The 50 Cities with the Best Singles Scenes in America

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The 50 Cities with the Best Singles Scenes in America
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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.

50
Pasadena, CA

Pasadena, The Thinker, Rodin, best singles scenes

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

49
Cleveland, OH

Cleveland, Ohio, drunkest cities, best singles scenes

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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48
Greensboro, NC

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

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

47
Boise, ID

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

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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46
Torrance, CA

Torrance, CA, Redondo Beach, best singles scenes

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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45
Tallahassee, FL

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

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

44
Omaha, NE

Omaha, drunkest cities, happiest cities, best singles scenes

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

43
Bellevue, WA

Bellevue, longest-living cities, best singles scenes

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

42
Hollywood, FL

Hollywood, Florida, drunkest cities, best singles scenes

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

41
Little Rock, AR

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

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

40
Tampa, FL

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

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

39
Sioux Falls, SD

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

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

38
Baton Rouge, LA

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

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

37
Buffalo, NY

Buffalo, drunkest cities, best singles scenes

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

36
Richmond, VA

Richmond, fattest cities, best singles scenes

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

35
Reno, NV

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

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

34
Eugene, OR

Eugene, drunkest cities, best singles scenes

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

33
Denver, CO

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

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

32
Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati, drunkest cities, best singles scenes

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

31
Madison, WI

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

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

30
New York, NY

New York, NYC, happiest cities, best singles scenes

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

29
Augusta, GA

fattest cities, best singles scenes

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

28
Washington D.C.

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

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

27
Knoxville, TN

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

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

26
Minneapolis, MN

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

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

25
Chattanooga, TN

Chattanooga, fattest cities, best singles scenes

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

24
Syracuse, NY

Syracuse, drunkest cities, best singles scenes

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

23
Lexington, KY

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

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

22
Providence, RI

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

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

21
Springfield, MO

springfield, drunkest cities, fittest cities, best singles scenes

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

20
Rochester, NY

Rochester, drunkest cities, best singles scenes

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

19
Columbia, SC

fattest cities, drunkest cities, best singles scenes

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

18
Boston, MA

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

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

17
Salt Lake City, UT

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

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

16
New Orleans, LA

fattest cities, drunkest cities, best singles scenes

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

15
St. Louis, MO

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

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

14
Orlando, FL

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

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

13
Scottsdale, AZ

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

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

12
Louisville, KY

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

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

11
Savannah, GA

Savannah, drunkest cities, best singles scenes

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

10
Atlanta, GA

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

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

9
Seattle, WA

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

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

8
Portland, OR

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

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

7
Pittsburgh, PA

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

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

6
Honolulu, HI

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

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

5
Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

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

4
Nashville, TN

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

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

3
Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, happiest cities, best singles scenes

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

2
San Francisco, CA

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

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

 

1
Charleston, SC

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

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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