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The Top 10 Cities for Singles

Atlanta, Denver and San Francisco rank as the top cities for singles, according to a new report from WalletHub, while Columbia, Maryland; Bismark, North Dakota; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Cheyenne, Wyoming, respectively, offer the lowest rents for one-bedroom apartments (adjusted by median annual income).

WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities across 34 key indicators including rents paid by singles in some of the most expensive cities. The dataset also took into account the share of single population to the number of online dating opportunities to nightlife options per capita.

The report indicated that the most expensive cities in terms of rent for a one-bedroom apartment were New York which was ranked 182nd, followed by Boston, Massachusetts, Hialeah, Florida, Miami, Florida, and San Francisco at 178.

The rankings take into consideration a variety of factors, including economics, “fun and recreation” and dating opportunities to create the overall ranking. The economics rank includes factors like the monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment, the costs of meals, movies and other items.

The top overall cities tended to do poorly in terms of economic rank, with none of the top three overall in the top 114 (Denver was 115) in economic rank. The top city in terms of economic rank was Cape Coral, Florida, but it ranked only 168th out of 182 overall.

Rounding out the top 10 cities in terms of total rank were Portland, Oregon, Los Angeles, California; Seattle, Washington; Chicago, Illinois; San Diego, California; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Portland, Maine.

Ranking as the worst 10 cities for singles, from the bottom were Brownsville, Texas; Pembroke Pines, Florida; Hialeah, Florida; Pear City, Hawaii; South Burlington, Vermont; Warwick, Rhode Island; Glendale, California; Lewiston, Maine; Yonkers, New York; and Laredo, Texas, respectively.

About Author: Phil Britt

Phil Britt started covering mortgages and other financial services matters for a suburban Chicago newspaper in the mid-1980s before joining Savings Institutions magazine in 1992. When the publication moved its offices to Washington, D.C. in 1993, he started his own editorial services firm and continued to cover mortgages, other financial services subjects, and technology for a variety of websites and publications.
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