To put together our list of best cities for singles, we took into account income and living costs. The cities that made the final cut boast household income levels well above the Census Bureau average of $49,536. The cost-of-living score–derived from Council for Community and Economic Research data–indicates essential costs, including rent. A high score is acceptable as long as it’s offset by attractive incomes and a strong dating pool.
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We screened cities based on the percentage of unmarried households because many otherwise great places to live are heavily populated by happily wedded couples, not swinging singles. We limited our list to cities with unmarried households comfortably above the average of 49.4%.
Finally, we added what we dubbed a date-night tab: the average cost of two movie tickets plus a bottle of wine. Use the amount to budget for your next night out. Take a tour of our top-10 cities for singles.
10. Iowa City, Iowa
Metro population: 148,620
Unmarried households: 54.4% (avg.=49.4%)
Cost-of-living score: 101.7 (avg.=101)
Median household income: $51,226 (avg.=$49,536)
Date-night tab: $24.32
Iowa City boasts the highest share of singles on our list. Attribute that statistic to the sprawling University of Iowa, which enrolls nearly 31,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. But a strong economy and pleasant lifestyle draw newcomers to Iowa City, as well: Pearson, Oral B and Procter & Gamble all operate facilities in the area, income growth is a solid 3.8%, and unemployment is 4.3%. Moderate midwestern living costs mean that both residing and dating in Iowa City are comfortably cheap.
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