The 50 Cities with the Best Singles Scenes in America

Where to live when you're looking for love.

The 50 Cities with the Best Singles Scenes in America

Where to live when you're looking for love.

Having trouble finding a date? It wouldn’t hurt to work on your opening line. Or upgrade your wardrobe. Or get a better haircut. But it may also be that you’re just in the wrong locale: When it comes to finding a date and a great place to take them, not all cities are created equal. Some don’t have many single folk to begin with; others don’t have a lot of fun bars or restaurants to entertain you and your date (if you find one).

To help figure out the cities with the best singles scenes, we pulled data from the U.S. Census, Bureau of Labor Statistics, WalletHub, and more, determining which metropolitan areas have the most dating spots per capita, the highest percentage of singles, and more. Together, these numbers show where the best singles scenes are and thus which cities are the best for dating—some are what you’d expect, but a few will probably surprise you. And for the cities you’ll want to steer clear of while on the hunt for that special someone, these are The 50 Cities with the Worst Dating Scenes in America.

Pasadena, The Thinker, Rodin, best singles scenes

50
Pasadena, CA

Population: 142,059
Singles (%): 56.9
Number of bars per 100k people: 11.26
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 129.52
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 9.15
Singles Scene Score: 51.71

Cleveland, Ohio, drunkest cities, best singles scenes

49
Cleveland, OH

Population: 385,809
Singles (%): 74.7
Number of bars per 100k people: 35.25
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 69.46
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 27.73
Singles Scene Score: 51.79

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Greensboro, drunkest cities, happiest cities, fattest cities, longest-living cities, best singles scenes

48
Greensboro, NC

Population: 287,027
Singles (%): 60.7
Number of bars per 100k people: 15.68
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 94.07
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 37.28
Singles Scene Score: 51.93

Boise, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes

47
Boise, ID

Population: 223,154
Singles (%): 52.7
Number of bars per 100k people: 21.06
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 96.79
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 38.09
Singles Scene Score: 52.16

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Torrance, CA, Redondo Beach, best singles scenes

46
Torrance, CA

Population: 147,195
Singles (%): 46.9
Number of bars per 100k people: 6.11
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 116.17
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 40.76
Singles Scene Score: 52.49

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Tallahassee, longest-living cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes

45
Tallahassee, FL

Population: 190,894
Singles (%): 70.8
Number of bars per 100k people: 11.00
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 90.63
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 39.81
Singles Scene Score: 53.06

Omaha, drunkest cities, happiest cities, best singles scenes

44
Omaha, NE

Population: 446,970
Singles (%): 55.4
Number of bars per 100k people: 38.03
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 77.41
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 41.84
Singles Scene Score: 53.17

Bellevue, longest-living cities, best singles scenes

43
Bellevue, WA

Population: 141,400
Singles (%): 43.3
Number of bars per 100k people: 7.78
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 101.13
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 62.23
Singles Scene Score: 53.61

Hollywood, Florida, drunkest cities, best singles scenes

42
Hollywood, FL

Population: 151,998
Singles (%): 57.8
Number of bars per 100k people: 16.45
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 77.63
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 63.82
Singles Scene Score: 53.92

Little Rock, fattest cities, drunkest cities, best singles scenes

41
Little Rock, AR

Population: 198,541
Singles (%): 59.7
Number of bars per 100k people: 10.58
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 104.76
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 41.30
Singles Scene Score: 54.09

Tampa, fittest cities, drunkest cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes

40
Tampa, FL

Population: 377,165
Singles (%): 63.4
Number of bars per 100k people: 15.91
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 89.35
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 48.25
Singles Scene Score: 54.23

Sioux Falls, happiest cities, drunkest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes

39
Sioux Falls, SD

Population: 174,360
Singles (%): 51.9
Number of bars per 100k people: 25.81
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 60.79
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 78.57
Singles Scene Score: 54.27

fattest cities, drunkest cities, longest-living cities, best singles scenes

38
Baton Rouge, LA

Population: 227,715
Singles (%): 69.6
Number of bars per 100k people: 25.91
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 82.56
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 43.04
Singles Scene Score: 55.28

