine, CA 272,694 33.8
74 Riverside, CA 327,569 31.8
75 Gardena, CA 59,401 40.5
76 Hayward, CA 158,817 36.0
77 El Cajon, CA 103,249 35.0
78 Reedley, CA 25,710 30.7
79 Orange, CA 139,322 36.2
80 Port Hueneme, CA 21,979 32.7
81 Compton, CA 95,804 31.8
82 Pasadena, CA 142,017 38.8
83 La Habra, CA 62,787 37.3
84 Covina, CA 47,787 37.5
85 Monterey, CA 28,575 36.9
86 San Gabriel, CA 40,108 43.4
87 Huntington Beach, CA 199,778 43.2
88 Hawaiian Gardens, CA 14,212 32.7
89 Oceanside, CA 175,694 37.1
90 Mendota, CA 12,173 24.9
91 Fresno, CA 526,147 31.4
92 San Bernardino, CA 216,784 30.9
93 Montebello, CA 62,697 36.9
94 Belmont, CA 26,963 39.3
95 Lemon Grove, CA 26,739 35.9
96 San Buenaventura (Ventura), CA 108,467 40.4
97 Glendale, CA 199,357 41.6
98 Signal Hill, CA 11,430 37.3
99 Jurupa Valley, CA 106,646 32.9
100 San Leandro, CA 90,489 41.1

How Is The Area In ?

Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best cities for singles in California.

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.

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