Dating

Chapel Hill named best city for singles in NC

Posted February 12

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Finding your soul mate (if you believe in that sort of thing) is one of the most daunting tasks we face. From the big-picture qualities you're looking for — like personality, values and long-term goals — to the circumstantial factors like proximity, current emotional capacity and readiness to commit, it can seem nearly impossible to find someone to date, let alone consider a future with.

Geography, too, plays a significant role in finding the right match. If you live in a city with fewer people in your age range, you might find it tougher to find a mate. However charming it is to live in a small town, they often offer a minuscule dating pool.

FindTheHome wanted to identify where singles should be living for both the opportunity to find a partner and plenty of fun date activities. To do this, we consulted Dun and Bradstreet data and compiled a singles index that aggregated the following:

  • Percentage of people who've never been married.
  • Restaurants per 10K people.
  • Movie theaters per 10K people.
  • Bars per 10K people.
  • Museums, zoos and botantical gardens per 10K people.
  • WalkIQ, which measures the walkability of an area.

Cities had to have a population of 25,000 people to be considered in the rankings. Many of these cities are college towns, where the population is inherently younger and less likely to be previously married.

Note: Index factors were omitted for cities where the value equals zero.

North Carolina: Chapel Hill

Caroline Culler (User:Wgreaves) / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 84.1
Population: 58,058
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 54.3%
Restaurants per 10K People: 36.3
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 1.6
Bars per 10K People: 5.4
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 1.6
WalkIQ: 71

Alabama: Auburn

J. Glover (AUtiger) / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 83.9
Population: 55,404
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 58.7%
Restaurants per 10K People: 29.8
Bars per 10K People: 3.3
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 0.9
WalkIQ: 45

Alaska: Fairbanks

Igor Filippov / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 80.7
Population: 31,891
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 35.3%
Restaurants per 10K People: 37.9
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 0.3
Bars per 10K People: 9.4
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 2.8
WalkIQ: 58

Arizona: Tempe

Xnatedawgx / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 84.6
Population: 164,742
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 54.5%
Restaurants per 10K People: 42
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 0.2
Bars per 10K People: 6.4
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 0.8
WalkIQ: 87

Arkansas: Fayetteville

Brandonrush / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 82.2
Population: 75,602
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 46.7%
Restaurants per 10K People: 38.9
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 0.7
Bars per 10K People: 6.4
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 0.8
WalkIQ: 48

California: West Hollywood

Greenmnm69 assumed (based on copyright claims) / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 86
Population: 34,709
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 60.5%
Restaurants per 10K People: 76.1
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 2.3
Bars per 10K People: 18.2
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 5.2
WalkIQ: 99

Colorado: Boulder

Hustvedt / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 84.7
Population: 100,363
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 55.3%
Restaurants per 10K People: 44.6
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 0.5
Bars per 10K People: 7.1
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 1.7
WalkIQ: 87

Connecticut: Hartford

Daderot / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 85.1
Population: 125,130
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 56.4%
Restaurants per 10K People: 31.2
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 0.8
Bars per 10K People: 5.8
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 1.4
WalkIQ: 93

Delaware: Newark

PookieFugglestein / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 84.6
Population: 31,953
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 62.5%
Restaurants per 10K People: 34.4
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 0.3
Bars per 10K People: 3.5
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 1.6
WalkIQ: 47

Florida: University

WillMcC / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 86.5
Population: 28,939
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 75.1%
Restaurants per 10K People: 34.9
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 0.3
Bars per 10K People: 3.6
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 0.3
WalkIQ: 46

Georgia: Statesboro

Eaglefan7385 / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 86.6
Population: 29,128
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 72.2%
Restaurants per 10K People: 50.5
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 1
Bars per 10K People: 3.4
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 0.3
WalkIQ: 65

Hawaii: Urban Honolulu

ErgoSum88 / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 82.2
Population: 340,639
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 36.4%
Restaurants per 10K People: 46.9
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 0.3
Bars per 10K People: 8.2
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 1.4
WalkIQ: 99

Idaho: Rexburg

Andyknelson (talk)andyknelson / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 82.3
Population: 25,900
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 46%
Restaurants per 10K People: 18.1
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 0
Bars per 10K People: 0.8
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 1.2
WalkIQ: 55

