Top 10 Cities for Single Women

By Paula Santonocito, GCDF

Choosing Your Top City

Now that you’ve traveled to SMW’s Top Cities, you may be wondering how to choose your Top City.

While we provide insight into major categories, it’s important to take into account your personal preferences. For example, if you have an aversion to cold weather, you won’t feel warmly toward Minneapolis or Boston. Meanwhile, if you crave wide open spaces, New York City may not be your best choice.

By weighing what you want in the context of what the Top 10 Cities for Single Women offer, you should be able to find a location that satisfies most of your requirements—a place you can call home.

Sources of Info would like to acknowledge Sperling’s BestPlaces, which we referenced for cost of living data, as well as singles population and ratio of women to men.

Sperling’s factors housing (31 percent), food/groceries (16 percent), transportation (10 percent), utilities (8 percent), health (5 percent), and miscellaneous (30 percent) into its cost of living analysis and uses a variety of resources. These resources include published and unpublished data from the Consumer Price Index, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS); health costs from Medicare and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; the Consumer Expenditure Survey (BLS); Current Population Survey (BLS), Department of Energy; the Federal Travel Directory; National Association of Realtors; Home Price Mortgage Index from Freddie Mac; median home sales prices from state realtor associations and county deed records; Coldwell Banker’s Home Price Index; and Sperling’s own research. Sperling’s tells us most metrics have been updated in the past three to six months. relied on singles population data from Sperling’s, as opposed to sources we used last year, because Sperling’s demographic, ages 24-64, coincides closely with our own.

We utilized Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to look at industries with projected growth and compared this data to top industries in major cities. To analyze industries within cities, we relied on numerous sources, including Wikipedia,, and individual city websites.

BLS metropolitan summary analysis provided unemployment information.

Other sources of information include Craigslist,, and various real estate websites (for housing information); airport websites; various state and city websites for park, recreation, arts, and entertainment information and links; college and university websites; and again, Wikipedia. Google Maps was a tremendous asset in terms of analyzing distance and providing geographical information and reference points.

Final Note: On Meeting and Mingling

Even though our carefully researched facts and figures suggest social success, last year’s article drew questions about how to meet men in our Top Cities. Because we suspect this year’s list will prompt similar queries, we wanted to pass along a valuable dating resource.

“The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Finding Mr. Right”by Josie Brown and Martin Brown is filled with dating tips, including a list of 99 places to meet men.

The Browns’ book and our list will help open the door to new people and new places. The rest, single-minded woman, is up to you.

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Paula Santonocito GCDF, a business journalist specializing in employment issues and author of more than 1,000 articles, holds a Workforce Career Coach Facilitator (WCCF) certificate from Thomas Edison State College and has been awarded the Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) designation from the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE). She is career editor of