Top 10 Cities for Single Women

By Paula Santonocito, GCDF

6. Minneapolis. There’s magic in Minneapolis, and some of it has to do with the economy.

New to our list, this often overlooked city on the mighty Mississippi has the second-lowest unemployment rate of our Top Cities and a vast array of industries. Manufacturing, information technology, financial services, education, insurance, health care, and medical equipment are among the many fields offering career opportunities.

The cost of living is also relatively low in Minneapolis; it’s 38 percent cheaper than New York, and housing costs 62 percent less. Rowhouses, townhomes, single family homes, condos, and lofts are among the many housing choices.

When it comes to entertainment, Minneapolis also offers choices galore. Arts and culture abound, as do local legends like Prince, who still drops by the city’s clubs when he’s in town.

Minneapolis likes to celebrate, and you can join in the fun at any one of the city’s annual festivals, which include Oktoberfest and the Renaissance Festival. You can also cheer for pro sports teams in this city.

Healthy living matters to Minnesotans, and life in this city is no exception. Here you can enjoy fresh produce and support local businesses by shopping at one of the city’s 17 farmers markets.

And that’s only the beginning. From the standpoint of healthy lifestyle, few cities on our list rival Minneapolis, whose name comes from Dakota Indian and Greek words that loosely translated mean city of waters. Minneapolis’ nickname is City of Lakes, and there are more than 16 lakes and ponds within the city limits, which allow for swimming, boating, skating, and other activities. Minneapolis also has more than 180 parks, where you can hike to your heart’s content while taking in all nature has to offer.

Minneapolis has slightly more men than women, and a little more than 32 percent of the population is single.

The magic of this city wasn’t lost on television producers who made Minneapolis home to one of television’s first independent single woman characters, Mary Richards, played by Mary Tyler Moore.

Mary Richards, a 30-something single woman, worked as a news producer in Minneapolis from 1970 to 1977 (and stays eternally young, single, and employed in syndication). Today, a statue of Mary Tyler Moore, as the hat-tossing Mary Richards, graces downtown Minneapolis.

TV buffs may recall the show’s theme song includes the lines, “You can have a town, why don’t you take it. You’re going to make it after all.” Single women in Minneapolis may find, as Mary did, the song rings true.