The 50 Cities with the Worst Singles Scenes in America

Our most barren dating deserts, from coast-to-coast.

The 50 Cities with the Worst Singles Scenes in America

Our most barren dating deserts, from coast-to-coast.

If your dating life isn’t as fulfilling as you’d like it to be, good news: It might not be you. The reason for a bleak dating experience might actually be because you’re living in the wrong city. Lame bars and restaurants (or no bars and restaurants), few available single people, and/or crummy entertainment options can make it tough to hit it off with potential dates in your town. To help you figure out which cities to avoid when looking to supercharge your romantic life, we’ve pulled together the data of which places have the most dismal singles scenes.

We didn’t take into account every city or tiny collective of people in the country—we just looked at the 200 biggest metropolises, by population, and figured out from those (using info from the U.S. Census, Bureau of Labor, and other sources) which were the dating deserts. Take a look and see if it’s time to plan a move. And when you start thinking about where to go, check out the 50 Cities with the Best Singles Scenes in America. 

Rancho Cucamonga, happiest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, worst singles scenes

50
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Population: 176,534
Singles (%): 51
Number of bars per 100k people: 4.53
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 60.05
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 19.83
Singles Scene Score: 33.85

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Corona, CA, beach, worst singles scenes

49
Corona, CA

Population: 166,785
Singles (%): 48.3
Number of bars per 100k people: 3.60
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 65.35
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 17.99
Singles Scene Score: 33.81

Olathe, longest-living cities, worst singles scenes

48
Olathe, KS

Population: 135,473
Singles (%): 41.4
Number of bars per 100k people: 4.43
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 59.05
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 29.53
Singles Scene Score: 33.60

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Fremont, happiest cities, fittest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities, worst singles scenes

47
Fremont, CA

Population: 233,136
Singles (%): 52.2
Number of bars per 100k people: 2.57
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 60.91
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 17.59
Singles Scene Score: 33.32

Clarksville, drunkest cities, longest-living cities, worst singles scenes

46
Clarksville, TN

Population: 150,287
Singles (%): 48.1
Number of bars per 100k people: 13.97
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 58.55
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 11.98
Singles Scene Score: 33.15

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Escondido, CA, mountain, worst singles scenes

45
Escondido, CA

Population: 151,613
Singles (%): 52.8
Number of bars per 100k people: 5.28
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 54.74
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 18.47
Singles Scene Score: 32.82

Bakersfield, drunkest cities, worst singles scenes

44
Bakersfield, CA

Population: 376,380
Singles (%): 52.9
Number of bars per 100k people: 6.91
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 51.01
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 20.19
Singles Scene Score: 32.75

Macon, GA, worst singles scenes

43
Macon, GA

Population: 152,555
Singles (%): 58
Number of bars per 100k people: 5.24
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 52.44
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 14.42
Singles Scene Score: 32.53

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Riverside, happiest cities, worst singles scenes

42
Riverside, CA

Population: 324,722
Singles (%): 57.7
Number of bars per 100k people: 5.24
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 47.43
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 19.40
Singles Scene Score: 32.44

Arlington, happiest cities, worst singles scenes

41
Arlington, TX

Population: 392,772
Singles (%): 53.7
Number of bars per 100k people: 7.89
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 47.61
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 20.11
Singles Scene Score: 32.33

Irving, happiest cities, worst singles scenes

40
Irving, TX

Population: 238,289
Singles (%): 50.4
Number of bars per 100k people: 0.42
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 57.49
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 20.98
Singles Scene Score: 32.32

Oceanside, happiest cities, worst singles scenes

39
Oceanside, CA

Population: 175,464
Singles (%): 50.6
Number of bars per 100k people: 6.84
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 49.58
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 22.23
Singles Scene Score: 32.31

Brownsville, TX, worst singles scenes

38
Brownsville, TX

Population: 183,823
Singles (%): 51.1
Number of bars per 100k people: 8.16
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 52.77
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 16.86
Singles Scene Score: 32.22

Photo via the Brownsville Facebook page

Mesa, happiest cities, worst singles scenes

37
Mesa, AZ

Population: 484,587
Singles (%): 52.7
Number of bars per 100k people: 3.71
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 54.27
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 17.95
Singles Scene Score: 32.16

