Minneapolis one of the best cities for singles, study says

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Gives "spooning" a whole different meaning, doesn't it?
As a guy who has been around the dating block a couple-thirteen-fourteen times, let me tell you -- Minneapolis is a pretty good place to be single, at least until you've gone on dates with half of Uptown and have to keep your head on a swivel while out in public as a result.

But don't take my word for it. Listen to the folks at Rent.com, who rank Minneapolis as the seventh best city in the whole country for folks who are single and wanting to mingle.

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LOL at this New York Times article about the Minneapolis dating scene

Of course, some would argue online dating services like Tinder and OKCupid make it easy to meet potential mates/hookups/heartbreakers pretty much wherever you are, but the Rent.com "study" is concerned with meeting people the old-fashioned way -- out and about.

The study also concerns itself with the cost of one-bedroom apartments, because after all, if you don't live by yourself, it can be difficult to avoid subjecting your roommate to an uncomfortable late-night soundtrack if things go really well.

"Relatively inexpensive cost of living and great rental rates make Minneapolis an incredibly affordable [city] for singles!" the study says. "Pop out your headphones and enjoy music with your single friends at Minneapolis Music in the Parks. Scope out a potential mate through a stroll in the Sculpture Garden at the Walker Art Center or showcase your intellect with friends at trivia night at a local pub."

One thing keeping Minneapolis toward the bottom of the top 10 list is that the percentage of single adults here is relatively low, at least as long as we're not comparing ourselves to Des Moines. Here's the full list, with the percentage of singles in parentheses:

10. Chicago (23)
9. Jersey City (23)
8. Portland (24)
7. Mpls (25)
6. Philadelphia (26)
5. Seattle (30)
4. Boston (33)
3. Washington, D.C. (38)
2. NYC (38)
1. San Francisco (39)

Between Minneapolis being a great city for singles and St. Paul somehow ranking as the most romantic city in all of North America, the only thing not to like about dating in the Twin Cities is that Minneapolis women are apparently some of the pickiest in the country. No wonder I'm still single...

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.

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69 comments
Keith Morris
Keith Morris

If you're a homo and not into the cookie-cutter gay bar/club scene, good fuckin' luck.

Craig R
Craig R

If you're rich and a douche

Jonathan Lund
Jonathan Lund

Well if you're gay, I can tell you, Minneapolis is classified as a 'No-fun Zone'. It's the same 12 guys anywhere you go, that gets old after about a week, and you just don't feel like going out again because you know exactly who you're gonna run into.

Tim Truex
Tim Truex

I'm guessing someone who is married came up with that list...lol

Barb Ireland
Barb Ireland

You think The Cities are bad...try moving an hour West. At least there are some singles events down there. But, I know....the chances of actually going to them where they are available are probably slim, too. It's tough out there! :-)

Dan Hogan
Dan Hogan

It's a great city for shallow passive aggressive hipsters

Roger Her
Roger Her

We have to look all the time.

Steve Rood
Steve Rood

What are the top ten places to have brunch alone?

Maria Hainlen
Maria Hainlen

He didn't say you would find a match....its a great place to be single and stay single. Commitment-phobes and "hook-ups only" galore in Minneapolis.

Hopelessromantic
Hopelessromantic

Ugh, what's with all the negativity? Life and love is not suppose to be easy. If we all found our soulmates without working on ourselves or growing as a person than that would be a disservice to them and us.

I'm single, I'll admit it and yes, somedays I just want to pack it all in and be a cat lady but then I remember first of all that I'm allergic to cats and then that your life is what you make it.

Just have faith and keep kissing the frogs until one turns into a prince.

Rick Miller
Rick Miller

No way In the winter women are all bundled up and everyone is freezing and rushing to get out of the cold. In the summer, the women isolate themselves with ear buds and being totally fixated with their smart phones

Lex Lambent
Lex Lambent

ha! all you people writing negative comments about this article...this is the reason you are single. nobody likes a hater.

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81

Minneapolis is only good if you want to STAY single. Minneapolis people are all about their own "clicks" usually made of childhood friends and high school classmates. People here rarely socialize outside of their own clicks. I'm dating a chick from Florida who grew up in Costa Rica, never had luck finding a woman in Minneapolis in over 30 years.

Stan Christiansen
Stan Christiansen

Oh good. I'm in the right spot. Still looking. Too hoo who are you

Dena Brown
Dena Brown

Lived here 20 years Single for last 11 years :(

MzMayla Ancero
MzMayla Ancero

dating scene sucks in Minnesota overall. ..in general lol

Kateri Wozny
Kateri Wozny

i dont agree sorry. i live in LA and THATS the best place for singles!

LittleBoots
LittleBoots

Weed is legal in Seattle. Minnecrapolis=fail.

lund519
lund519

Like much of Minnesota, it's a place to return after you've found someone and want to begin a life and family. I'd say this is a wonderful place for that chapter of your life. But for finding the right person? It's a no-win. Minneapolis has too many people to the point where the person you're dating is expecting the best, and will throw you aside the second someone better comes along, while places outside of Minneapolis - since so many young people move - it's almost certain that you won't find someone even in your age range within the same zip code.

Shawn Lloyd
Shawn Lloyd

I agree, being single in Minneapolis is difficult but I bet if I lived in a small town I could get married and have kids! Not in Minneapolis though......

Joe Gorka
Joe Gorka

Its ok to suck in the cities now. They passed that law too!

Nick Gavin
Nick Gavin

I'm single and don't have any luck in Minneapolis but hudson that's where it's at lol

byork00
byork00

..Um, Yup Jennifer, I think in the study, they were thinking people under 60.  

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