Buffalo, drunkest cities, best singles scenes

37
Buffalo, NY

Population: 256,902
Singles (%): 71.8
Number of bars per 100k people: 48.66
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 68.90
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 33.09
Singles Scene Score: 55.61

Richmond, fattest cities, best singles scenes

36
Richmond, VA

Population: 223,170
Singles (%): 73.8
Number of bars per 100k people: 8.07
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 98.13
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 44.36
Singles Scene Score: 56.09

Reno, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, best singles scenes

35
Reno, NV

Population: 245,255
Singles (%): 58.6
Number of bars per 100k people: 35.47
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 80.32
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 50.97
Singles Scene Score: 56.34

Eugene, drunkest cities, best singles scenes

34
Eugene, OR

Population: 166,575
Singles (%): 61.8
Number of bars per 100k people: 19.21
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 99.65
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 45.02
Singles Scene Score: 56.42

Denver, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, best singles scenes

33
Denver, CO

Population: 693,060
Singles (%): 60
Number of bars per 100k people: 27.70
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 94.36
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 45.16
Singles Scene Score: 56.81

Cincinnati, drunkest cities, best singles scenes

32
Cincinnati, OH

Population: 298,800
Singles (%): 72.4
Number of bars per 100k people: 32.80
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 76.31
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 46.52
Singles Scene Score: 57.01

Madison, longest-living cities, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes

31
Madison, WI

Population: 252,551
Singles (%): 61.9
Number of bars per 100k people: 31.68
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 87.11
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 47.91
Singles Scene Score: 57.15

New York, NYC, happiest cities, best singles scenes

30
New York, NY

Population: 8,537,673
Singles (%): 60.8
Number of bars per 100k people: 16.00
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 85.09
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 66.73
Singles Scene Score: 57.16

fattest cities, best singles scenes

29
Augusta, GA

Population: 197,081
Singles (%): 65.2
Number of bars per 100k people: 15.73
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 72.05
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 76.11
Singles Scene Score: 57.27

Washington DC, D.C., drunkest cities, happiest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes

28
Washington D.C.

Population: 681,170
Singles (%): 72.7
Number of bars per 100k people: 17.76
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 95.86
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 44.19
Singles Scene Score: 57.63

Knoxville, fattest cities, drunkest cities, longest-living cities, best singles scenes

27
Knoxville, TN

Population: 186,239
Singles (%): 48.3
Number of bars per 100k people: 15.03
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 129.94
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 41.88
Singles Scene Score: 58.79

Minneapolis, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes

26
Minneapolis, MN

Population: 413,651
Singles (%): 65.9
Number of bars per 100k people: 17.16
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 93.32
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 59.95
Singles Scene Score: 59.08

Chattanooga, fattest cities, best singles scenes

25
Chattanooga, TN

Population: 177,571
Singles (%): 61.4
Number of bars per 100k people: 7.88
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 114.88
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 53.50
Singles Scene Score: 59.42

Syracuse, drunkest cities, best singles scenes

24
Syracuse, NY

Population: 143,378
Singles (%): 73.7
Number of bars per 100k people: 40.45
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 88.58
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 35.57
Singles Scene Score: 59.57

Lexington, drunkest cities, longest-living cities, best singles scenes

23
Lexington, KY

Population: 318,449
Singles (%): 56.7
Number of bars per 100k people: 16.02
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 104.57
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 62.49
Singles Scene Score: 59.94

Providence, longest-living cities, drunkest cities, best singles scenes

22
Providence, RI

Population: 179,219
Singles (%): 70
Number of bars per 100k people: 37.38
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 103.23
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 30.13
Singles Scene Score: 60.19

springfield, drunkest cities, fittest cities, best singles scenes

21
Springfield, MO

Population: 167,319
Singles (%): 52.6
Number of bars per 100k people: 26.30
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 115.95
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 49.61
Singles Scene Score: 61.11

Rochester, drunkest cities, best singles scenes

20
Rochester, NY

Population: 208,880
Singles (%): 75.6
Number of bars per 100k people: 37.34
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 90.48
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 43.57
Singles Scene Score: 61.75

fattest cities, drunkest cities, best singles scenes

19
Columbia, SC

Population: 134,309
Singles (%): 71.8
Number of bars per 100k people: 18.61
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 122.11
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 35.74
Singles Scene Score: 62.06

Boston, fittest cities, drunkest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes

18
Boston, MA

Population: 673,184
Singles (%): 71
Number of bars per 100k people: 23.77
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 105.32
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 48.28
Singles Scene Score: 62.09

Salt Lake City, drunkest cities, happiest cities, fittest cities, best singles scenes.

