The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Illinois For 2021


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best cities for singles in Illinois.

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Are you trying to find love in Illinois?

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

The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Illinois For 2021

  1. Urbana
  2. Chicago
  3. Champaign
  4. DeKalb
  5. Glendale Heights
  6. Wheeling
  7. Cicero
  8. Blue Island
  9. Summit
  10. Berwyn

So, what was the best city for singles in Illinois? Urbana ranks as the best place for singles in Illinois 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 Illinois? That would be Campton Hills.

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 Illinois or the safest places to live in Illinois.

For more Illinois reading, check out:

The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Illinois For 2021

Urbana, IL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 42,718
Median Age: 25.1
Married households: 11.0%
Households with kids: 18.4%
More on Urbana: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Chicago, IL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,709,534
Median Age: 34.6
Married households: 14.0%
Households with kids: 26.3%
More on Chicago: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Champaign, IL

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 87,636
Median Age: 27.4
Married households: 15.0%
Households with kids: 20.8%
More on Champaign: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Dekalb, IL

Source: Wikipedia User |
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 42,908
Median Age: 25.0
Married households: 17.0%
Households with kids: 26.9%
More on Dekalb: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 34,079
Median Age: 33.6
Married households: 16.0%
Households with kids: 37.4%
More on Glendale Heights: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 38,499
Median Age: 37.5
Married households: 14.0%
Households with kids: 30.0%
More on Wheeling: Homes For Sale | Data

Cicero, IL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 82,330
Median Age: 30.5
Married households: 8.0%
Households with kids: 48.2%
More on Cicero: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Blue Island, IL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 22,611
Median Age: 35.7
Married households: 14.0%
Households with kids: 34.7%
More on Blue Island: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 11,260
Median Age: 32.0
Married households: 10.0%
Households with kids: 50.1%
More on Summit: Homes For Sale | Data

Berwyn, IL

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 55,407
Median Age: 35.1
Married households: 17.0%
Households with kids: 40.6%
More on Berwyn: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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

To give you the places in Illinois 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 Prairie 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 Illinois, 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 Illinois, that meant a total of 218 cities. You can download the data here.

Read on to see why Urbana is the talk of the town while Campton Hills is probably a bit on the boring side.

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

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

  1. Campton Hills
  2. Columbia
  3. Frankfort

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Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Illinois

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Urbana, IL 42,718 25.1
2 Chicago, IL 2,709,534 34.6
3 Champaign, IL 87,636 27.4
4 Dekalb, IL 42,908 25.0
5 Glendale Heights, IL 34,079 33.6
6 Wheeling, IL 38,499 37.5
7 Cicero, IL 82,330 30.5
8 Blue Island, IL 22,611 35.7
9 Summit, IL 11,260 32.0
10 Berwyn, IL 55,407 35.1
11 Rolling Meadows, IL 23,219 38.1
12 Maywood, IL 23,578 37.9
13 Evanston, IL 74,587 36.1
14 Melrose Park, IL 25,605 33.1
15 Carpentersville, IL 37,872 30.0
16 Lisle, IL 23,431 36.9
17 Carbondale, IL 25,597 24.4
18 Palatine, IL 68,407 38.2
19 Waukegan, IL 87,297 32.3
20 Chicago Ridge, IL 14,153 34.8
21 Aurora, IL 199,927 33.9
22 River Grove, IL 10,076 37.5
23 Midlothian, IL 14,595 38.8
24 Lyons, IL 10,470 34.5
25 Charleston, IL 20,464 26.5
26 Bensenville, IL 18,281 36.1
27 Streamwood, IL 39,809 38.7
28 Franklin Park, IL 17,956 39.1
29 Normal, IL 54,891 24.6
30 Round Lake Beach, IL 27,507 33.0
31 Rock Island, IL 38,111 36.0
32 Forest Park, IL 13,927 39.5
33 Macomb, IL 17,857 25.9
34 Wheaton, IL 53,270 37.3
35 Bloomington, IL 78,015 35.0
36 Addison, IL 36,896 36.2
37 Elgin, IL 112,653 35.0
38 Woodridge, IL 33,455 38.1
39 Hanover Park, IL 37,984 33.8
40 Burbank, IL 28,729 37.8
41 Morton Grove, IL 23,089 47.8
42 Villa Park, IL 21,916 37.7
43 Hickory Hills, IL 13,816 38.5
44 Danville, IL 31,246 36.4
45 Niles, IL 29,451 48.4
46 Lombard, IL 43,998 37.7
47 Jacksonville, IL 18,859 37.3
48 Northlake, IL 12,290 37.0
49 Schiller Park, IL 11,621 41.0
50 Peoria, IL 113,532 35.2
51 Bridgeview, IL 16,124 36.2
52 Schaumburg, IL 74,194 38.5
53 Bellwood, IL 18,996 36.5
54 Harvey, IL 24,386 35.2
55 Warrenville, IL 13,158 37.9
56 Mundelein, IL 31,587 37.2
57 Wood Dale, IL 13,796 41.7
58 Dolton, IL 22,737 36.6
59 North Chicago, IL 29,971 24.1
60 Westmont, IL 24,931 39.6
61 Fairview Heights, IL 16,125 40.0
62 Oak Lawn, IL 55,936 40.8
63 Grayslake, IL 20,720 36.7
64 Justice, IL 12,800 32.8
65 Mount Prospect, IL 54,604 40.4
66 Alsip, IL 19,022 36.9
67 Kankakee, IL 25,830 35.4
68 Roselle, IL 22,754 40.4
69 Worth, IL 10,633 41.8
70 East St. Louis, IL 26,543 37.4
71 Elmwood Park, IL 24,468 39.9
72 Chicago Heights, IL 29,856 33.8
73 Des Plaines, IL 58,673 43.3
74 Riverdale, IL 12,793 33.6
75 Rockford, IL 147,070 37.2
76 Skokie, IL 63,821 43.7
77 Lincoln, IL 13,652 38.7
78 Park Forest, IL 21,563 39.3
79 Oak Park, IL 52,233 39.8
80 Bolingbrook, IL 74,431 36.2
81 Norridge, IL 14,703 46.8
82 Moline, IL 41,920 39.9
83 Belleville, IL 41,585 36.9
84 Richton Park, IL 13,504 41.4
85 Carol Stream, IL 39,726 38.4
86 Joliet, IL 147,826 33.8
87 West Chicago, IL 27,180 34.0
88 Vernon Hills, IL 26,343 39.1
89 Bourbonnais, IL 19,653 34.4
90 Hazel Crest, IL 13,549 38.6
91 Zion, IL 23,858 32.1
92 Prospect Heights, IL 16,137 38.2
93 Arlington Heights, IL 75,482 44.5
94 Romeoville, IL 39,666 34.6
95 Wauconda, IL 13,655 38.4
96 Naperville, IL 147,501 39.1
97 Lincolnwood, IL 12,434 46.6
98 Shiloh, IL 13,482 40.1
99 Markham, IL 12,493 37.5
100 Beach Park, IL 13,181 37.4

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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.