Top 5 Best Cities for Singles

Top 5 Best Cities for Singles

June 11, 2014 | Best Cities, Best Cities and Neighborhoods

By Niccole Schreck

We’re continuing our countdown of the Best Cities for Singles. Did you miss the first half of the list? Check it out here.

 

These are the Top 5 Best Cities for Singles:

5. Seattle, WA

Best Cities for Singles - Seattle, WA

Arthouse – Seattle, WA

If you’re single in Seattle, there are plenty to places to meet someone new such as the Seattle dog park, old Ballard for nightlife or, of course, coffee houses. This hub of all things java, boasts an 817 out of 1,000 on the frequent coffee goer index, second only to the over-caffeinated city that never sleeps, New York. Coffee just not your cup of tea? Throw on a Seahawks jersey and head to a game. Tailgating is a great way to spend time with your single friends and maybe even meet someone new. 

  • Population: 627,704
  • Single Adults: 30%
  • Median One-Bedroom Rental Rate: $1,584

 

4. Boston, MA

Best Cities for Singles - Boston, MA

Radian – Boston, MA

While Beantown may be known for its over-zealous sports fans, it is also a great place for bachelors and bachelorettes. Overflowing with things to do like a bread bowl of chowdah, Boston is home to prestigious universities, vibrant culture and countless restaurants. The frigid winters are a great excuse to curl up inside with a Sam Adams and watch Tom Brady lead the Pats to victory, while the summers feature fun activities like the SoWa Open Market, one of the best people-watching spots in the city. 

  • Population: 632,091
  • Single Adults: 33%
  • Median One-Bedroom Rental Rate: $3,150

 

3. Washington, D.C.

Best Cities for Singles - Washington DC

The Belvedere, Washington, D.C.

The great American melting pot, Washington, D.C. is filled with ambitious, career-driven singles who know exactly what it takes to get ahead while still having a good time. Your social calendar may be overbooked with political fundraisers and corporate kickball games on the National Mall, but the nation’s capital is a great place to cast your dating ballot, even when Congress isn’t in session. Whether you’re looking for a summer fling or care more about the West Wing, Washington, D.C. is a great place for singles, regardless of your party affiliation.

  • Population: 623,996
  • Single Adults: 38%
  • Median One-Bedroom Rental Rate: $2,300

 

2. New York, NY

Best Cities for Singles - New York

Columbus Square – New York, NY

Whether you call it The Big Apple, The City That Never Sleeps or just home, New York City has something for everyone with the highest nightlife options and restaurant options indices (a perfect 1,000 out of 1,000 for both) out of all the cities on our list. Date options can range a low-key walk along the High Line and a slice of dollar pizza to a lavish night out at the opera. Thirty-eight percent of the population is single adults and the concrete jungle offers an infinite number of opportunities for people to meet “the one.” 

  • Population: 1,572,295
  • Single Adults: 38%
  • Median One-Bedroom Rental Rate: $3,800

 

1. San Francisco, CA

Best Cities for Singles - San Francisco

NEMA – San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, the epicenter of tech innovation, hundreds of dating apps and plenty of singles, is the best city in the country for singles. While it may be a little more expensive to live in the Bay Area, there are plenty of free recreational activities for singles to enjoy. And if you’re not into meeting your match online or becoming the next Tinderella, you can always strike up a conversation with someone new while hanging out at Dolores Park or grabbing your caffeine fix at Jane. With 39% of the population single and ready to mingle, San Francisco is a city where it’s great to be solo.

  • Population: 813,433
  • Single Adults: 39%
  • Median One-Bedroom Rental Rate: $2,920

 

Top 10 Best Cities for Singles – Infographic

Top 10 Best Cities for Singles Infographic

Methodology: Rent.com has assembled the Top 10 Cities for Singles with the help of New York based Onboard Informatics ©2014, the premier data and technology company. All demographic data provided by Onboard Informatics is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. This list is based on cities with more than 50,000 rental dwellings, a high concentration of single adults (20 years and older) and an overall population greater than 100,000. Single-friendly criteria that were considered included safety, nightlife activity, variety of dining, dining frequency and coffee shop density. These factors were ranked based on individual indices on a scale from 1-1,000. Cities with a safety index less than 500 were removed from the ranking. Rental data and median rental rates based on Rent.com data.

Lifestyle Indexes Defined:

  • Safety Index: Based on total crime risk for that city. This index uses weighted range measures to even out the top end of the index due to the open top bound / closed bottom bound nature of the total crime index it is based upon.
  • Lifestyle-Trend Focus Index: Based on activity indices and percentage of population participating in activities such as going out dancing, frequenting bars / lounges. Weighted index considering underlying behaviors such as: drinking micro or imported beer, eating / drinking away from home, going to clubs, dancing, listening to music, and attending concerts / live performances
  • Nightlife Options Index: Based on count of bars, clubs, lounges, etc. in or near the city. Considers the density of nightlife locations weighted by distance to city center.  Bars, lounges, discos, clubs, pubs, comedy clubs, live music venues and karaoke bars are considered.
  • Restaurant Options Index: Based on quantity of restaurants (non-fast food) in or near the city. Considers the density of restaurants – excluding fast food franchises – weighted by distance from the city’s center.
  • Frequent Restaurant Goers Index: Based on percentage of population regularly eating away from home. Based on Consumer Behavior activities index and applied to adult population (age 25+).
  • Frequent Coffee Shop Goers Index: Based on availability of coffee shops (as advertised in Yellow Pages) in or near the city. Considers the density of coffee, tea, espresso bars / shops weighted by distance from the city’s center

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