The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Minnesota For 2021


We used science and data to determine which cities in Minnesota 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 Minnesota.

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Are you trying to find love in Minnesota?

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

The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Minnesota For 2021

  1. Hopkins
  2. Minneapolis
  3. Mankato
  4. Richfield
  5. St. Paul
  6. Columbia Heights
  7. St. Louis Park
  8. Crystal
  9. Moorhead
  10. Fridley

So, what was the best city for singles in Minnesota? Hopkins ranks as the best place for singles in Minnesota 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 Minnesota? That would be Ham Lake.

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 Minnesota or the safest places to live in Minnesota.

For more Minnesota reading, check out:

The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Minnesota For 2021

Hopkins, MN

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 18,382
Median Age: 34.2
Married households: 15.0%
Households with kids: 21.8%
More on Hopkins: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Minneapolis, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 420,324
Median Age: 32.3
Married households: 14.0%
Households with kids: 22.8%
More on Minneapolis: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Mankato, MN

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 42,093
Median Age: 25.8
Married households: 20.0%
Households with kids: 24.8%
More on Mankato: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Richfield, MN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 36,063
Median Age: 35.7
Married households: 21.0%
Households with kids: 25.5%
More on Richfield: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

St. Paul, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 304,547
Median Age: 32.0
Married households: 16.0%
Households with kids: 31.1%
More on St. Paul: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Columbia Heights, MN

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 20,118
Median Age: 36.6
Married households: 20.0%
Households with kids: 26.7%
More on Columbia Heights: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

St. Louis Park, MN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 48,677
Median Age: 35.3
Married households: 23.0%
Households with kids: 20.8%
More on St. Louis Park: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 22,975
Median Age: 37.3
Married households: 24.0%
Households with kids: 27.4%
More on Crystal: Homes For Sale | Data

Moorhead, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 42,939
Median Age: 30.4
Married households: 19.0%
Households with kids: 30.5%
More on Moorhead: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Fridley, MN

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 27,668
Median Age: 35.5
Married households: 23.0%
Households with kids: 28.4%
More on Fridley: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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

To give you the places in Minnesota 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 North Star 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 Minnesota, 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 Minnesota, that meant a total of 97 cities. You can download the data here.

Read on to see why Hopkins is the talk of the town while Ham Lake is probably a bit on the boring side.

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

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

  1. Ham Lake
  2. Rogers
  3. Lino Lakes

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Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Minnesota

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Hopkins, MN 18,382 34.2
2 Minneapolis, MN 420,324 32.3
3 Mankato, MN 42,093 25.8
4 Richfield, MN 36,063 35.7
5 St. Paul, MN 304,547 32.0
6 Columbia Heights, MN 20,118 36.6
7 St. Louis Park, MN 48,677 35.3
8 Crystal, MN 22,975 37.3
9 Moorhead, MN 42,939 30.4
10 Fridley, MN 27,668 35.5
11 St. Peter, MN 11,854 31.3
12 North St. Paul, MN 12,406 34.9
13 Bemidji, MN 15,132 27.9
14 St. Cloud, MN 68,001 30.9
15 Austin, MN 25,114 37.3
16 Northfield, MN 20,347 27.2
17 Maplewood, MN 40,545 38.3
18 Winona, MN 26,854 29.7
19 Robbinsdale, MN 14,468 36.2
20 Brooklyn Center, MN 30,849 31.9
21 South St. Paul, MN 20,194 35.1
22 West St. Paul, MN 19,779 37.3
23 Duluth, MN 85,915 34.1
24 Apple Valley, MN 52,889 38.2
25 Brooklyn Park, MN 80,068 35.0
26 Rochester, MN 115,557 35.7
27 Little Canada, MN 10,451 44.4
28 Hutchinson, MN 13,914 38.9
29 Bloomington, MN 85,332 41.6
30 Worthington, MN 13,105 32.1
31 Anoka, MN 17,471 38.4
32 Willmar, MN 19,712 33.7
33 Marshall, MN 13,651 31.8
34 Sauk Rapids, MN 13,703 33.5
35 Mounds View, MN 13,094 34.8
36 New Hope, MN 20,925 39.4
37 Roseville, MN 36,026 40.9
38 Shakopee, MN 40,731 34.6
39 Eden Prairie, MN 64,179 39.4
40 Burnsville, MN 61,311 36.8
41 Alexandria, MN 13,554 37.5
42 Inver Grove Heights, MN 35,320 39.7
43 New Brighton, MN 22,556 37.5
44 Brainerd, MN 13,373 35.0
45 Coon Rapids, MN 62,517 39.4
46 Plymouth, MN 78,134 39.9
47 Lakeville, MN 63,915 36.6
48 Eagan, MN 66,379 38.2
49 Chaska, MN 26,371 36.2
50 Stillwater, MN 19,341 41.6
51 North Mankato, MN 13,778 37.5
52 Minnetonka, MN 53,025 44.4
53 Owatonna, MN 25,685 38.5
54 Savage, MN 31,254 35.8
55 Edina, MN 51,746 44.2
56 Monticello, MN 13,583 33.7
57 Blaine, MN 64,114 37.7
58 Waconia, MN 12,131 37.5
59 Faribault, MN 23,800 37.9
60 Oakdale, MN 27,963 39.6
61 Hastings, MN 22,738 39.8
62 Sartell, MN 18,005 33.7
63 Elk River, MN 24,522 36.3
64 White Bear Lake, MN 25,673 42.4
65 Golden Valley, MN 21,566 45.9
66 Woodbury, MN 69,906 37.1
67 Arden Hills, MN 10,293 35.9
68 Fairmont, MN 10,127 44.0
69 Ramsey, MN 26,638 35.8
70 Rosemount, MN 24,292 37.2
71 Cloquet, MN 12,005 35.6
72 Shoreview, MN 26,791 45.4
73 Buffalo, MN 16,210 36.5
74 Farmington, MN 22,869 33.7
75 Prior Lake, MN 26,365 39.5
76 New Ulm, MN 13,242 40.4
77 Champlin, MN 24,755 39.6
78 Forest Lake, MN 20,004 39.1
79 Mendota Heights, MN 11,289 51.2
80 St. Michael, MN 17,586 33.8
81 Albert Lea, MN 17,773 42.6
82 Fergus Falls, MN 13,707 42.9
83 Cottage Grove, MN 36,602 36.8
84 Red Wing, MN 16,338 42.7
85 Hugo, MN 14,767 35.7
86 Vadnais Heights, MN 13,444 43.3
87 Maple Grove, MN 70,627 40.0
88 Grand Rapids, MN 11,165 41.3
89 Chanhassen, MN 25,657 39.8
90 Andover, MN 32,733 39.9
91 Otsego, MN 16,763 34.3
92 North Branch, MN 10,454 38.1
93 Hibbing, MN 16,014 41.3
94 East Bethel, MN 11,870 40.1
95 Lino Lakes, MN 21,404 39.6
96 Rogers, MN 12,971 38.8
97 Ham Lake, MN 16,434 43.6

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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.