Singles capitals of the U.S.
While studies indicate that millennials still value marriage, it’s clearly not as high on the priority list as previous generations. Not surprisingly, this has contributed to millennials pushing off marriage more than their parents and grandparents. Some contributing factors include education, finances, and career ambitions but the most cited reason is simply not having found the right person.
As this trend has emerged and technology has become ubiquitous, dating apps and websites have been on the rise as young singles attempt to find a partner. Yet, despite these trends, millennials still say they’d prefer to meet a new romantic partner spontaneously or through friends.
To see which cities around the U.S. give young singles the best chance of meeting a potential partner, ConsumersAdvocate.org looked to see where singles represent the largest percentage of the population.
Data is from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) 2015 release of 5-year estimates. The ACS reports marital status information only for individuals over the age of 15. Using this data, ConsumersAdvocate.org calculated Percent Single by dividing the “never married” population by the total population over the age of 15. For the purposes of this study, the total population over 15 is referred to below as the Total Adult Population. In the event of a tie, the city with the larger Total Single Adults population served as the tiebreaker. In order to be considered, a city must have a Total Adult Population of 500,000 or more.
10. Columbus, Ohio
Total Adult Population: 663,643
Total Single Adults: 292,470
Male to Female Ratio: 52:48
From a walk through Columbus’ North Market, where vendors sell everything from fresh produce to furniture, to its German Village and Botanical Gardens, there are no shortage of places to enjoy an outdoor date in Columbus, where 44.1 percent of the population is single.
9. Los Angeles
Total Adult Population: 3,194,156
Total Single Adults: 1,460,747
Male to Female Ratio: 53:47
Located right on the Pacific Ocean, LA’s beautiful weather, expansive restaurant selection, and – of course – theater and film scene provide endless locations for romantic activities. The “City of Angels” is the second most populous city in the US, with nearly 1.5 million singles calling it home.
8. Memphis, Tennessee
Total Adult Population: 517,946
Total Single Adults: 237,015
Male to Female Ratio: 50:50
Although one of the smaller towns on our list, Memphis still boasts a single population of nearly 250k single individuals. Often referred to as the birthplace of rock n’ roll, Memphis is a hotspot for music lovers.
Total Adult Population: 510,535
Total Single Adults: 265,233
Male to Female Ratio: 48:52
Located between New York City and Washington, D.C., some may say Baltimore is overshadowed by larger east coast cities. But if you’re single, don’t overlook this small but fun – and sometimes quirky – city. From strolls in Fell’s Point, Baltimore’s cultural hub, to paddleboarding in its more touristy (but still romantic) inner harbor, Baltimore has plenty to offer singles looking for great date spots.
Total Adult Population: 546,583
Total Single Adults: 297,563
Male to Female Ratio: 48:52
With an airport that’s among the most important hubs in the U.S., Detroit is best known as the center of the automobile industry. But it’s also a center for singles as well, with 297,563 singles in the city – 54.4 percent of its population.
Total Adult Population: 559,966
Total Single Adults: 315,208
Male to Female Ratio: 49:51
With more millennials than any other city in America, Boston is a singles capital for young individuals. One of the most historic cities in the nation, Boston is home to some of the country’s best schools and is bustling with arts and cultural programs that only college towns can offer. In Boston, singles account for more than 56 percent of the city’s population.