Tying the knot remains one of the most prominent milestones of adult life. Studies continue to demonstrate the benefits of monogamous partnerships, which really should not come as a surprise. Married couples benefit from the basic advantages of economic partnership, including higher tax breaks, lower insurance premiums, more competitive rent applications, and much more. Marital status is a factor determining benefits, rights, and privileges in 1,138 federal regulations.
Despite these advantages, fewer Americans are choosing to get married, and those who do stay single longer compared to previous generations. In fact, more than half of Americans today believe marriage and parenthood are not an important part of becoming an adult, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
There are more than 110 million single Americans — divorced, widowed, or those who have never married — or approximately 45% of the U.S. adult population. Most of this group consists of people who have never been married.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed in all U.S. metro areas the percentage of the adult population who is single, the concentration of businesses such as restaurants and bars, and income levels in order to determine the best cities for singles. These cities are home to relatively large numbers of unattached people, have plenty of amenities supporting social interaction and a local economy in which financial independence is viable.
Specifically, single people in these cities tend to be the majority, which is the case in 41 of the 50 cities. The cities where this is not the case are either especially affordable, helping to make an independent life financially viable, or have high concentrations of social venues such as bars and restaurants. Of the 50 best cities for singles, 34 are more affordable than the average nationwide. High incomes help offset costs in the relatively unaffordable cities.