And if you’re a member of America’s Singles Club — comprising more than half of all adults today — this time of year is code for “You’re sad and alone.” But that cultural stigma is fading.
Of course, finding a significant other is easier said and done for the contestants of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette.” Most of us lack the luxury of Chris Harrison’s professional matchmaking skills to help us meet the most eligible, prescreened mate — with bonus cash to boot. We don’t guarantee you’ll find your soulmate, but if you live in or near one of the top cities for singles on our list, you’re much closer to a happily ever after than you think. Our data set ranges from the percentage of singles to the number of online-dating opportunities to the number of attractions in each city.
You can find the results, additional dating commentary from experts and a detailed methodology below. Many offer plenty of options for singles, whereas some are more conducive to other lifestyles.
So much of the advice about best cities for singles is about where single people can find other single people to marry and thereby become unsingle.
In every situation, cost and budget will play a key role in finding a mate.
We turned to a panel of experts for advice on money, examining the characteristics of a prospective city to call home and drawing singles to those areas.
Click on the experts’ profiles to read their bios and responses to the following key questions: What financial advice do you have targeted to singles?
Single people need to be especially mindful of money matters because they don't have a second income, such as the income of a spouse, to fall back on if something goes wrong.
Whenever some product or service is offered at a discount for couples, singles are paying more per person than married people are – essentially, single people with their one income are subsidizing married people who may have two incomes and one set of household expenses (rent/mortgage, utilities, etc.) Some of the ways that single people are disadvantaged are written right into our laws, as when single people have fewer tax breaks or protections.
The good part is that single people typically have complete control over their money and their financial decisions.