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Atlanta Tops Forbes' Best Cities for Singles List
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Sept. 9, 2008 -- If you're single, you might feel right at home in Atlanta, which Forbes lists as this year's best U.S. city for singles.

It's the first time that Atlanta has topped the list. Forbes cites seven factors -- "coolness, cost of living alone, culture, job growth, online dating, nightlife, and number of singles" -- as the basis of its best cities for singles list.

How do you measure things like "coolness" and "nightlife"? The "coolness" rankings came from a national poll conducted by Harris Interactive; the "nightlife" ratings came from the number of nightclubs per capita. And the number of singles in each city is based on the percentage of never-married singles older than 15.

40 Best Cities for Singles

Here is Forbes' full list of the best cities for singles:

  1. Atlanta
  2. San Francisco
  3. Dallas
  4. Minneapolis
  5. Washington, D.C.
  6. Seattle
  7. Boston
  8. New York
  9. Orlando, Fla.
  10. Phoenix
  11. Chicago
  12. Denver-Aurora
  13. Miami
  14. Austin, Texas
  15. San Antonio
  16. Los Angeles
  17. Houston
  18. Charlotte, N.C.
  19. San Diego
  20. St. Louis
  21. Columbus, Ohio
  22. Philadelphia
  23. Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla.
  24. Las Vegas
  25. Baltimore
  26. Virginia Beach-Norfolk, Va.
  27. Detroit
  28. Pittsburgh
  29. Portland, Ore.
  30. Buffalo, N.Y.
  31. Milwaukee
  32. Sacramento, Calif.
  33. Cincinnati
  34. Memphis, Tenn.
  35. Providence, R.I.
  36. Kansas City, Kan.
  37. Indianapolis
  38. Cleveland
  39. Salt Lake City
  40. Jacksonville, Fla.

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