Illinois: Carbondale

Explorecdale / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 86.4
Population: 26,223
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 69.9%
Restaurants per 10K People: 34.7
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 1.5
Bars per 10K People: 9
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 2.7
WalkIQ: 67

Indiana: Bloomington

Nyttend / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 85.6
Population: 81,115
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 64.2%
Restaurants per 10K People: 31.9
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 0.5
Bars per 10K People: 3.6
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 1.5
WalkIQ: 71

Iowa: Ames

Cade Ullerich (Cadeseth at en.wikipedia) / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 84.1
Population: 60,168
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 59.6%
Restaurants per 10K People: 26.6
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 0.2
Bars per 10K People: 5
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 0.5
WalkIQ: 46

Kansas: Manhattan

Kevin Zollman Kzollman / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 83.9
Population: 54,082
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 56.2%
Restaurants per 10K People: 26.6
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 0.2
Bars per 10K People: 6.7
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 1.5
WalkIQ: 56

Kentucky: Bowling Green

OPMaster (talk) / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 82.7
Population: 59,618
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 45.9%
Restaurants per 10K People: 42.9
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 0.2
Bars per 10K People: 7
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 1
WalkIQ: 68

Louisiana: New Orleans

Nowhereman86 (talk) / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 83.5
Population: 357,013
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 48.5%
Restaurants per 10K People: 37.7
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 0.5
Bars per 10K People: 13.3
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 2.3
WalkIQ: 80

Maine: Portland

BrianAdler / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 82.6
Population: 66,227
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 44.1%
Restaurants per 10K People: 48.5
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 0.2
Bars per 10K People: 12.7
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 3.6
WalkIQ: 73

Maryland: College Park

User:Tom / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 87.6
Population: 30,784
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 75.7%
Restaurants per 10K People: 29.2
Bars per 10K People: 2.9
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 1.3
WalkIQ: 77

Massachusetts: Cambridge

Thomas Steiner / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 85.3
Population: 105,737
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 57.1%
Restaurants per 10K People: 39.8
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 1.5
Bars per 10K People: 6.1
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 2.5
WalkIQ: 98

Michigan: East Lansing

kennethaw88 / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 87.9
Population: 48,556
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 77.5%
Restaurants per 10K People: 26.2
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 0.4
Bars per 10K People: 3.5
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 1.2
WalkIQ: 80

Minnesota: Minneapolis

Bobak Ha'Eri / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 83.9
Population: 389,112
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 51.7%
Restaurants per 10K People: 29.5
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 0.5
Bars per 10K People: 6.2
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 1.3
WalkIQ: 77

Mississippi: Hattiesburg

Sturmgewehr88 / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 83.6
Population: 46,716
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 52.5%
Restaurants per 10K People: 47.9
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 0.4
Bars per 10K People: 8
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 1.1
WalkIQ: 64

Missouri: St. Louis

David Wilson / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 83.7
Population: 318,955
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 49.4%
Restaurants per 10K People: 30.6
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 0.3
Bars per 10K People: 10.1
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 1.8
WalkIQ: 81

Montana: Bozeman

Jllm06 / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 83.8
Population: 38,204
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 53.3%
Restaurants per 10K People: 36.9
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 1
Bars per 10K People: 7.4
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 2.1
WalkIQ: 66

Nebraska: Kearney

Ammodramus / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 81.5
Population: 31,397
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 37.8%
Restaurants per 10K People: 32.8
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 0.3
Bars per 10K People: 8.6
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 2.5
WalkIQ: 70

Nevada: Winchester

Rmisiak at English Wikipedia / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 82.2
Population: 26,910
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 37.4%
Restaurants per 10K People: 44.6
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 0.7
Bars per 10K People: 7.2
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 0.4
WalkIQ: 95

New Hampshire: Manchester

John Phelan / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 81.6
Population: 109,942
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 36.9%
Restaurants per 10K People: 34
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 0.2
Bars per 10K People: 4.9
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 1.4
WalkIQ: 79

New Jersey: New Brunswick

Atanasentchev / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 86.9
Population: 55,275
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 67.4%
Restaurants per 10K People: 34
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 0.2
Bars per 10K People: 6.3
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 1.4
WalkIQ: 96

New Mexico: Albuquerque

Ron Reiring / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 81.2
Population: 549,812
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 35.8%
Restaurants per 10K People: 26
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 0.2
Bars per 10K People: 2.9
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 1.1
WalkIQ: 71