Salinas, CA, worst singles scenes, agriculture, lettuce

36
Salinas, CA

Population: 157,218
Singles (%): 56.6
Number of bars per 100k people: 2.54
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 59.79
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 9.54
Singles Scene Score: 32.12

San Bernardino, happiest cities, worst singles scenes

35
San Bernardino, CA

Population: 216,239
Singles (%): 64.7
Number of bars per 100k people: 3.70
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 45.32
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 13.41
Singles Scene Score: 31.78

Fort Worth, happiest cities, worst singles scenes

34
Fort Worth, TX

Population: 854,113
Singles (%): 53.8
Number of bars per 100k people: 12.76
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 39.34
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 20.72
Singles Scene Score: 31.66

Glendale, happiest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, worst singles scenes

33
Glendale, AZ

Population: 245,895
Singles (%): 52.9
Number of bars per 100k people: 10.98
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 44.33
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 17.49
Singles Scene Score: 31.42

Laredo, worst singles scenes

32
Laredo, TX

Population: 257,156
Singles (%): 53.4
Number of bars per 100k people: 10.50
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 47.05
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 14.39
Singles Scene Score: 31.34

Stockton, happiest cities, worst singles scenes

31
Stockton, CA

Population: 307,072
Singles (%): 57.2
Number of bars per 100k people: 5.21
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 47.87
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 14.65
Singles Scene Score: 31.23

 

Kansas City, drunkest cities, worst singles scenes

30
Kansas City, KS

Population:  151,709
Singles (%): 59
Number of bars per 100k people:   13.84
Number of restaurants per 100k people:   44.82
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people:   6.80
Singles Scene Score:  31.12

Cape Coral, happiest cities, longest-living cities, worst singles scenes

29
Cape Coral, FL

Population: 179,804
Singles (%): 48.8
Number of bars per 100k people: 5.01
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 50.05
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 20.58
Singles Scene Score: 31.11

Peoria, happiest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, worst singles scenes

28
Peoria, AZ

Population: 164,173
Singles (%): 48
Number of bars per 100k people: 4.26
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 49.34
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 21.32
Singles Scene Score: 30.73

Chula Vista, happiest cities, worst singles scenes

27
Chula Vista, CA

Population: 267,172
Singles (%): 50.2
Number of bars per 100k people: 6.74
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 47.91
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 16.09
Singles Scene Score: 30.24

Joliet, drunkest cities, worst singles scenes

26
Joliet, IL

Population: 148,262
Singles (%): 52.1
Number of bars per 100k people: 14.16
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 38.45
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 16.19
Singles Scene Score: 30.22

Aurora, happiest cities, healthiest cities, worst singles scenes,

25
Aurora, CO

Population: 361,710
Singles (%): 53.7
Number of bars per 100k people: 7.19
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 46.17
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 13.82
Singles Scene Score: 30.22

Oxnard, happiest cities, worst singles scenes

24
Oxnard, CA

Population: 207,906
Singles (%): 54.3
Number of bars per 100k people: 7.70
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 39.92
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 16.35
Singles Scene Score: 29.57

Santa Ana, happiest cities, worst singles scenes

23
Santa Ana, CA

Population: 334,217
Singles (%): 55.5
Number of bars per 100k people: 6.88
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 44.28
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 10.77
Singles Scene Score: 29.36

Lancaster, CA, poppies, worst singles scenes

22
Lancaster, CA

Population: 160,106
Singles (%): 57.6
Number of bars per 100k people: 6.25
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 44.35
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 8.74
Singles Scene Score: 29.23

Ontario, happiest cities, worst singles scenes

21
Ontario, CA

Population: 173,212
Singles (%): 55.9
Number of bars per 100k people: 2.31
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 46.19
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 12.12
Singles Scene Score: 29.13

Hialeah, Florida, Miami, worst singles scenes

20
Hialeah, FL

Population: 236,387
Singles (%): 58.7
Number of bars per 100k people: 2.12
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 39.77
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 14.81
Singles Scene Score: 28.85

Port St. Lucie, happiest cities, worst singles scenes

19
Port St. Lucie, FL

Population: 185,132
Singles (%): 48.6
Number of bars per 100k people: 9.72
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 34.57
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 21.61
Singles Scene Score: 28.62

