The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Washington For 2021


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

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Are you trying to find love in Washington?

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

The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Washington For 2021

  1. Seattle
  2. Ellensburg
  3. Pullman
  4. Tacoma
  5. Lakewood
  6. Bellingham
  7. Renton
  8. Kent
  9. Redmond
  10. Vancouver

So, what was the best city for singles in Washington? Seattle ranks as the best place for singles in Washington 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 Washington? That would be Arlington.

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 Washington or the safest places to live in Washington.

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The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Washington For 2021

Seattle, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 724,305
Median Age: 35.3
Married households: 10.0%
Households with kids: 19.5%
More on Seattle: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Ellensburg, WA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 20,167
Median Age: 23.5
Married households: 11.0%
Households with kids: 18.3%
More on Ellensburg: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Pullman, WA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 33,598
Median Age: 22.2
Married households: 6.0%
Households with kids: 19.1%
More on Pullman: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Tacoma, WA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 212,869
Median Age: 35.7
Married households: 14.0%
Households with kids: 28.6%
More on Tacoma: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Lakewood, WA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 60,111
Median Age: 35.7
Married households: 11.0%
Households with kids: 27.7%
More on Lakewood: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Bellingham, WA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 88,764
Median Age: 31.5
Married households: 12.0%
Households with kids: 20.1%
More on Bellingham: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Renton, WA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 101,484
Median Age: 36.2
Married households: 11.0%
Households with kids: 31.5%
More on Renton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Kent, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 131,118
Median Age: 34.2
Married households: 11.0%
Households with kids: 37.3%
More on Kent: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Redmond, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 65,558
Median Age: 34.5
Married households: 7.0%
Households with kids: 34.8%
More on Redmond: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Vancouver, WA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 180,556
Median Age: 36.9
Married households: 9.0%
Households with kids: 29.3%
More on Vancouver: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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

To give you the places in Washington 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 Evergreen 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 Washington, 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 Washington, that meant a total of 83 cities. You can download the data here.

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

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

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

  1. Arlington
  2. Lynden
  3. Edgewood

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Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Washington

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Seattle, WA 724,305 35.3
2 Ellensburg, WA 20,167 23.5
3 Pullman, WA 33,598 22.2
4 Tacoma, WA 212,869 35.7
5 Lakewood, WA 60,111 35.7
6 Bellingham, WA 88,764 31.5
7 Renton, WA 101,484 36.2
8 Kent, WA 131,118 34.2
9 Redmond, WA 65,558 34.5
10 Vancouver, WA 180,556 36.9
11 Federal Way, WA 96,526 35.8
12 Mountlake Terrace, WA 21,210 37.3
13 Kirkland, WA 89,438 37.4
14 Cheney, WA 12,165 23.1
15 Wenatchee, WA 34,188 35.5
16 Bellevue, WA 144,403 37.7
17 Oak Harbor, WA 23,089 29.7
18 Sunnyside, WA 16,559 25.4
19 Everett, WA 109,766 36.1
20 Kennewick, WA 81,479 33.7
21 Lynnwood, WA 38,143 40.2
22 Centralia, WA 17,216 37.8
23 Spokane, WA 217,353 36.2
24 Bremerton, WA 40,631 33.0
25 Kelso, WA 12,123 35.2
26 Tukwila, WA 20,196 35.0
27 Mount Vernon, WA 35,026 35.3
28 Yakima, WA 93,413 33.8
29 Olympia, WA 51,534 38.4
30 Seatac, WA 29,019 35.3
31 Des Moines, WA 31,734 40.5
32 University Place, WA 33,326 37.3
33 Lake Stevens, WA 32,487 34.7
34 Port Orchard, WA 14,062 35.7
35 Burien, WA 51,477 37.9
36 Grandview, WA 11,116 27.3
37 Walla Walla, WA 32,793 35.7
38 Spokane Valley, WA 97,562 37.9
39 Bothell, WA 45,749 37.1
40 Lacey, WA 49,248 35.2
41 Shoreline, WA 56,267 41.8
42 Shelton, WA 10,167 36.0
43 Richland, WA 56,399 36.9
44 East Wenatchee, WA 13,960 33.0
45 Marysville, WA 68,633 35.7
46 Edmonds, WA 42,040 45.9
47 Woodinville, WA 12,383 37.6
48 Auburn, WA 80,134 35.5
49 Kenmore, WA 22,724 39.2
50 Puyallup, WA 40,991 39.9
51 Maple Valley, WA 26,352 35.2
52 Issaquah, WA 37,965 37.6
53 Port Angeles, WA 19,832 38.9
54 Fife, WA 10,096 31.9
55 Mukilteo, WA 21,336 44.4
56 Sammamish, WA 64,674 38.7
57 Battle Ground, WA 20,406 32.0
58 Mercer Island, WA 25,675 46.0
59 Aberdeen, WA 16,456 36.2
60 Mill Creek, WA 20,553 38.3
61 Lake Forest Park, WA 13,430 43.9
62 Pasco, WA 72,899 29.5
63 Washougal, WA 15,769 39.4
64 Newcastle, WA 11,750 39.0
65 Covington, WA 20,825 38.3
66 Ferndale, WA 14,043 36.9
67 Snoqualmie, WA 13,480 35.0
68 Sedro-Woolley, WA 11,739 33.2
69 Longview, WA 37,520 41.1
70 Moses Lake, WA 23,056 32.2
71 Bonney Lake, WA 20,707 35.3
72 Monroe, WA 18,865 34.0
73 Bainbridge Island, WA 24,486 50.3
74 Enumclaw, WA 11,879 39.2
75 Sumner, WA 10,053 34.8
76 Poulsbo, WA 10,602 42.5
77 Camas, WA 23,200 40.2
78 Anacortes, WA 16,977 48.6
79 Tumwater, WA 22,974 37.2
80 West Richland, WA 14,495 36.6
81 Edgewood, WA 11,264 41.7
82 Lynden, WA 14,281 39.2
83 Arlington, WA 19,483 38.4

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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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