The Best Cities for Singles
Whether you are looking for the best singles vacation destinations or looking to relocate to a US city with more dating opportunities, this list highlights the cities in the US where you have the best chance of meeting singles.
How We Chose the Cities
We used Facebook tools to analyze the profiles of tens of thousands of users across the 50 largest cities in the US. Focusing on just users aged 20+ who specified their relationship status as single, we then compared the number of men and women to create a ratio of single men to single women in each city. Cities are then ranked based on the difference between single women and single men, allowing us to determine for each city how much it skews towards singles of each gender.
We'll start with the top 5 places for single women looking to meet single men, followed by the top 5 places for single men looking to meet single women.
The 5 Best Cities for Single Women
First up comes the cities where single men outnumber single women. These are the top five cities in the US where the ratio of single men to single women is the highest, giving you the best chance to meet single men.
Number 5: Austin, Texas
120 single men per 100 single women
Plenty of single men are turning up the heat and gathering in this liberal enclave in Texas. However, much of this ratio is attributable to the younger age groups where single men significantly outnumber single women. For those over the age of 50, the ratio of single men to single women drops off significantly, so while Austin is an ideal option for those looking to meet younger single men, those looking to meet senior single men might do better to look elsewhere.
Number 4: Denver, Colorado
125 single men per 100 single women
The mile-high city has attracted a fair amount of eligible single men to the foot of the Rocky Mountains. This city's ratio is driven by a large proportion of single men in the 30-50 age range, and while not performing as poorly as Austin for the over 50s, it still ranks lower for senior singles than others on this list.
Number 3: San Jose, California
132 single men per 100 single women
The influx of tech talent to Silicon Valley appears to have created a city that skews towards single men, specifically younger men—San Jose is one of the top performers when it comes to the ratio of single men to single women in the 20-40 age group.
Number 2: San Francisco, California
133 single men per 100 single women
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San Francisco is another city where the influx of tech workers has led to a significant skew in the single men-to-women ratio. However, in San Francisco, it would appear that the single men are predominately in the older generations, with San Francisco having the highest ratio of any city for single men over the age of 40.
Number 1: Seattle, Washington
134 single men per 100 single women
And the winner is... Seattle! The single men-to-women ratio is bolstered by the fact that for the 30-40 age group, Seattle has the highest ratio of any major US city by a huge margin, making this the ideal city to find hot single men in their 30s. A strong performance across every other age range means that the Emerald City takes the honors as the best city in the US overall for single women looking to meet single men.
The 5 Best Cities for Single Men
Next up, it's the cities where single women outnumber single men. These are the top five cities in the US where the ratio of single women to single men is the highest, giving you the best chance to meet single women.
Number 4 (tied): Nashville, Tennessee
105 single women for every 100 single men
The home of country music is also home to a disproportionate number of single women relative to single men. But the odds are specifically stacked in your favor in Nashville if you are looking to meet single ladies in their 20s, with Nashville having one of the highest single women-to-men ratios for this age range of all the cities analyzed.
Number 4 (tied): Atlanta, Georgia
105 single women for every 100 single men
The single women are steaming up the city of "Hotlanta," coming in tied 4th on our list. While not being ideal for those looking for older ladies (the ratio of single women over 50 is relatively low in Atlanta), the overall ratio is buoyed by the city having one of the highest ratios of single ladies in their 30s.
Number 3: Charlotte, North Carolina
106 single women for every 100 single men
The Queen City has rolled out the red carpet when it comes to the number of single women. While Charlotte performs relatively well in most age brackets, it is particularly favorable for those looking for ladies in their 40s, with this city coming top for this age range of all the cities we analyzed.
Number 2: San Antonio, Texas
108 single women per 100 single men
It's getting hot down south, with San Antonio coming in at number 2. San Antonio has a relatively high ratio of single women-to-men in all age ranges and performs particularly well for the possibility of meeting single ladies in their 20s.
Number 1: Memphis, Tennessee
110 single women per 100 single men
If you are looking for single ladies, then the data suggests you won't go far wrong with a walk-in Memphis, which tops our list as the best city for single men looking to find single women in the US. Memphis scores consistently high in all age brackets and is one of the highest on the list for meeting single ladies in their 30s. So, for single men looking for single women, Memphis should be near the top of your list!
How Does Your City Rank?
Now you know the best cities for singles in the US; maybe you'd like to see how your city stacks up in comparison. The table below lists the 50 largest US cities and gives each "single male-to-female ratio." The higher this number, the more single men there are relative to single women, meaning that there are more choices for single women looking to meet single men in those cities. A lower number indicates that there are more single women compared to single men.
|City||Single Male-to-Female Ratio|
San Antonio, Texas
Charlotte, North Carolina
New Orleans, Louisiana
Fort Worth, Texas
Raleigh, North Carolina
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Kansas City, Missouri
El Paso, Texas
Long Beach, California
Las Vegas, Nevada
New York, New York
Los Angeles, California
Colorado Springs, Colorado
San Diego, California
San Jose, California
San Francisco, California