The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Massachusetts For 2022


We used science and data to determine which cities in Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts?

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

The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Massachusetts For 2022

  1. Cambridge
  2. Somerville
  3. Boston
  4. Lawrence
  5. Malden
  6. Chelsea
  7. Worcester
  8. Lowell
  9. Quincy
  10. Lynn

So, what was the best city for singles in Massachusetts? Cambridge ranks as the best place for singles in Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts? That would be Newburyport.

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 Massachusetts or the safest places to live in Massachusetts.

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The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Massachusetts For 2022

Cambridge, MA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 117,822
Median Age: 30.6
Married households: 6.0%
Households with kids: 18.3%
More on Cambridge: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Somerville, MA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 81,175
Median Age: 31.5
Married households: 9.0%
Households with kids: 15.9%
More on Somerville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Boston, MA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 689,326
Median Age: 32.4
Married households: 9.0%
Households with kids: 21.4%
More on Boston: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Lawrence, MA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 80,022
Median Age: 32.2
Married households: 6.0%
Households with kids: 40.8%
More on Lawrence: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Malden, MA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 60,710
Median Age: 35.1
Married households: 15.0%
Households with kids: 28.5%
More on Malden: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Chelsea, MA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 39,878
Median Age: 33.8
Married households: 5.0%
Households with kids: 35.6%
More on Chelsea: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Worcester, MA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 185,186
Median Age: 34.6
Married households: 13.0%
Households with kids: 26.7%
More on Worcester: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Lowell, MA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 111,311
Median Age: 33.8
Married households: 15.0%
Households with kids: 31.2%
More on Lowell: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Quincy, MA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 94,389
Median Age: 38.5
Married households: 16.0%
Households with kids: 21.8%
More on Quincy: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Lynn, MA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 94,201
Median Age: 35.3
Married households: 13.0%
Households with kids: 36.1%
More on Lynn: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Methodology: How do you determine which city is best for singles in Massachusetts anyways?

To give you the places in Massachusetts 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 Bay 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 Massachusetts, 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 12,000 people. For Massachusetts, that meant a total of 39 cities. You can download the data here.

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

Summary: The Best Cities for Singles in Massachusetts for 2022

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

  1. Newburyport
  2. Taunton
  3. Peabody

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Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Massachusetts

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Cambridge, MA 117,822 30.6
2 Somerville, MA 81,175 31.5
3 Boston, MA 689,326 32.4
4 Lawrence, MA 80,022 32.2
5 Malden, MA 60,710 35.1
6 Chelsea, MA 39,878 33.8
7 Worcester, MA 185,186 34.6
8 Lowell, MA 111,311 33.8
9 Quincy, MA 94,389 38.5
10 Lynn, MA 94,201 35.3
11 Waltham, MA 62,597 34.3
12 Everett, MA 46,275 35.1
13 Medford, MA 58,290 35.4
14 Revere, MA 53,400 39.2
15 Holyoke, MA 40,161 35.8
16 Springfield, MA 153,677 33.6
17 Salem, MA 43,350 38.2
18 New Bedford, MA 95,355 36.4
19 Fall River, MA 89,618 39.4
20 Brockton, MA 95,740 35.6
21 Fitchburg, MA 40,576 35.6
22 Woburn, MA 40,297 39.7
23 Chicopee, MA 55,186 41.3
24 Melrose, MA 28,054 41.7
25 Gloucester, MA 30,291 50.6
26 Attleboro, MA 45,023 40.1
27 Northampton, MA 28,552 40.0
28 North Adams, MA 12,897 45.1
29 Marlborough, MA 39,663 39.4
30 Haverhill, MA 63,783 38.4
31 Leominster, MA 41,581 41.5
32 Newton, MA 88,322 41.1
33 Pittsfield, MA 42,514 43.9
34 Gardner, MA 20,605 43.1
35 Westfield, MA 41,303 39.3
36 Beverly, MA 42,062 40.6
37 Peabody, MA 53,004 46.6
38 Taunton, MA 57,327 39.0
39 Newburyport, MA 18,197 45.9

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 Massachusetts.

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.

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