They appear every year – those lists of “top cities for singles.” I keep waiting for one that is not a parody of itself, but sadly, the most recent was one of the worst of the bunch.

The latest list is from Bloomberg News. Unlike most “top” lists that base their picks on numerous criteria, Bloomberg gets right down to just two: (1) percent of the men and women of that city who live alone; and (2) percent by which the median income exceeds the national average.

These are not necessarily bad criteria. I’m single at heart, and I can see the advantages of both. In a city where lots of people live alone, there may be lots of single people interested in friendship. There may be lots of cultural activities, sports, and other events that do not cater to married couples or to two-parent families with little kids. These cities could be places where single people feel welcome to live single, without a lot of pressure to couple up.

A higher than average income level might mean that these cities are places with good jobs. That could be appealing to plenty of single people who love their single lives.

One Comment to
Looking for Singlism? Try Lists of Top Cities for Singles

Before posting, please read our blog moderation guidelines. The comments below begin with the oldest comments first. Click on the last comments page to jump to the most recent comments.

  1. Hoboken?

    I have to say, even setting aside the various New Jersey stereotypes (gangsters, waste dumps, Snooki, etc.) it’s hard to see how Hoboken could be a top city for singles regardless of criteria.

    I think we should come up with our own list of top cities for singles. I’d nominate Madison, WI as a city. Lots to do, not too big, has a major university, and toleration of a wide variety of lifestyles.

Join the Conversation!

Before posting, please read our blog moderation guidelines.

Post a Comment:


(Required, will be published)

(Required, but will not be published)

(Optional)

 

Subscribe to this Blog: Feed

Recent Comments
  • Alan: I think part of the problem is that people use “alone” and “single” interchangeably. I...
  • Bella DePaulo, Ph.D: Eric Weiner is wrong. Thanks for letting me know about his false claim. I’ll take a look...
  • Aurora Naisbitt: The Geography Of Bliss, By Eric Weiner Includes Data That Worldwide Married People Are More Stable...
  • kenny-boy: I like to reminded people that marriage is not necessary for a meaningful, long-term committed...
  • Bella DePaulo, Ph.D: Thanks, Simone. That would be so great if they would publish an article like you suggested! They...
Find a Therapist
Enter ZIP or postal code



Users Online: 12240
Join Us Now!