The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Illinois For 2022


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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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 2022

  1. Urbana
  2. Chicago
  3. Glendale Heights
  4. Carbondale
  5. DeKalb
  6. Evanston
  7. Chicago Ridge
  8. Champaign
  9. Blue Island
  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 Frankfort.

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.

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The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Illinois For 2022

Urbana, IL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 42,461
Median Age: 25.0
Married households: 11.0%
Households with kids: 17.1%
More on Urbana: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Chicago, IL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,699,347
Median Age: 34.8
Married households: 14.0%
Households with kids: 25.4%
More on Chicago: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 33,863
Median Age: 34.3
Married households: 16.0%
Households with kids: 34.0%
More on Glendale Heights: Homes For Sale | Data

Carbondale, IL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 25,400
Median Age: 25.0
Married households: 10.0%
Households with kids: 15.4%
More on Carbondale: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Dekalb, IL

Source: Wikipedia User |
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 42,961
Median Age: 25.1
Married households: 17.0%
Households with kids: 25.9%
More on Dekalb: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Evanston, IL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 73,979
Median Age: 36.2
Married households: 14.0%
Households with kids: 26.4%
More on Evanston: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Chicago Ridge, IL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 14,028
Median Age: 35.7
Married households: 25.0%
Households with kids: 27.2%
More on Chicago Ridge: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Champaign, IL

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 88,288
Median Age: 27.3
Married households: 15.0%
Households with kids: 21.0%
More on Champaign: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Blue Island, IL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 23,160
Median Age: 35.9
Married households: 16.0%
Households with kids: 35.0%
More on Blue Island: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Berwyn, IL

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 54,850
Median Age: 35.6
Married households: 17.0%
Households with kids: 39.2%
More on Berwyn: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Methodology: 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 2016-2020 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 217 cities. You can download the data here.

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

Summary: The Best Cities for Singles in Illinois for 2022

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. Frankfort
  2. Morton
  3. Washington

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Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Illinois

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Urbana, IL 42,461 25.0
2 Chicago, IL 2,699,347 34.8
3 Glendale Heights, IL 33,863 34.3
4 Carbondale, IL 25,400 25.0
5 Dekalb, IL 42,961 25.1
6 Evanston, IL 73,979 36.2
7 Chicago Ridge, IL 14,028 35.7
8 Champaign, IL 88,288 27.3
9 Blue Island, IL 23,160 35.9
10 Berwyn, IL 54,850 35.6
11 Maywood, IL 23,351 37.4
12 Cicero, IL 81,471 31.7
13 Waukegan, IL 87,157 33.1
14 Summit, IL 11,171 32.3
15 Bensenville, IL 18,273 35.9
16 Carpentersville, IL 37,618 32.1
17 Wheeling, IL 38,684 38.4
18 Aurora, IL 199,326 34.4
19 Wheaton, IL 53,157 36.7
20 Charleston, IL 20,141 27.7
21 Rock Island, IL 37,651 35.8
22 Streamwood, IL 39,917 38.2
23 Melrose Park, IL 25,404 33.6
24 Bloomington, IL 77,725 35.5
25 Normal, IL 54,699 25.2
26 Bridgeview, IL 15,576 37.5
27 Woodridge, IL 33,443 37.5
28 Dolton, IL 22,487 36.7
29 Justice, IL 12,677 32.0
30 Forest Park, IL 13,808 39.6
31 Harvey, IL 24,295 34.5
32 Elgin, IL 112,062 34.9
33 Northlake, IL 12,235 37.7
34 Franklin Park, IL 17,779 37.3
35 Addison, IL 36,714 37.8
36 Hickory Hills, IL 14,253 36.9
37 Jacksonville, IL 18,784 37.1
38 Lyons, IL 10,338 36.4
39 North Chicago, IL 29,967 24.1
40 Chicago Heights, IL 29,598 35.4
41 Mount Prospect, IL 54,165 40.8
42 Lisle, IL 23,363 36.8
43 Macomb, IL 17,658 27.2
44 Morton Grove, IL 22,937 47.2
45 Peoria, IL 112,644 35.4
46 Palatine, IL 67,875 37.8
47 Villa Park, IL 22,087 37.2
48 Mundelein, IL 31,574 38.0
49 Carol Stream, IL 39,447 40.1
50 Niles, IL 29,198 47.6
51 Schaumburg, IL 73,392 38.5
52 Oak Lawn, IL 55,432 41.0
53 Hanover Park, IL 37,811 34.2
54 Riverdale, IL 12,530 32.2
55 Round Lake Beach, IL 27,313 33.5
56 Danville, IL 30,969 37.6
57 Bellwood, IL 18,799 36.1
58 Burbank, IL 28,447 37.8
59 Midlothian, IL 14,464 39.7
60 Prospect Heights, IL 15,986 38.7
61 Elmwood Park, IL 24,274 40.3
62 Kankakee, IL 25,818 35.8
63 Rockford, IL 147,441 37.8
64 Rolling Meadows, IL 23,288 38.0
65 Norridge, IL 14,465 46.6
66 West Chicago, IL 26,998 34.0
67 Darien, IL 21,843 44.9
68 Park Forest, IL 20,715 39.4
69 Richton Park, IL 13,381 42.1
70 Schiller Park, IL 11,499 41.6
71 Shiloh, IL 13,465 39.8
72 Lincoln, IL 13,742 39.0
73 Lombard, IL 43,755 37.7
74 Romeoville, IL 39,644 34.6
75 Joliet, IL 147,323 33.8
76 Hoffman Estates, IL 50,464 38.2
77 Oak Park, IL 52,102 40.6
78 Lincolnwood, IL 12,338 46.4
79 Westmont, IL 24,677 40.1
80 Worth, IL 10,544 42.2
81 Bolingbrook, IL 74,319 36.6
82 Wood Dale, IL 13,783 39.2
83 Belleville, IL 41,256 38.1
84 Moline, IL 41,213 39.6
85 Hazel Crest, IL 13,918 34.5
86 Oak Forest, IL 27,403 42.0
87 Des Plaines, IL 58,316 42.8
88 Warrenville, IL 13,137 37.8
89 Skokie, IL 63,300 42.9
90 Sterling, IL 14,774 42.0
91 Belvidere, IL 24,932 36.4
92 Zion, IL 23,677 33.0
93 Naperville, IL 147,734 39.1
94 Tinley Park, IL 56,082 40.5
95 Rantoul, IL 12,946 34.3
96 Markham, IL 12,401 32.0
97 Plano, IL 11,058 32.4
98 Pekin, IL 32,796 40.8
99 Glen Ellyn, IL 27,741 41.0
100 Arlington Heights, IL 75,071 43.4

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

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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