DC a Top City for Singles

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‘Happy Loving Couple, Farragut North Washington DC’
courtesy of ‘chip py the photo guy’

It’s always interesting to see how DC stacks up to other cities.  Apparently it’s the most walkable city, the healthiest city, and the best city for teleworking (?).  Well, here’s another honor: Forbes recently named it the 5th best city for singles. What makes it so great?  Well, here are the Forbes categories and DC’s rank in each: coolness (7th), culture (9th), online dating (3rd), nightlife (28th–ouch!), and ratio of singles to the entire population (8th).  The District is fifth after New York City, Boston, Chicago, and Seattle.

This isn’t the first time DC has been noted as a great city for singles.  Back in 2007 Kiplinger’s magazine said the District was a top 5 city for singles, in 2008 MSNBC rated the District as the sixth best city for singles, and our fair city has consistently been in the Forbes top ten list every year. With its reputation as a city full of young, ambitious recent graduates, the District does attract its share of date-able people. But is it really easier to find a date here than in other cities?

Shannon grew up in the greater DC area/Maryland suburbs, went to Virginia for college and grad school (go Hoos!), and settled in DC in 2006. She’s an urban planner who loves transit (why yes, that is her dressed as a Metro pylon for Halloween), cities, and all things DC. Email her at Shannon (at) WeLoveDC.com!

4 thoughts on “DC a Top City for Singles

  1. DC is a perfect city for singles, if by singles they mean males who are giant douchebags. They seem to have a lot of success!

  2. I believe there was also a recent study that said there were 10 single (straight) women to every 1 single straight man. DC seems to be a city of single women and gay men, a.k.a. the gays and their hags. I don’t mean for this to be insulting in any way, I’m one of these ladies, but I’m just pointing it out :)

  3. Wrong! DC is NOT a good city for singles!!!! I agree with Melita….DC is a good city for singles to stay single. Pros in the City offers some interesting get togethers for singles.