It may be wedding season, but why should couples get all the love this summer? Rent. is celebrating those who are flying solo with a countdown of the Top 10 Best Cities for Singles. Did your city make the list? There’s only one way to find out:
10. Chicago, IL
As the third most populous city in the United States, Chicago offers an abundance of activities for local singles to indulge in from dates over deep dish to boozing in the Headquarters Beercade. While it may have come in last on our list, it came in second for the most nightlife options index after New York City (869 out of 1,000) and it has the most affordable median rental rates. If you prefer the outdoors, head to the completely free Lincoln Park Zoo or the up the upcoming Taste of Chicago (debuting in July), a four day festival that showcases Chicago’s diverse dining scene while enjoying Grant Park’s magnificent lakefront view.
- Population: 2,703,788
- Single Adults: 23%
- Median One-Bedroom Rent: $1,150
9. Jersey City, NJ
Whether you’re admiring the picturesque view of the skyline at one of the chic restaurants downtown or taking advantage of the many free films offered at Films in Van Vorst Park this summer, the options are endless for creating a memorable date in Jersey City. Take advantage of the good weather when you’re wooing your guy or gal at one of the 1,550 acres of parks and open space available. Or show off your creative chops at the 300,000 square foot Liberty Science Center, home to 12 exhibition halls, a live animal collection with 110 species, giant aquariums, a 3D theatre, and the nation’s largest IMAX Dome Theatre.
- Population: 252,335
- Single Adults: 23%
- Median One-Bedroom Rent: $2,480
8. Portland, OR
If you’re more of a great outdoors person, head over to Portland’s Forest Park where you can stroll along 70 miles of walking and hiking trails while gazing at the view of Portland’s main waterway, the Willamette River. Or you can visit the scenic International Rose Test Garden, where you can walk through 7,000 luscious rose bushes for an afternoon of free, picturesque, and Instagram-worthy entertainment. Portland also has an amazing nightlife—especially if you’re a big fan of beer. The city is home to over 31 top-quality microbreweries, so make sure to hit the local pubs for a night out with your date.
- Population: 605,247
- Single Adults: 24%
- Median One-Bedroom Rent: $1,335
7. Minneapolis, MN
Relatively inexpensive cost of living and great rental rates make Minneapolis an incredibly affordable for singles! Pop out your headphones and enjoy music with your single friends at Minneapolis Music in the Parks. Scope out a potential mate through a stroll in the Sculpture Garden at the Walker Art Center or showcase your intellect with friends at trivia night at a local pub.
- Population: 389,314
- Single Adults: 25%
- Median One-Bedroom Rent: $1,395
6. Philadelphia, PA
The City of Brotherly Love is more than just cheesesteaks! Philadelphia boasts a plethora of dining options, bars, museums and historical hot spots. It known as a remarkably uncongested, walkable city, with a great bike share program—perfect for a night of hand-holding on a stroll through Rittenhouse Square neighborhood or Boathouse Row.
- Population: 1,543,884
- Single Adults: 26%
- Median One-Bedroom Rent: $1,295