The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Virginia For 2021

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

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Are you trying to find love in Virginia?

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

So, what was the best city for singles in Virginia? Alexandria ranks as the best place for singles in Virginia 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 Virginia? That would be Staunton.

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 Virginia or the safest places to live in Virginia.

For more Virginia reading, check out:

The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Virginia For 2021

Alexandria, VA

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 157,613
Median Age: 36.8
Married households: 4.0%
Households with kids: 22.5%
More on Alexandria: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Charlottesville, VA

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 47,096
Median Age: 31.6
Married households: 10.0%
Households with kids: 21.9%
More on Charlottesville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Herndon, VA

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 24,532
Median Age: 35.6
Married households: 5.0%
Households with kids: 39.5%
More on Herndon: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Blacksburg, VA

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 44,303
Median Age: 22.0
Married households: 6.0%
Households with kids: 18.0%
More on Blacksburg: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Manassas, VA

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 41,174
Median Age: 34.2
Married households: 9.0%
Households with kids: 40.2%
More on Manassas: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Richmond, VA

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 226,622
Median Age: 34.0
Married households: 12.0%
Households with kids: 20.2%
More on Richmond: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Williamsburg, VA

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 14,927
Median Age: 24.9
Married households: 7.0%
Households with kids: 16.6%
More on Williamsburg: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Norfolk, VA

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 244,601
Median Age: 30.7
Married households: 12.0%
Households with kids: 29.6%
More on Norfolk: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Harrisonburg, VA

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 53,273
Median Age: 25.4
Married households: 9.0%
Households with kids: 29.8%
More on Harrisonburg: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Radford, VA

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 17,691
Median Age: 23.4
Married households: 12.0%
Households with kids: 19.5%
More on Radford: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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

To give you the places in Virginia 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 Old Dominion

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 Virginia, 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 Virginia, that meant a total of 38 cities. You can download the data here.

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

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

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

  1. Staunton
  2. Danville
  3. Martinsville

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Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Virginia

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Alexandria, VA 157,613 36.8
2 Charlottesville, VA 47,096 31.6
3 Herndon, VA 24,532 35.6
4 Blacksburg, VA 44,303 22.0
5 Manassas, VA 41,174 34.2
6 Richmond, VA 226,622 34.0
7 Williamsburg, VA 14,927 24.9
8 Norfolk, VA 244,601 30.7
9 Harrisonburg, VA 53,273 25.4
10 Radford, VA 17,691 23.4
11 Leesburg, VA 52,994 35.2
12 Falls Church, VA 14,128 38.7
13 Fairfax, VA 23,531 38.2
14 Winchester, VA 27,897 38.1
15 Newport News, VA 179,673 33.5
16 Manassas Park, VA 16,986 34.7
17 Hampton, VA 135,041 36.2
18 Fredericksburg, VA 28,622 30.4
19 Portsmouth, VA 95,097 35.3
20 Virginia Beach, VA 450,201 36.2
21 Vienna, VA 16,489 41.3
22 Lynchburg, VA 80,569 28.3
23 Roanoke, VA 99,229 38.5
24 Culpeper, VA 18,342 34.5
25 Petersburg, VA 31,362 38.1
26 Christiansburg, VA 22,163 38.9
27 Front Royal, VA 15,077 37.4
28 Hopewell, VA 22,456 36.2
29 Waynesboro, VA 22,140 39.2
30 Chesapeake, VA 239,982 36.9
31 Suffolk, VA 90,093 38.0
32 Colonial Heights, VA 17,428 40.6
33 Bristol, VA 16,912 42.2
34 Poquoson, VA 12,090 42.4
35 Salem, VA 25,317 41.2
36 Martinsville, VA 12,852 40.9
37 Danville, VA 41,070 40.9
38 Staunton, VA 24,432 42.8

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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.

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