Mesquite, Texas, suburb, worst singles scenes

18
Mesquite, TX

Population: 143,736
Singles (%): 53.2
Number of bars per 100k people: 0.70
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 42.44
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 17.39
Singles Scene Score: 28.43

Aurora, happiest cities, healthiest cities, worst singles scenes

17
Aurora, IL

Population: 201,110
Singles (%): 44.4
Number of bars per 100k people: 8.95
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 37.29
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 21.38
Singles Scene Score: 28.01

Killeen, drunkest cities, worst singles scenes

16
Killeen, TX

Population: 143,400
Singles (%): 47
Number of bars per 100k people: 11.16
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 36.96
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 16.04
Singles Scene Score: 27.79

Pomona, CA, worst singles scenes

15
Pomona, CA

Population: 152,494
Singles (%): 59.3
Number of bars per 100k people: 5.90
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 35.41
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 10.49
Singles Scene Score: 27.78

Gilbert, happiest cities, fittest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities, worst singles scenes

14
Gilbert, AZ

Population: 237,133
Singles (%): 52.9
Number of bars per 100k people: 3.37
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 31.63
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 21.93
Singles Scene Score: 27.46

Frisco, circus, longest-living cities, worst singles scenes

13
Frisco, TX

Population: 163,656
Singles (%): 34.2
Number of bars per 100k people: 1.22
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 43.38
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 30.55
Singles Scene Score: 27.34

Garland, happiest cities, worst singles scenes

12
Garland, TX

Population: 234,943
Singles (%): 50
Number of bars per 100k people: 2.55
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 40.86
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 15.32
Singles Scene Score: 27.18

Detroit, worst singles scenes, fattest cities

11
Detroit, MI

Population: 672,795
Singles (%): 45
Number of bars per 100k people: 14.86
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 37.46
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 11.30
Singles Scene Score: 27.15

Orange, CA, worst singles scenes, beach

10
Orange, CA

Population: 140,504
Singles (%): 53.9
Number of bars per 100k people: 8.54
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 14.95
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 28.47
Singles Scene Score: 26.46

Elk Grove, CA, worst singles scenes

9
Elk Grove, CA

Population: 169,743
Singles (%): 46.2
Number of bars per 100k people: 2.36
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 45.36
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 10.60
Singles Scene Score: 26.13

McKinney, suburban homes, longest-living cities, worst singles scenes

8
McKinney, TX

Population: 172,298
Singles (%): 41.1
Number of bars per 100k people: 2.32
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 39.47
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 19.73
Singles Scene Score: 25.66

West Valley City, UT, worst singles scenes

7
West Valley City, UT

Population: 136,574
Singles (%): 49.7
Number of bars per 100k people: 3.66
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 33.68
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 14.64
Singles Scene Score: 25.42

Pasadena, TX, worst singles scenes, kayak

6
Pasadena, TX

Population: 153,351
Singles (%): 53.3
Number of bars per 100k people: 4.56
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 34.56
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 8.48
Singles Scene Score: 25.23

Thornton, CO, worst singles scenes

5
Thornton, CO

Population: 136,703
Singles (%): 46.2
Number of bars per 100k people: 7.32
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 27.80
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 17.56
Singles Scene Score: 24.72

Palmdale, CA, desert, worst singles scenes

4
Palmdale, CA

Population: 157,356
Singles (%): 54.7
Number of bars per 100k people: 1.27
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 33.68
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 8.26
Singles Scene Score: 24.48

North Las Vegas, happiest cities, worst singles scenes

3
North Las Vegas, NV

Population: 238,702
Singles (%): 53.8
Number of bars per 100k people: 8.80
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 17.18
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 11.73
Singles Scene Score: 22.88

Moreno Valley, happiest cities, worst singles scenes

2
Moreno Valley, CA

Population: 205,499
Singles (%): 56.1
Number of bars per 100k people: 0.97
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 26.76
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 5.84
Singles Scene Score: 22.42

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Fontana, happiest cities, worst singles scenes

1
Fontana, CA

Population: 209,665
Singles (%): 53.6
Number of bars per 100k people: 1.43
Number of restaurants per 100k people: 22.89
Number of entertainment spots per 100k people: 9.06
Singles Scene Score: 21.75

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