17
Salt Lake City, UT

Population: 193,744
Singles (%): 59.2
Number of bars per 100k people: 27.87
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 108.39
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 53.68
Singles Scene Score: 62.29

fattest cities, drunkest cities, best singles scenes

16
New Orleans, LA

Population: 391,495
Singles (%): 70
Number of bars per 100k people: 52.62
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 84.04
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 46.23
Singles Scene Score: 63.22

St. Louis, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, best singles scenes

15
St. Louis, MO

Population: 311,404
Singles (%): 71.4
Number of bars per 100k people: 36.61
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 100.19
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 44.96
Singles Scene Score: 63.29

Orlando, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes

14
Orlando, FL

Population: 277,173
Singles (%): 65
Number of bars per 100k people: 24.53
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 105.71
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 58.81
Singles Scene Score: 63.51

Scottsdale, drunkest cities, happiest cities, fittest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes

13
Scottsdale, AZ

Population: 246,645
Singles (%): 48.9
Number of bars per 100k people: 15.81
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 120.82
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 68.52
Singles Scene Score: 63.51

Louisville, Kentucky Derby, longest-living cities, drunkest cities, best singles scenes

12
Louisville, KY

Population: 616,261
Singles (%): 58.2
Number of bars per 100k people: 14.12
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 115.21
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 69.45
Singles Scene Score: 64.24

Savannah, drunkest cities, best singles scenes

11
Savannah, GA

Population: 146,763
Singles (%): 69.1
Number of bars per 100k people: 24.53
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 121.97
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 42.24
Singles Scene Score: 64.46

Atlanta, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, best singles scenes

10
Atlanta, GA

Population: 472,522
Singles (%): 72.8
Number of bars per 100k people: 19.89
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 121.48
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 76.19
Singles Scene Score: 72.59

Seattle, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, best singles scenes

9
Seattle, WA

Population: 704,352
Singles (%): 59.6
Number of bars per 100k people: 26.41
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 146.66
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 68.86
Singles Scene Score: 75.38

Portland, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes

8
Portland, OR

Population: 639,863
Singles (%): 59.1
Number of bars per 100k people: 47.20
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 138.62
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 60.01
Singles Scene Score: 76.23

Pittsburgh, drunkest cities, happiest cities, fittest cities, best singles scenes

7
Pittsburgh, PA

Population: 303,625
Singles (%): 68.8
Number of bars per 100k people: 60.27
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 125.15
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 53.68
Singles Scene Score: 76.98

Honolulu, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes

6
Honolulu, HI

Population: 351,792
Singles (%): 49.8
Number of bars per 100k people: 40.08
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 150.66
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 73.62
Singles Scene Score: 78.54

Fort Lauderdale, drunkest cities, happiest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes

5
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Population: 178,752
Singles (%): 64.3
Number of bars per 100k people: 31.89
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 138.74
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 90.07
Singles Scene Score: 81.25

Nashville, happiest cities, fattest cities, longest-living cities, best singles scenes

4
Nashville, TN

Population: 660,388
Singles (%): 60.1
Number of bars per 100k people: 11.66
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 81.16
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 173.08
Singles Scene Score: 81.50

Los Angeles, happiest cities, best singles scenes

3
Los Angeles, CA

Population: 3,976,322
Singles (%): 61.6
Number of bars per 100k people: 8.25
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 69.29
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 197.75
Singles Scene Score: 84.22

San Francisco, drunkest cities, happiest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes

2
San Francisco, CA

Population: 870,887
Singles (%): 61.2
Number of bars per 100k people: 42.03
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 182.34
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 58.56
Singles Scene Score: 86.03

 

Charleston, longest-living cities, fattest cities, drunkest cities, best singles scenes

1
Charleston, SC

Population: 134,385
Singles (%): 60.9
Number of bars per 100k people: 26.04
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 136.92
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 139.15
Singles Scene Score: 90.75

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