Best Places to Live

2015 10 Best Cities for Singles

Nearly three in 10 U.S. households now have exactly one person in them. One could argue that it is, therefore, a great time to be single. But not all cities are created equal for those looking to find someone – whether to marry or just be single together. With that in mind, Livability set out to find the best places for singles.
Note: we recognize that this list is more geared toward being young-and-single than old-and-single – that might be a list for another day.

How did we determine the ranking? We started by looking at places where there are plenty of singles to choose from, so we looked at the percentage of unmarried people, the percentage of the population in prime marriageable age, places where large percentages are living alone – that’s all Census data. Then we asked our friends at Esri to help us find places where people are doing single-ish things. These cities tend to have higher-than-average rates of people who go to art galleries, bars, nightclubs and pool halls. They have more residents who are likely to dance, sing karaoke and go to romance movies. Whether they do these things on dates or to learn what dating is like is open to interpretation. We subtracted points for places where people play a lot of computer games (Get out of the house, people.) and added points for people using dating sites and apps.

Finally, we added in a couple of measures to find places that are good for everyone, like demographic diversity and cost of living.

The result: 10 cities where it’s great to be single, but maybe good to find someone to stop being single as well. If that happens, you might someday need our Top 10 Best Cities for Families list, instead.

 

Ranking Criteria
Percentage of population who are unmarried
Percentage of population between 20-34
Use of online dating websites
Went dancing in the last 12 months
Watched a romantic movie in last 6 months
Visited a nightclub/bar in last 12 months
Went to an art gallery in the last 12 months
  • 10

    Moscow, ID

    Population: 24,688
    Brightrock Photography, Moscow Chamber of Commerce

    Singles in Moscow, ID have a relatively easier time meeting potential mates than those in other cities. This comes from the large number of unmarried residents and high percentage of the population who routinely go to art galleries, dance clubs and pool halls. These factors, along with a high quality of life, make Moscow one of the best cities for singles. Compared to the rest of the nation, singles in Moscow use online dating tools to a higher degree, but this city offers many ways for people to find romance.

    Ranked as one of 2014's best college towns, Moscow is surrounded by the forests, rivers and lakes, and scenery so gorgeous it was featured in National Geographic magazine. Amazing natural attractions make great places to meet new people and get to know a person better. The nearby Snake River offers swimming, boating and camping, while Elk Creek Falls and Hells Gate State Park give residents chances to hike in forested areas, fish for trout or go horseback riding. Singles in Moscow often join groups who go hiking, biking and rafting. Nearly 24 parks in Moscow provide plenty of opportunities to play sports, go for walks and possibly run into someone you want to get to know. Coffee shops, restaurants, art galleries and theaters line the streets in Moscow, offering great locations for first dates or places to look for personal connections. Music festivals, art walks and concerts occur throughout the year, giving residents chances to come together and enjoy picturesque surroundings.