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20 Best Cities to Get Laid in America: See the List

Alone on Valentine’s Day? Maybe it’s time for a move. The Daily Beast figures out which cities are best for singles.

Dateless on Valentine’s Day? Not a problem—if you happen to live in one of these cities, which we’ve determined to be statistically favorable towards the unattached.
 
To compile the list, we used the U.S. Census to track down the percentage of the entire adult population that’s single in nearly 400 metro areas across the U.S. We also wanted to look at the ratio of single adult males to females—but the cities that topped our list all have a 1:1 ratio, so we got a little more specific, comparing the percentages of males and females that are single.  

(There is not yet Census data on singles interested in same-sex dating, though it does track same-sex couples.)

We also wanted to find the cities where single residents have the most cash to spend on dating, so we considered the average annual income and cost-of-living Index for each metro area. Lastly, we referred to Google Trends for data on searches for “online dating” and “OkCupid” and added bonus weighting to the cities that appeared among the top 45 for those searches.

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Iowa City, IA

Single percent of total population: 53.8%
Percent of male adults that are single: 53.2%
Percent of female adults that are single: 54.4%
Average annual income: $67,022
Cost of living index: 101.7

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Columbus, OH

Single percent of total population: 50.4%
Percent of male adults that are single: 49.2%
Percent of female adults that are single: 51.5%
Average annual income: $70,518
Cost of living index: 91.2
*Bonus: Ranked 17 among top 45 cities for OkCupid online searches

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Santa Rosa, CA

Single percent of total population: 51.2%
Percent of male adults that are single: 50.2%
Percent of female adults that are single: 52.3%
Average annual income: $79,708
Cost of living index: n/a

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Blacksburg, VA

Single percent of total population: 57.4%
Percent of male adults that are single: 58.4%
Percent of female adults that are single: 56.5%
Average annual income: $57,150
Cost of living index: 95

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Seattle, WA

Single percent of total population: 48.5%
Percent of male adults that are single: 47.9%
Percent of female adults that are single: 49.2%
Average annual income: $84,303
Cost of living index: 115.2
*Bonus: Ranked 6 among top 45 cities for OkCupid online searches

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Lincoln, NE

Single percent of total population: 50.9%
Percent of male adults that are single: 51.2%
Percent of female adults that are single: 50.7%
Average annual income: $65,818
Cost of living index: 92.9

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Tallahassee, FL

Single percent of total population: 59.2%
Percent of male adults that are single: 57.7%
Percent of female adults that are single: 60.5%
Average annual income: $62,411
Cost of living index:  n/a

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Kingston, NY

Single percent of total population: 51.4%
Percent of male adults that are single: 51.1%
Percent of female adults that are single: 51.8%
Average annual income: $71,743
Cost of living index:  n/a

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Morgantown, WV

Single percent of total population: 61%
Percent of male adults that are single: 61.8%
Percent of female adults that are single: 60%
Average annual income: $57,560
Cost of living index: 105.3

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Las Vegas, NV

Single percent of total population: 52.1%
Percent of male adults that are single: 51.6%
Percent of female adults that are single: 52.4%
Average annual income: $65,149
Cost of living index: 98.3
*Bonus: Ranked 14 among top 45 cities for OkCupid online searches

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Vallejo, CA

Single percent of total population: 48.9%

Percent of male adults that are single: 48.7%

Percent of female adults that are single: 49.1%

Average annual income: $80,124

Cost of living index: n/a

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Champaign-Urbana, IL

Single percent of total population: 56.9%

Percent of male adults that are single: 57.1%

Percent of female adults that are single: 56.7%

Average annual income: $60,104

Cost of living index: 99

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Lawrence, KS

Single percent of total population: 61.3%

Percent of male adults that are single: 60.1%

Percent of female adults that are single: 62.5%

Average annual income: $61,587

Cost of living index: n/a 

Ames, IA

Single percent of total population: 57.9%

Percent of male adults that are single: 58.4%

Percent of female adults that are single: 57.4%

Average annual income: $59,867

Cost of living index: 96

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Boulder, CO

Single percent of total population: 49.6%

Percent of male adults that are single: 49.5%

Percent of female adults that are single: 49.8%

Average annual income: $91,099

Cost of living index: 105.3

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Austin, TX

Single percent of total population: 50.3%

Percent of male adults that are single: 49.7%

Percent of female adults that are single: 51%

Average annual income: $78,506

Cost of living index: 93.3

*Bonus: Ranked 9 among top 45 cities for OkCupid online searches

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Ithaca, NY

Single percent of total population: 56.5%

Percent of male adults that are single: 56.3%

Percent of female adults that are single: 56.5%

Average annual income: $70,121

Cost of living index: 103.7

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Oxnard, CA

Single percent of total population: 47.1%

Percent of male adults that are single: 47%

Percent of female adults that are single: 47.4%

Average annual income: $93,783

Cost of living index: 97.7

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Ann Arbor, MI

Single percent of total population: 54.4%

Percent of male adults that are single: 54.1%

Percent of female adults that are single: 54.5%

Average annual income: $79,240

Cost of living index: 102.2

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Santa Barbara, CA

Single percent of total population: 53%

Percent of male adults that are single: 53.2%

Percent of female adults that are single: 52.6%

Average annual income: $83,569

Cost of living index: 97.7