Magazine picks top cities for singles
To determine the
best city for singles, we ranked 40 of the largest U.S. metropolitan
centers in six different areas: nightlife, culture, job growth, number
of other singles, cost of living alone and coolness. Each metro is
assigned a ranking of 1 to 40 in each category, based on quantitative
data. Those ranks are then averaged to determine the final rankings.
Ties are broken by readers' preferences.
Singles: The number of singles is based on the percentage of a
metro's population above the age of 15 that has never been married. Data
provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Nightlife: Nightlife is based on the number of restaurants, bars
and nightclubs in each standard metropolitan area. Data provided by
Culture: Our cultural index is determined by the number of
museums, pro sports teams, and live theater and concert venues, as well
as the university population, in each metro. Data provided by Citysearch
and Montreal International.
Cost of Living Alone: Our proprietary Cost of Living Alone index
is determined by the average cost of a metro area's apartment rent, a
Pizza Hut pizza, a movie ticket and a six-pack of Heineken. This year we
factored in entry-level salary data as well. The majority of the raw
data for the cost of living index was provided by Arlington, Va.-based
ACCRA. Salary data provided by the New York-based Mercer Human Resource
Job Growth: Job growth rankings are determined by the projected
percentage of job growth over the next five years for each metro. Data
provided by Washington, D.C.-based Woods & Poole Economics.
Coolness: Coolness is determined by an area's diversity and its
number of creative workers (i.e., those whose jobs require creativity,
such as artists, scientists, teachers and musicians). Richard Florida
and Kevin Stolarick—both of Catalytix as well as George Mason University
and Carnegie Mellon University, respectively—and Gary Gates of the
University of California at Los Angeles School of Law provided the data.