Atlanta ranked 2nd on best cities for singles list

by Kelly McCabe

Much ado has been made about the increasing share of unmarried Americans, which numbered more than 110.5 million — more than 45 percent of adults 18 and older in the United States last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

So where are the singles settling? A recent WalletHub study, Best & Worst Cities for Singles, ranked Atlanta at No. 2. The city had an overall score of 63.10, an economics rank of 168, a fun and recreation rank of 7, and a dating opportunities rank of 21. It’s second only to San Francisco

A similar 2015 study from NerdWallet also ranked Atlanta highly thanks to its thriving arts and music scene that is perfect for date nights. Atlanta had the fourth-highest median income in that study’s top 10, meaning single residents can still enjoy the thriving dating scene without breaking their banks.

“Research consistently shows that people tend to be attracted to similar others, so it makes sense to choose a city that reflects your own values and interests,” Theresa E. DiDonato, Loyola University Maryland professor, said in a study. “Likewise, some cities are noted for having a relatively larger percentage of single people. Odds of meeting a match are greater in areas more highly populated by single people.”

For the WalletHub study, 180 U.S. cities were measured on 32 indicators of dating-friendliness, including percentage of singles, singles gender balance, online dating opportunities, nightlife options per capita, restaurant meal costs and rental rates for one-bedroom apartments.

According to WalletHub, the top 10 U.S. cities for singles, and their overall score, are:

  1. San Francisco: 67.63
  2. Atlanta: 67.55
  3. Los Angeles: 67.11
  4. Denver: 65.55
  5. San Diego: 65.04
  6. Seattle: 64.00
  7. Chicago: 63.10
  8. Portland, Oregon: 62.82
  9. Minneapolis: 62.54
  10. Portland, Maine: 61.67