If you're a single woman searching for a great city to live in, you want to find a city that meets all of your expectations. Above all, it should be a city that has opportunities for your career. It also should have a reasonable cost of living. Of course, you should feel safe in your new hometown.
If you're looking to make new friends or find the love of your life, you'll want to live in a town with a lot of other singles. You'll want to consider the activities available in your new hometown that match your personality.
Are you a big city person or a small city person? Do you love the outdoors? Do you love sports? Are you interested in good restaurants, coffee shops, nightclubs, music, or the arts?
20. Providence, Rhode Island
With a median age of 32 years old and more than half the population single, Providence, Rhode Island has many opportunities for a single woman.
The average monthly rent on an apartment is less than $1,000. Boston and New York City are not too far from Providence. Within the city the cost of living is relatively low. The economy is good with most jobs in the healthcare field, textiles and jewelry manufacturing and in education, there is plenty of opportunity for a career.
There are seven universities and colleges in Providence including Brown University. In fact there is a district known as the "Knowledge District". Providence has several pars, historic buildings and three rivers.
19. Tallahassee, Florida
Tallahassee, Florida is a great place for a single woman to live. The state capital of Florida is a medium sized city with a relatively low cost of living. More than half the population is single. Located close to the Gulf coast, there is much to do in Tallahassee and nearby.
The city sponsors several festivals throughout the year. These include an annual Wine and Food Festival, First Fridays at Railroad Square and Winter and Spring festivals. For nighttime fun, there are several cocktail bars, breweries and dance clubs in Tallahassee.
18. Boulder, Colorado
Boulder, Colorado is a hot spot for young singles. While the cost of living is high, the average income is nearly $65,000. There are jobs in health care, education, publishing, manufacturing and technology. Located at the base of the scenic Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a haven for outdoor sports and recreation.
The city is just 25 miles from the larger city of Denver. Boulder has a lot of things to do in itself and is rated high for arts, health, education and quality of life. There are plenty of coffee houses, bars and breweries and clubs for a single woman to meet friends and find a partner.
17. Tampa, Florida
About a half of Tampa, Florida's population is single. The tourist spot on the gulf coast of Florida may have a high cost of living, but there are plenty of career opportunities for single women.
The economy centers on tourism, healthcare, finance, insurance, technology and maritime activities. Several restaurant chains are headquartered in Tampa including Outback Steakhouse, Carrabbas, The Melting Pot, Fleming's Steakhouse and Bonefish Grill. Recently, Tampa has developed its urban residential area.
Nightlife is active especially downtown in areas including SoHo, Channelside, Ybor City and International Plaza Seminole Hard Rock. With parks, beaches and the bay, there is plenty of recreation in Tampa. In 2018 Tampa Bay was named one of the hottest real estate markets.
16. Las Vegas, Nevada
Although you might think of Las Vegas as a rowdy, tourist city, it's actually a good place to live as a single woman. Of course the cost of living is high, but there are also many opportunities for a lucrative career, and the city has a large single population, so it's a great place to meet new friends and maybe find a partner.
Company headquaraters located in Las Vegas include Wynn Resorts, Caesars Entertainment Corporation, MGM Resorts and Bally Technologies as well as Nevada Power Company, National University, Allegiant Air, Zappos and AMERICO. If you're not working in the hospitality and tourist field, there are many other opportunities.
Las Vegas is the biggest city in Nevada and the financial commercial and cultural center of the state. There are plenty of opportunities for a single woman in Las Vegas. Of course there are a lot of places to socialize, but the residents know the best places.
15. Springfield, Massachusetts
The city of Springfield, Massachusetts offers single women great career opportunities, a great location and plenty of opportunities to socialize. The city is located on the banks of the Connecticut River. It is not far from Boston and New York City, so it is a nice location if you want to visit the larger cities.
Springfield has had steady growth and currently has a population of about 153,000 with more than half single. The economy of Springfield is considered mature and therefore steady. Good career opportunities can be found in education, healthcare, trade and transportation, manufacturing, tourism and hospitality. Springfield has an exciting nightlife in the "Club Quarter" that is home to many clubs and music venues.
14. Madison, Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin has everything a single mid western woman needs including job opportunities, social opportunities and outdoor activities year round. The city is known to be the home of highly educated people. There are job opportunities in education, healthcare, biotech and advertising.
Major companies in Madison include Spectrum, Alliant Energy and American Family Insurance. Rent in the city is reasonable averaging about $1,000 a month. Located amid four lakes, residents of the city enjoy winter iceboating, ice skating, hockey, ice fishing and skiing. Many trails are great for biking and hiking.
