I've blogged on the worst cities for singles, here are the best ones:
Best Cities For Singles
By Elisabeth Eaves, Forbes.com
August 21, 2007
The winner: San Francisco, up from fourth place. It ranked first for culture and received high marks for number of singles, nightlife, online dating and cool. The "city that never sleeps," New York, came in a strong second place, thanks to its performance as the country's No. 1 spot for nightlife. Entertainment mecca Los Angeles came in third; Atlanta fourth, and Chicago fifth. Rounding out the top ten are Washington, San Diego, Seattle, Fort-Worth and Philadelphia.
Denver, meanwhile, our top-ranked city from 2004 to 2006, has dropped to 16th place. But before Denver city elders start beating themselves up over this, we should note that this is largely because, amid several refinements to our methodology this year, we've switched to a new way of defining each city. In the past, the boundaries and population of each city were drawn from the U.S. Census Bureau's list of "Metropolitan Statistical Areas." But in 2007, we've begun using the Census Bureau's "Urbanized Area," which provides a tighter focus on cities themselves.
That means the youthful, nearby city of Boulder is no longer included in our assessment of Denver, and that hurt the Mile-High City a lot. But Denver still has one major draw for singles: It's ranked No. 1 on affordability.
Our switch to the Census Bureau's "urbanized area" definition also means several cities that had been on our list in previous years -- Nashville and North Carolina's Charlotte Greensboro and Raleigh-Durham -- are no longer included, since they lack a large enough central population in their urban centers. Several new cities -- Jacksonville, Fla., Buffalo, N.Y., Memphis and Baltimore -- replace them.
Of course they don't include Kansas towns, because Kansas places a high priority on being a "family oriented town" despite the fact that the article said singles over 18 now make up more than 41% and have more spend-able income. Wichita lost money on the River Festival last year because the keep listening to the puritanical "family oriented people" who didn't want their kids to see drinking or hear rock music. Attendance was up, income down. Big surprise there, but Wichita's leaders are the stubborn types who refuse to learn from their mistakes.