Dating? This City Has the Most Singles in America

Sophie Miura

As those on multiple dating apps can attest, sometimes it can seem like you’ve encountered every single in your city—and swiped left. If you have a hunch your solo status is thanks to a lack of suitors, a new study by Badoo, the world’s largest dating network, can finally offer an answer.

Researchers from the dating service scoured data from their U.S. users to find out the best and worst areas for singles. Surprisingly, they discovered that living in a big city doesn’t necessarily equate to a bigger dating pool. “It’s striking to see that massively dense cities across the United States have a lower percentage of singles,” says Joey Hadfield, spokesperson for Badoo. “We’re noticing that rural areas pose a greater opportunity for singles to meet a potential mate.”

Interested to find out how your city fared? Here are the best (and worst) places to live to meet your match.

  • Best cities: Norfolk, Virginia, has the highest concentration of singles, followed by Chandler, Arizona; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Glendale, Arizona; and Akron, Ohio.
  • Worst cities: Big metropolitan hubs such as New York City, Miami, Houston, and San Francisco had the lowest population of single people.
  • Most active on dating apps: Washington, D.C., has the highest level of engagement on dating apps.
  • Least likely to use dating apps: Forget using Tinder in North Dakota, Vermont, Iowa, and South Carolina. People in these states are the least likely to utilize online dating services.
  • Best neighborhoods in big cities: The study found that choosing a neighborhood has a big impact on your chance of meeting “the one,” especially in population-dense cities. The best areas for singles is Brooklyn in New York City, Inglewood in Los Angeles, and Cicero in Chicago.

Need to up your dating game? Download Badoo, Happn, or Bumble and get swiping!

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