New York: Ithaca

Cornellrockey04 / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 88.1
Population: 30,225
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 77%
Restaurants per 10K People: 44.3
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 1
Bars per 10K People: 13.3
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 1.7
WalkIQ: 86

North Dakota: Grand Forks

Brenda Riskey / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 82.6
Population: 53,315
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 46.2%
Restaurants per 10K People: 22.5
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 0.2
Bars per 10K People: 8.3
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 1.1
WalkIQ: 64

Ohio: Kent

JonRidinger / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 85.1
Population: 31,301
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 63%
Restaurants per 10K People: 24.6
Bars per 10K People: 8.6
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 1
WalkIQ: 61

Oklahoma: Stillwater

Adrisundead / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 83.6
Population: 46,194
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 56.2%
Restaurants per 10K People: 21.4
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 0.2
Bars per 10K People: 3.5
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 1.9
WalkIQ: 47

Oregon: Corvallis

Gregkeene / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 83.6
Population: 54,691
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 52.4%
Restaurants per 10K People: 31.1
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 0.7
Bars per 10K People: 4.8
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 0.4
WalkIQ: 64

Pennsylvania: State College

George Chriss / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 88.7
Population: 41,948
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 81.3%
Restaurants per 10K People: 31.7
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 0.2
Bars per 10K People: 6.2
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 0.5
WalkIQ: 87

Rhode Island: Providence

John Phelan / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 84.7
Population: 178,056
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 54.1%
Restaurants per 10K People: 31.8
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 0.4
Bars per 10K People: 7.5
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 1.3
WalkIQ: 92

South Carolina: Columbia

Akhenaton06 / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 84
Population: 131,004
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 54.5%
Restaurants per 10K People: 35.3
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 0.5
Bars per 10K People: 5
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 1.1
WalkIQ: 68

South Dakota: Aberdeen

H202 / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 80.4
Population: 26,506
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 32.2%
Restaurants per 10K People: 27.2
Bars per 10K People: 9.5
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 1.1
WalkIQ: 63

Tennessee: Memphis

Thomas R Machnitzki / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 82.4
Population: 650,932
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 45.1%
Restaurants per 10K People: 27.4
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 0.3
Bars per 10K People: 4
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 0.7
WalkIQ: 63

Texas: San Marcos

Larry D. Moore / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 85.8
Population: 48,291
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 66.9%
Restaurants per 10K People: 33.5
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 1.7
Bars per 10K People: 6.7
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 1.4
WalkIQ: 64

Utah: Provo

Ricardo630 / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 83
Population: 114,179
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 46.8%
Restaurants per 10K People: 20.1
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 0.4
Bars per 10K People: 0.9
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 0.9
WalkIQ: 75

Vermont: Burlington

Beyond My Ken / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 85.1
Population: 42,331
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 58.8%
Restaurants per 10K People: 36.4
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 0.7
Bars per 10K People: 8
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 2.4
WalkIQ: 81

Virginia: Blacksburg

Eric T Gunther / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 86.5
Population: 42,864
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 73%
Restaurants per 10K People: 23.3
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 0.5
Bars per 10K People: 1.6
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 1.4
WalkIQ: 55

Washington: Pullman

Joe Mabel / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 85.9
Population: 30,388
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 68.7%
Restaurants per 10K People: 23
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 1.3
Bars per 10K People: 4.9
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 1
WalkIQ: 57

West Virginia: Morgantown

Skippu / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 86.2
Population: 29,838
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 66.3%
Restaurants per 10K People: 49.3
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 0.3
Bars per 10K People: 9.8
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 1
WalkIQ: 78

Wisconsin: Milwaukee

Dori / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 83.8
Population: 596,459
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 51.4%
Restaurants per 10K People: 18.7
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 0.3
Bars per 10K People: 10.1
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 0.6
WalkIQ: 77

Wyoming: Laramie

Decumanus at en.wikipedia / Wikipedia

Singles Index: 83.2
Population: 31,198
Percentage of People Who've Never Been Married: 52%
Restaurants per 10K People: 27.2
Movie Theaters per 10K People: 1.3
Bars per 10K People: 4.4
Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens per 10K People: 1.9
WalkIQ: 55

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