Top 10 Cities for Single Women

By Paula Santonocito, GCDF

5. Washington, D.C. The nation’s capital, while still a capital place for single women, has dropped from No. 2 on last year’s list to No. 5 this year. Cost of living contributes to the lower ranking as does the employment outlook, along with the ratio of men to women.

While the unemployment rate in Washington, D.C. remains far below the national average, and indeed is the lowest of the city’s on our list, lawmakers are currently wrangling over significant budget cuts that will ultimately impact jobs. The federal government is a major area employer so this is cause for consideration.

Nevertheless, it’s worth sharing statistics we mentioned last year. The federal government currently loses more than 50,000 employees per year to retirement, and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) estimates that 60 percent of the current federal workforce of 3 million will be eligible to retire in the next 10 years. The numbers suggest jobs will be available. Keep mind, too, that the federal government employs professionals in nearly every field.

But this city has more than career opportunities in government. Washington, D.C. is also a high-tech hub, and the areas many colleges and universities offer employment opportunities.

From a cultural standpoint, the nation’s capital has much to offer. The Smithsonian, the world’s largest museum complex, includes art and history museums and the National Zoo. The National Gallery of Art, other museums, memorials, and national landmarks will keep you busy and inspired.

If you’re looking for sports or recreation, you’ll find it in D.C. The 300-acre East Potomac Park has hiking and biking trails, a golf course, and more. You can also kayak on the Potomac River. If rooting for other athletes is your thing, the nation’s capital has pro sports teams.

Single women beach lovers will find many sand and surf destinations within a short distance of the city. A weekend at the beach, whether in Maryland, Delaware or Virginia, can definitely be on your summer itinerary if you live in Washington, D.C.

If you long for longer vacations, Dulles International Airport can take you anywhere your heart desires, while Reagan National Airport provides nationwide connections.

When it comes to finding a home in a neighborhood that suits your style, you’ll have plenty of choices, including historic Georgetown, the popular and conveniently located Dupont Circle, and the trendy Adams Morgan, among others.

There are slightly more women than men in Washington, D.C., but approximately 36 percent of the population is single. This city with so much history, power, and glamour offers single women intriguing possibilities for socializing and dating. By night as by day, D.C. has much to offer single women.