The 10 Best Cities In America To Be Single For 2021


We used science and data to determine which cities in America 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 to mingle in America.

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Are you single? Are you looking to mingle? Maybe both?

Or are you just nosey?

We’re all looking for love – or to be loved. And just because we aren’t getting married as often as we used to doesn’t mean we aren’t still dating. According to the United States Census, Americans are waiting until later in life to settle down. Why is that? Are we shedding the lifestyle that our parents lived. Or is it getting harder to find the right person?

Perhaps social media and dating sites are making it harder to settle down because there’s too many choices.

So, where are the best cities for single people in America? You may be surprised by the results. Especially if you live near one of these places and you’re always on the couch on a Friday night.

You’re probably thinking, ‘I better move to Cambridge.’ Well, the authors of this blog have family in Massachusetts, and while there is a good quality of life in many parts, you gonna be cold.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology or check out:

The 10 Best Cities For Singles In America For 2021

Cambridge, MA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10
Population: 116,632
Median Age: 30.5
Married households: 6.0%
Households with kids: 18.7%
More on Cambridge: Real Estate | Crime | Cost Of Living

People in Cambridge may be a little older than in some of the other cities on this list, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t fun. In fact, studies say people prefer dating someone who is more experienced, anyways.

If you live in Cambridge and you have kids, you’re certainly a minority.

Berkeley, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10
Population: 121,485
Median Age: 31.1
Married households: 10.0%
Households with kids: 19.8%
More on Berkeley: Real Estate | Crime | Cost Of Living

Of course, most of these cities are going to be college towns (or near college towns). So if you’re a 25-year-old looking to find someone new, you’d love a place like Berkeley. If you’re a 60-year-old looking for love, you’d better hope that there are some single professors around. Or, you’d better have some money.

Arlington, VA

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10
Population: 233,464
Median Age: 34.7
Married households: 4.0%
Households with kids: 22.2%
More on Arlington: Real EstateCost Of Living

Welcome to Arlington, where you should be meeting single people all the time. While the married percentage is higher than other cities, the average age isn’t too bad. Another bright side is the number of successful and educated people. That means that hot girl across the bar is a smarty pants, too!

Ann Arbor, MI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10
Population: 120,735
Median Age: 27.5
Married households: 12.0%
Households with kids: 18.6%
More on Ann Arbor: Real Estate | Crime | Cost Of Living

Welcome to Ann Arbor, where you can’t help but to bump into single people every single time you go out.

Sure, it helps that it’s a college town, but come on – look at the numbers. Only 1 in 3 households is married and only 1 in 5 homes has a kid.

Fort Collins, CO

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10
Population: 165,609
Median Age: 29.3
Married households: 9.0%
Households with kids: 26.6%
More on Fort Collins: Real Estate | Crime | Cost Of Living

Denver, CO

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10
Population: 705,576
Median Age: 34.5
Married households: 9.0%
Households with kids: 24.6%
More on Denver: Real Estate | Crime | Cost Of Living

What isn’t there to love about Denver?

Just a bunch of nice people, right? If you live there, you’re certainly lucky, since there’s a lot of younger, successful people around who are most likely looking to score. Denver ranks in the top 5% for number of families without kids.

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: Real Estate | Crime | Cost Of Living

Minneapolis is a fairly densely-packed place where you’ll find lots of singles.

It ranks in the top 10% for two factors: percentage of single households and for number of people who have never been married.

Boulder, CO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10
Population: 106,392
Median Age: 28.6
Married households: 4.0%
Households with kids: 18.7%
More on Boulder: Real Estate | Crime | Cost Of Living

Boston, MA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10
Population: 684,379
Median Age: 32.2
Married households: 8.0%
Households with kids: 21.6%
More on Boston: Real Estate | Crime | Cost Of Living

Boston has a lot going for it; besides a vibrant singles scene, there’s a ton of places to meet up. We’d be shocked if everyone wasn’t swiping right. Maybe one reason there’s so many people who aren’t married in Boston – everyone has an attitude. They can’t put up with one another for too long.

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: Real Estate | Crime | Cost Of Living

With a city this big, you’d expect to find a ton of people out and about late at night. And you’d be right; not only are there a ton of places for singles to meet, there are a ton of single people filling them up.

If you’re married with kids in Seattle, you’re BORING.

How we crunched the numbers on the best cities for singles in 2021

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the 2013-2018 American Community Survey Census data, we looked at every single city in the nation with a population over 100,000. 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. You can download the data here.

Read on to see why Cambridge is the place to need to go if you want to find someone who is single.

There You Have It – The Best Places To Raise A Family In America

If you’re looking for the best cities in America where you can find single people – and likely someone to date – this is an accurate list. If you live in one of these places, get out there and find someone to make your night complete.

