6. Colorado: Boulder
> Population: 321,030
> Single population: 53.6% of total population
> Cost of living-adjusted income: $55,730 per capita
> Cost of living: 8.7% greater than the national average
The population of unmarried residents in Boulder, a city at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, is 53.6%. More people continue to move there. About 45% of the total population are people between 15 and 44 years old, a prime dating age. People who aren’t looking for a partner have plenty to do as well. Boulder has more snack and non-alcoholic bars, restaurants, recreational sports centers, and museums per 100,000 people than the state average.
7. Connecticut: Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk
> Population: 944,348
> Single population: 48.8% of total population
> Cost of living-adjusted income: $75,548 per capita
> Cost of living: 19.1% greater than the national average
Like Connecticut as a whole, the Bridgeport metro area is one of the most expensive places in the United States. The area’s high incomes, however, more than offset the high costs, helping those who wish to lead a single lifestyle more easily achieve financial independence.
The area’s single population — those who have never married, divorced, separated, or widowed — is relatively small compared with the best place to be single in most states, at 48.8%. But for single Americans living in the area looking for dates or activities to do alone, there are plenty of options. Museums, parks, spectator sports, and exercise venues are all more concentrated in the metro than both the state and national averages.
8. Delaware: Dover
> Population: 174,822
> Single population: 52.3% of total population
> Cost of living-adjusted income: $44,138 per capita
> Cost of living: 6.7% less than the national average
As the only metropolitan statistical area in Delaware, Dover is the best city in the state for singles by default. Still, even without any competition, Dover has notable indicators that are favorable to single residents. The city’s single population, at 52.3% of adults, is above the national average. While per capita income in the area is lower than in most states, the average cost of goods and services is 6.7% lower than prices nationwide. And, for sports fans looking for date options, Dover has plenty: the concentration of spectator sports in Dover is the 13th of any metropolitan area in the country.
9. Florida: Gainesville
> Population: 280,763
> Single population: 62.7% of total population
> Cost of living-adjusted income: $43,857 per capita
> Cost of living: 5.8% less than the national average
If a smaller metro area somewhat off the beaten path sounds like a nice place to live, Gainesville may be a good option. Around 62.7% of the city’s population is unmarried, which is not all that surprising considering that a large portion of the population are college students. (Gainesville is mostly known as being home to the University of Florida.) Living in Gainesville is cheaper than the rest of the state, with housing costs making up about a quarter of people’s income.
10. Georgia: Albany
> Population: 153,101
> Single population: 59.4% of total population
> Cost of living-adjusted income: $50,741 per capita
> Cost of living: 17.3% less than the national average
Albany, known for being musician Ray Charles’ hometown, is one of few metro areas on our list where the unmarried or separated population is significantly over half. The cost of living in Albany, located in southwest Georgia, is much lower than both the state and national averages. The city’s location on the Flint River makes it a good place for outdoor adventures that single people can enjoy both on their own and on dates.