Downtown Madison has several farm to table restaurants, bars and performance venues. There is a farmers' market on Capital Square. The city hosts festivals including the Miffliin Street Block Party and Freekfest Halloween Party.
13. Tucson, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona, known as a "desert oasis" has a large, young, single population and low cost of living. The median household income is $56,169 and rent can range from about $600 to $1,000 a month.
Tucson's economy flourishes mainly because of the University of Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Base, Texas Instruments, IBM and Intuit. Also, Tucson is sometimes called "Optics Valley" because companies manufacture optics and opto-electronics.
Tucson has fun activities for singles including NCAA sports, parks, swimming, hiking, camping, biking and fishing. Tucson has an annual rodeo, a Folk Festival, the Fourth Avenue Street Fair and the Meet Yourself Festival.
12. Lincoln, Nebraska
Middle America is a great place for a single woman to call home. Many cities are known for their safety and lower cost of living. Lincoln, Nebraska is one of the best. Home to the University of Nebraska, Lincoln is really a large college town.
It's neighborhoods consist of old and newer development with a growing population downtown. Along with its college basketball and football teams, Lincoln has a great concert venue at Pinnacle Bank Arena, a farmers' market at Haymarket, and several parks and recreational areas.
Career opportunities include education, healthcare, IT, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, finance, insurance and publishing. Also, the average monthly rent in Lincoln is just about $700.
11. Dallas, Texas
Dallas, Texas has a high cost of living but also good career opportunities and social life opportunities. The city has a large single population. There are several universities and colleges, Information Technology companies, telecommunication and transportation companies as well as being the headquarters of Exxon and American Airlines.
Dallas is home to a diverse community including. Sports enthusiasts enjoy cheering on the home teams of the NFL's Cowboys and the NBA's Mavericks. Cedars is the city's south Dallas art district where much of the nighttime entertainment can be found including the popular NYLO rooftop patio and lounge as well as art museums.
10. Denver, Colorado
Denver makes it into the top 10 cities for single women to live in the U.S. Although the city of about 730,000 people has a high cost of living, it also has many job opportunities and average income of $75,646. The average age of Denver residents is about 34 years old. More than half of the population is single.
This is due in part to students and young professionals. The city is headquarters to companies including MapQuest, Quest Communications and Newmount Mining Company.
There are several mining and energy companies, telecommunication companies and start up companies that call Denver home. The city is breathtakingly scenic. You can enjoy outdoor activities, sports, festivals, concerts, theaters and nightclubs, bars, concerts and stand up comedy.
9. Salt Lake City, Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah is the state's capital and largest city. It has great career opportunities, outdoor activities and cultural events. The city of over 1 million also has a large unmarried population. The average age of Salt Lake City residents is 32 years old.
The city's eastern neighborhoods are filled with young professionals, students and young families and is a great place for a single woman to live. Salt Lake City is known as the "Crossroads of the West" with the western United States' railroads crossing there.
The city has steel mills, mines and oil refineries. It also is the headquarters of several corporations including Fortune 500 companies Zons Bancorporation and Questar Corporation. It is a major convention center location and has many hospitality job opportunities.
Salt Lake City is a nice place to live with popular outdoor activities including skiing, snowboarding and cycling. The city is known for its Church of Latter Day Saints presence but is also a diverse community with a large LBGTQ population.
8. St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis, Missouri is best known as the "Gateway to the West" with its famous arch. The city is also known for its single population. The median age is 35 with more than half the population single. The city's cost of living is not very high with an average apartment renting for about $800 a month.
Single women have plenty of career opportunities in St. Louis as well as social opportunities in this safe city. The second largest city in Missouri, St. Louis lays along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. MLB's St. Louis Cardinals and NHL's St. Louis Blues offer fun opportunities to enjoy a day or evening at a sports venue. St. Louis has many parks to enjoy.
Some companies that are in St. Louis include Edward Jones Investments, Mastercard, Pfizer, Anheuser-Busch and Boeing. There are also several biotech companies in and in neighboring suburbs.
7. Orlando, Florida
Orlando, Florida has a large population but much of it is young and single. Known mostly for Walt Disney World, the amusement parks employ many of Orlando's single residents, but there are also career opportunities for those in industry, technology, hospitality, engineering and research.
