2022’s best & worst cities for singles

Finding love can be tough, especially during a year of high inflation that has left many people strapped for cash. The average date costs over $90 and 19% of people in Gen Z and 22% of millennials report going into debt for dates. Therefore, it certainly pays to live in a place where dating activities, such as dining out or watching a movie, are relatively cheaper.

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More entertainment choices and a low cost of living don’t matter much, however, if the number of potential mates to meet are limited in your area. Nearly 50% of the U.S. adult population is unmarried (never married, divorced or widowed), according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau estimates. The share may be higher or lower in an individual city, though, and the ratio of women to men also will differ in each. Some singles may boost their chances of meeting others through online dating, which got a boost in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To help America’s singles find love, WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities across 36 key indicators of dating-friendliness. Our data set ranges from the share of the population that is single to the number of online dating opportunities to the average price for a two-person meal.

Best Cities for Singles

Overall RankCityTotal ScoreEconomicsFun & RecreationDating Opportunities
1Seattle, WA64.7716772
2Madison, WI62.6280291
3Denver, CO62.05138193
4San Francisco, CA61.5317619
5Portland, OR60.321491310
6Minneapolis, MN59.24122335
7Austin, TX59.201071823
8Honolulu, HI59.15173237
9San Diego, CA59.01170914
10Atlanta, GA58.921471419
11Las Vegas, NV58.91151571
12Tempe, AZ58.74294624
13Reno, NV58.66543715
14Tucson, AZ58.32872335
15Boise, ID57.98464125
16Rapid City, SD57.81311222
17Missoula, MT57.412211312
18Pittsburgh, PA57.001052540
19Colorado Springs, CO56.97453844
20Manchester, NH56.921041294
21Portland, ME56.921412039
22Las Cruces, NM56.9138887
23Fargo, ND56.861113927
24Phoenix, AZ56.49566228
25Burlington, VT56.33127738
26Orlando, FL56.211436110
27Columbia, SC56.07607529
28Cincinnati, OH56.02852657
29Tampa, FL55.861211772
30Lincoln, NE55.80359231
31Wilmington, DE55.78115676
32Los Angeles, CA55.611791033
33Columbus, OH55.41304966
34Chicago, IL55.33177863
34Tacoma, WA55.331507111
36Chandler, AZ55.0828069
37St. Paul, MN54.91528336
38Salt Lake City, UT54.90713178
39Miami, FL54.851753107
40Boston, MA54.761801621
41Cedar Rapids, IA54.402314341
42Rochester, NY54.371484230
43Grand Rapids, MI54.28406673
44San Jose, CA54.151593926
45St. Louis, MO54.11893280
46West Valley City, UT54.103314816
47Fort Lauderdale, FL54.091561595
48Richmond, VA54.031005848
49Worcester, MA54.0111111417
50Sioux Falls, SD53.99613164
51Albuquerque, NM53.94733489
52Knoxville, TN53.57506876
53Garden Grove, CA53.451257043
54Glendale, AZ53.452811554
55Anchorage, AK53.381556920
56Tallahassee, FL53.285313846
57Lubbock, TX53.16917252
58Scottsdale, AZ53.139422115
59Des Moines, IA52.912414460
60Huntington Beach, CA52.681264762
61Juneau, AK52.6512811932
62Omaha, NE52.644351106
63Jersey City, NJ52.601525542
64Fayetteville, NC52.477814538
65El Paso, TX52.352540126
66Fontana, CA52.3311713045
67Mesa, AZ52.201085105
68Cheyenne, WY52.17716961
69Houston, TX52.001294477
70Washington, DC51.871811170
71Spokane, WA51.761135683
72Pearl City, HI51.6416914113
73Salem, OR51.5611612318
74Wichita, KS51.521516781
75Ontario, CA51.4812014734
76Aurora, CO51.467912159
77Raleigh, NC51.456548112
78Long Beach, CA51.441713547
79Lexington-Fayette, KY51.39729193
80Nashua, NH51.351913267
81New Orleans, LA51.2717212111
82Norfolk, VA51.191369749
83San Antonio, TX51.131026196
84Providence, RI50.951316478
85Buffalo, NY50.911186091
86Riverside, CA50.851379455
87Dallas, TX50.841445282
