Best Cities For Single Ladies Looking To Date — Based On Actual Data

Deirdre Kaye
·3 min read

Dating is rough. “Plenty of fish in the sea” just isn’t true — they’re all eels, sharks, or blowfish and not anything truly dateable. Even when you do finally stumble upon a “good one,” they’re usually taken or don’t swing your way (whatever your way may be). Then there’s the location factor. Some cities just don’t have many singles. Even in big cities, the numbers of singles start to diminish as you age.

However, if you’re in a smaller city or somewhere in the south or midwest, where people get married even younger, those numbers continue to shrink. We’re in no way suggesting you move if your only motive is a date: You’ll just be in a new city with no significant other or friends and family. But, if you’re already thinking a move is in order so that you can find better work or live in a more like-minded place, why not consider the dating pool, too?

Luckily for you, many people have done studies on the best places for singles. From the best towns for younger singles to the highest ranked dating spot based on votes from actual single women, there are so many factors to consider. Here’s what the research shows.

From WalletHub

In 2019, Wallet Hub did a few calculations to figure out the best city for women to date in. They compared not just the number of singles within certain cities. They also looked into how livable a city was and how expensive “going out” was in each place. They scored cities on the following three factors: Economics, fun/recreation, and dating opportunities. From those scores, they figured out an average. According to them, the best city for dating was Atlanta, GA which had an average or above average score in each of the three fields.

It’s important to consider, though, that not all cities were as evenly balanced. San Francisco came in third, but has an incredibly low economics score because cost of living is so expensive. Luckily, their high scores for fun/recreation and dating opportunities help balance them out. In the end, Wallet Hub’s top 5 cities were:

1. Atlanta, GA
2. Denver, CO
3. San Francisco, CA
4. San Diego, CA
5. Portland, OR

Best Places

Of course, WalletHub’s guide may not be definitive. If you’re asking yourself, “Where should I move if I’m single?” Best Places has it’s own suggestions. They teamed up with AXE Bodyspray to come up with their own list, where they compared things like population density, singles within the 18 to 24 age range and activities/dating venues per capita. According to their findings, if you’re between the ages of 18 to 24 (or dating people in that age range), these are the top five places to consider moving:

1. Austin, TX
2. Colorado Springs, CO
3. San Diego, CA
4. Raleigh/Durham, NC
5. Seattle, WA

Apartment List

Numbers are great. But, maybe the best way to go about finding your new dating scene is to consider what the locals are saying. Apartment List asked about 11,000 people how satisfied they were with the dating scene in their cities. According to actual residents surveyed, these are the five cities with the happiest singles:

1. Provo, Utah
2. Richmond, VA
3. Raleigh, NC
4. Bridgeport, CT
5. Knoxville, TN

Apartment List – Women Only

Apartment List actually went a step further in their research, though. While the cities are a list of cities both men and women are satisfied in, a female-only survey skews things another directions. When they compared the answers of only single women, the list looked like this:

1. Austin, TX
2. Minneapolis, MN
3. Columbus, OH
4. Charlotte, NC
5. Denver, CO

As an extra tidbit, the place where women were least happy with the dating scene is Kansas City, MO.

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