Orlando is home to the Central Florida Research Park. Sports enthusiasts enjoy the NBA's Orlando Magic. The music scene is diverse, and there are plenty of opportunities for nightlife with shopping, dining and clubbing. Orlando is home to the Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival. The city is known as "Hollywood East" because it is home to movie and recording studios which provide jobs to the city's single residents.
6. Charlotte, North Carolina
Nearly half of Charlotte, North Carolina's population is single. The city has had a surge in population but remains relatively low cost to live in. Charlotte offers many career opportunities, has great sports teams and a fun social vibe. Businesses with headquarters in Charlotte include Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Truist Financial, Honeywell, Credit Karma and Lowes.
Charlotte is home to the University of North Carolina and sports teams including NFL's Panthers and NBA's Hornets. The city is also home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Divided into neighborhoods, there are several popular with young singles. Charlotte has many restaurants, cafes, shopping centers, bars, pubs and nightclubs.
5. Seattle, Washington
Seattle, Washington has everything a single woman wants. It's a great place for a career and has been named the best place for businesses and careers by Forbes Magazine. It has outdoor activities, cultural attractions and sport. Companies located in Seattle include Amazon, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Seattle's Best Coffee, T-Mobile, Expidia, Inc. and Nintendo America.
The city that gave us grunge music has plenty of venues for those interested in the music scene. Nearly half of the population is single. Located on the Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest residents and visitors enjoy water activities including sailing and kayaking as well as hiking and skiing. Known as the "coffee capital of the world", Seattle has plenty of coffee shops to meet up with friends or enjoy a first date.
4. Atlanta, Georgia
Falling within the top 5 places to live in the U.S. as a single woman is Atlanta Georgia. For those interested in living in a big city, Atlanta has plenty of opportunities. While the cost of living is high, the city is filled with career opportunities and with a youthful population.
Atlanta is headquarters to The Coca Cola, Company, The Home Depot, Delta Air Lines, Turner Broadcasting, AT & T and UPS. Sports fans enjoy the MLB Atlanta Braves and NFL Falcons. The city has several cultural attractions including opera, ballet and theater. There are parks to enjoy by day and clubs to enjoy by night.
3. Boston, Massachusetts
Boston, Massachusetts offers many opportunities for a single woman. As with any big city in the U.S., the cost of living in Boston is high. Rent alone can be more than $1,500 a month. However, there are many opportunities to have a successful career.
Major companies in Boston include General Electric, Fidelity Investments, Liberty Mutual, Gillette, Wayfair, Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase Co. Dell, Verizon Communications and Johnson & Johnson. Boston is home to several universities including MIT, Harvard, Boston College, Northeastern University and Boston University, so education is a good field to be in.
The city also has many career opportunities in healthcare. Historic Boston located on the Atlantic Coast and the beautiful Charles River has many distinct neighborhoods that combine old colonial architecture with modern buildings.
The city has amazing parks including Boston Commons which is the oldest public park in the United States. Boston is active night and day with shopping, dining, clubs, museums and more. It is also the home of the Red Sox who play at Fenway Park and the Boston Marathon.
2. Chicago, Illinois
If you're a single woman who wants to enjoy big city life but maybe not that of a city like Manhattan, Chicago may be for you. Chicago is like a smaller, mid western version of NYC. Of course the cost of living is high, but the job market is great. There are also several neighborhoods perfect for a single woman to live including
The Loop, Printers Row, River North, Old Town and West Town. Many major companies are located in Chicago that offer great careers in education, government, technology, manufacturing, hospitality and more.
Some of the major corporations in Chicago are Boeing, United, AON, CNA, Braintree, Echo Global Logistics, Morningstar, Grubhub and Slalom. Chicago has some of the best shopping, dining and nightlife in the country. Lake Michigan offers plenty of opportunities for water sports. There also parks and trails.
1. Washington DC
Washington DC is the best city in the United States for a single woman to live. While its not the best place to live with the high cost of living, you can earn a good salary working in Washington DC. You can also find affordable, great places to live as a single woman in DC's suburbs.
As far as a career is concerned, DC has plenty of opportunities to work in government and law. There are also many retail and hospitality positions. Major companies in DC include Fannie Mae, Capital One, Amtrak, Lockheed Martin, FTI Consulting and Marriott Corporation. For a single woman living in DC, there are plenty of parks to enjoy as well as visits to government buildings or the Smithsonian Museums.
Whether in DC or its Maryland or Virginia suburbs, there is plenty to do including recreation, shopping, live performances, restaurants, rooftop bars, clubs and lounges.
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