88Charleston, SC50.849921149
89Philadelphia, PA50.7916224109
90Cleveland, OH50.761307668
91Oxnard, CA50.6714511751
92St. Petersburg, FL50.648428138
93Santa Ana, CA50.571429058
94Corpus Christi, TX50.445814685
95Sacramento, CA50.4316527101
96Oklahoma City, OK50.313489117
97Nampa, ID50.286416650
98Milwaukee, WI50.261197987
99San Bernardino, CA50.1315712553
100New Haven, CT50.131619356
101Irvine, CA50.051546375
102Gilbert, AZ49.931105127
103Nashville, TN49.7710830132
104Fort Worth, TX49.645781119
105Springfield, MO49.6014159116
106Virginia Beach, VA49.499350128
107Billings, MT49.4637156103
108Fresno, CA49.4510310097
109Bismarck, ND49.4412168118
110Augusta, GA49.437618174
111Oakland, CA49.181743684
112Vancouver, WA49.0915859102
113Irving, TX49.049816165
114Overland Park, KS49.032184142
115Toledo, OH48.898313799
116Charlotte, NC48.885557148
117Jacksonville, FL48.637078134
118Anaheim, CA48.5611265113
119Santa Clarita, CA48.5015310188
120Oceanside, CA48.3110954130
121Tulsa, OK48.2732108144
122Kansas City, MO48.2377103123
123Aurora, IL48.1013413494
124Huntsville, AL48.0520136147
125Bakersfield, CA47.8386107122
126North Las Vegas, NV47.829015290
127Akron, OH47.7748150124
128Louisville, KY47.759772136
129Baton Rouge, LA47.48123116108
130Chula Vista, CA47.4616487100
131Indianapolis, IN47.416698143
132Amarillo, TX47.384173157
133Plano, TX47.321682162
134Moreno Valley, CA47.2114016086
135Fort Wayne, IN47.1631162137
136Stockton, CA46.9859149131
137Fremont, CA46.9513274121
138Baltimore, MD46.9316645125
139Detroit, MI46.43160120104
140Henderson, NV46.3582109135
141Newark, NJ46.23146104114
142Arlington, TX46.1868142141
143Bridgeport, CT46.0116311892
144Lewiston, ME46.0013514098
145Durham, NC45.8813111168
146Casper, WY45.7617174150
147South Burlington, VT45.7388153120
148Gulfport, MS45.7136178133
149Mobile, AL45.4126157164
150Huntington, WV45.2541165146
151New York, NY45.211824167
152Modesto, CA45.1791127155
153Columbus, GA44.7661180129
154Garland, TX44.6974154139
155Cape Coral, FL44.6175106159
156Peoria, AZ44.575124172
157Birmingham, AL44.53110133153
158Charleston, WV44.5339155158
159Chattanooga, TN44.4244126169
160Laredo, TX44.396395165
161Newport News, VA44.1396170140
162Rancho Cucamonga, CA43.99124122152
163Chesapeake, VA43.9669164151
164Greensboro, NC43.935177177
165Grand Prairie, TX43.38101151154
166Yonkers, NY43.3613399160
167Port St. Lucie, FL43.088163171
168Jackson, MS42.9847175170
169Little Rock, AR42.8995171163
170Pembroke Pines, FL42.7081102175
171Memphis, TN42.6492158166
172Santa Rosa, CA41.9917853161
173Montgomery, AL41.7827176174
174Columbia, MD41.7411486176
175Dover, DE41.71106179145
176Winston-Salem, NC41.5767135178
177Shreveport, LA41.5442177179
178Fort Smith, AR41.1562182156
179Hialeah, FL40.9413996173
180Brownsville, TX40.3318110182
181Glendale, CA39.8316843180
182Warwick, RI38.6849128181

Note: With the exception of “Total Score,” all of the columns in the table above depict the relative rank of that city, where a rank of 1 represents the best conditions for that metric category.

Best vs. Worst

  • Burlington, Vermont, has the highest share of single people, 74.83 percent, which is two times higher than in Fremont, California, the city with the lowest at 37.68 percent.
  • Glendale, Arizona, has the lowest average restaurant-meal cost, $30.00, which is 3.3 times lower than in New York, Irvine, California, Pearl City, Hawaii, and Santa Rosa, California, the cities with the highest at $100.00.
  • Indianapolis has the lowest average price for a bottle of wine, $3.68, which is four times lower than in Detroit the city with the highest at $14.74.
  • Port St. Lucie, Florida, has the lowest average price for a movie ticket, $6.43, which is 2.7 times lower than in Los Angeles and Long Beach, California, the cities with the highest at $17.40.