The 10 Best Cities For Singles In North Carolina For 2021


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

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

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Are you trying to find love in North Carolina?

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

The 10 Best Cities For Singles In North Carolina For 2021

  1. Boone
  2. Chapel Hill
  3. Raleigh
  4. Carrboro
  5. Charlotte
  6. Morrisville
  7. Fayetteville
  8. Durham
  9. Elon
  10. Asheville

So, what was the best city for singles in North Carolina? Boone ranks as the best place for singles in North Carolina 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 North Carolina? That would be Summerfield.

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 North Carolina or the safest places to live in North Carolina.

For more North Carolina reading, check out:

The 10 Best Cities For Singles In North Carolina For 2021

Boone, NC

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 19,119
Median Age: 21.2
Married households: 6.0%
Households with kids: 10.9%
More on Boone: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Chapel Hill, NC

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 60,998
Median Age: 25.8
Married households: 5.0%
Households with kids: 25.6%
More on Chapel Hill: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Raleigh, NC

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 464,485
Median Age: 33.6
Married households: 12.0%
Households with kids: 29.4%
More on Raleigh: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Carrboro, NC

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 21,230
Median Age: 32.7
Married households: 5.0%
Households with kids: 26.4%
More on Carrboro: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Charlotte, NC

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 857,425
Median Age: 34.2
Married households: 10.0%
Households with kids: 30.7%
More on Charlotte: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Morrisville, NC

Source: Town of Morrisville
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 26,280
Median Age: 33.8
Married households: 5.0%
Households with kids: 46.7%
More on Morrisville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Fayetteville, NC

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 210,432
Median Age: 30.0
Married households: 11.0%
Households with kids: 30.8%
More on Fayetteville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Durham, NC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 269,702
Median Age: 33.9
Married households: 12.0%
Households with kids: 28.4%
More on Durham: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Elon, NC

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 11,516
Median Age: 22.0
Married households: 15.0%
Households with kids: 20.1%
More on Elon: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Asheville, NC

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 91,560
Median Age: 39.0
Married households: 12.0%
Households with kids: 21.5%
More on Asheville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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

To give you the places in North Carolina 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 Tar Heel 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 North Carolina, 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 North Carolina, that meant a total of 84 cities. You can download the data here.

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

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

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

  1. Summerfield
  2. Kings Mountain
  3. Tarboro

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Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In North Carolina

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Boone, NC 19,119 21.2
2 Chapel Hill, NC 60,998 25.8
3 Raleigh, NC 464,485 33.6
4 Carrboro, NC 21,230 32.7
5 Charlotte, NC 857,425 34.2
6 Morrisville, NC 26,280 33.8
7 Fayetteville, NC 210,432 30.0
8 Durham, NC 269,702 33.9
9 Elon, NC 11,516 22.0
10 Asheville, NC 91,560 39.0
11 Greenville, NC 91,921 27.3
12 Wilmington, NC 120,194 36.0
13 Cary, NC 166,268 39.9
14 Apex, NC 51,370 37.1
15 Goldsboro, NC 34,647 36.0
16 Greensboro, NC 291,303 35.1
17 Cornelius, NC 29,256 41.3
18 Matthews, NC 32,044 40.9
19 Winston-Salem, NC 244,115 35.5
20 Mooresville, NC 37,835 35.2
21 Pinehurst, NC 16,050 59.4
22 Indian Trail, NC 38,822 34.7
23 Salisbury, NC 33,727 37.7
24 Mount Holly, NC 15,610 36.7
25 Davidson, NC 12,735 37.2
26 High Point, NC 111,714 36.2
27 Jacksonville, NC 73,025 23.1
28 Spring Lake, NC 12,119 25.5
29 Lexington, NC 18,861 36.0
30 Monroe, NC 35,105 35.2
31 Garner, NC 29,462 37.6
32 Hope Mills, NC 15,769 33.2
33 Burlington, NC 53,063 38.9
34 Lincolnton, NC 10,832 37.7
35 Wake Forest, NC 42,111 36.7
36 Hendersonville, NC 13,908 52.1
37 Asheboro, NC 25,852 37.3
38 Huntersville, NC 55,980 37.4
39 Holly Springs, NC 34,874 35.5
40 New Bern, NC 29,895 40.4
41 Hickory, NC 40,634 38.1
42 Knightdale, NC 16,001 36.0
43 Lumberton, NC 20,928 34.9
44 Sanford, NC 29,456 34.1
45 Concord, NC 91,980 36.8
46 Kannapolis, NC 48,630 34.8
47 Havelock, NC 20,086 23.7
48 Kernersville, NC 24,576 42.0
49 Fuquay-Varina, NC 27,426 35.8
50 Leland, NC 20,294 46.2
51 Harrisburg, NC 15,806 36.7
52 Stallings, NC 15,554 39.8
53 Waxhaw, NC 15,237 37.3
54 Henderson, NC 14,948 35.9
55 Roanoke Rapids, NC 14,741 37.0
56 Clemmons, NC 20,313 41.0
57 Wilson, NC 49,272 38.6
58 Newton, NC 13,059 41.2
59 Gastonia, NC 75,887 38.4
60 Clayton, NC 21,681 34.4
61 Archdale, NC 11,510 42.7
62 Morganton, NC 16,481 40.7
63 Graham, NC 14,925 38.1
64 Southern Pines, NC 14,022 42.8
65 Mebane, NC 14,952 34.7
66 Statesville, NC 26,685 38.8
67 Laurinburg, NC 15,119 38.0
68 Eden, NC 15,055 43.1
69 Belmont, NC 12,054 34.9
70 Thomasville, NC 26,784 39.3
71 Weddington, NC 10,794 42.6
72 Mint Hill, NC 26,697 43.8
73 Kinston, NC 20,398 45.3
74 Albemarle, NC 15,980 40.2
75 Lewisville, NC 13,861 45.8
76 Rocky Mount, NC 54,548 39.4
77 Reidsville, NC 13,915 44.8
78 Mount Airy, NC 10,193 47.9
79 Shelby, NC 20,007 44.7
80 Smithfield, NC 12,400 44.9
81 Lenoir, NC 17,879 41.9
82 Tarboro, NC 10,915 42.2
83 Kings Mountain, NC 11,028 39.1
84 Summerfield, NC 11,151 43.3

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