Here’s a look at the cities in America that are probably great if you like playing video games online by yourself:

  1. Independence
  2. Broken Arrow
  3. Montgomery

For more reading, check out:

Best Cities For Singles In America For 2021

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Cambridge, MA 116,632 30.5
2 Berkeley, CA 121,485 31.1
3 Arlington, VA 233,464 34.7
4 Ann Arbor, MI 120,735 27.5
5 Fort Collins, CO 165,609 29.3
6 Denver, CO 705,576 34.5
7 Minneapolis, MN 420,324 32.3
8 Boulder, CO 106,392 28.6
9 Boston, MA 684,379 32.2
10 Seattle, WA 724,305 35.3
11 Miami, FL 454,279 40.1
12 Spring Valley, NV 207,127 37.3
13 Tempe, AZ 187,454 29.5
14 Lowell, MA 111,306 33.5
15 Washington, DC 692,683 34.0
16 Los Angeles, CA 3,966,936 35.6
17 Providence, RI 179,494 30.6
18 San Francisco, CA 874,961 38.2
19 Madison, WI 254,977 31.0
20 Rochester, NY 206,848 32.0
21 Portland, OR 645,291 37.1
22 Hollywood, FL 152,511 41.6
23 Elizabeth, NJ 128,333 34.5
24 East Los Angeles, CA 121,187 32.1
25 Tucson, AZ 541,482 33.7
26 Alexandria, VA 157,613 36.8
27 New Haven, CT 130,331 30.8
28 Las Vegas, NV 634,773 37.8
29 El Monte, CA 115,517 35.7
30 Atlanta, GA 488,800 33.3
31 Houston, TX 2,310,432 33.0
32 Pittsburgh, PA 302,205 32.9
33 Irving, TX 239,783 32.0
34 Chicago, IL 2,709,534 34.6
35 San Diego, CA 1,409,573 34.9
36 Gainesville, FL 132,127 26.3
37 Newark, NJ 281,054 34.4
38 Worcester, MA 185,143 34.7
39 Hartford, CT 123,088 32.1
40 Tacoma, WA 212,869 35.7
41 Sunrise Manor, NV 193,781 33.1
42 St. Paul, MN 304,547 32.0
43 Long Beach, CA 466,776 34.9
44 Columbia, SC 133,273 28.5
45 Dallas, TX 1,330,612 32.7
46 Paradise, NV 235,087 36.8
47 Eugene, OR 168,302 34.7
48 Hillsboro, OR 106,543 34.0
49 Phoenix, AZ 1,633,017 33.8
50 Costa Mesa, CA 113,159 35.2
51 Salinas, CA 156,143 30.5
52 Pomona, CA 152,209 32.2
53 College Station, TX 113,686 23.0
54 Colorado Springs, CO 464,871 34.7
55 Grand Rapids, MI 198,401 31.4
56 Urban Honolulu, HI 348,985 41.5
57 Allentown, PA 120,915 31.6
58 Fayetteville, NC 210,432 30.0
59 Santa Ana, CA 332,794 31.8
60 Syracuse, NY 142,874 31.2
61 Paterson, NJ 145,710 33.5
62 Oxnard, CA 208,154 32.3
63 Cincinnati, OH 301,394 32.2
64 Glendale, AZ 247,813 34.2
65 Norfolk, VA 244,601 30.7
66 Enterprise, NV 171,108 35.0
67 Norwalk, CA 105,304 34.9
68 Reno, NV 246,500 35.8
69 Austin, TX 950,807 33.3
70 Santa Maria, CA 106,224 29.3
71 Kent, WA 131,118 34.2
72 San Mateo, CA 104,333 38.2
73 Bridgeport, CT 145,639 34.3
74 Manchester, NH 112,109 36.0
75 Renton, WA 101,484 36.2
76 Fullerton, CA 139,611 35.4
77 El Cajon, CA 103,186 34.0
78 Riverside, CA 326,414 31.6
79 Milwaukee, WI 594,548 31.5
80 Oakland, CA 425,097 36.5
81 Garden Grove, CA 173,258 38.5
82 Clarksville, TN 152,934 29.6
83 Richmond, VA 226,622 34.0
84 Escondido, CA 151,300 34.4
85 St. Louis, MO 308,174 35.8
86 Santa Clara, CA 127,721 33.9
87 Rialto, CA 103,045 30.5
88 Columbus, OH 878,553 32.2
89 Provo, UT 116,403 23.6
90 Anaheim, CA 349,964 34.5
91 Baltimore, MD 609,032 35.4
92 Fargo, ND 121,889 31.0
93 Fontana, CA 210,759 31.0
94 Stamford, CT 129,309 36.9
95 San Bernardino, CA 216,089 29.9
96 Lincoln, NE 283,839 32.7
97 Tallahassee, FL 191,279 26.9
98 Philadelphia, PA 1,579,075 34.4
99 New York, NY 8,419,316 36.7
100 Westminster, CO 112,962 36.6

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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.