Wallethub singles map

According to WalletHub, Pittsburgh ranks number 18 overall on the list for best cities for singles. Honorable mention categories include 8th place for nightlife per capita, 9th place for number of cafés per capita and 20th for number of attractions.

Pittsburgh also earned 22nd place for its percentage of single persons. Not too shabby and much better than previous lists of years past which ranked Pittsburgh considerably lower.

Richie Bernardo reports that in 2013, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 44 percent of the population (that’s 105 million Americans) aged 18 or older were unmarried. Bernardo notes that this includes those who are single by choice, divorced, widowed or “attached but not in a formal relationship.”

Location can be the difference between fruitless searching and long-time partnership. “The city one calls home dictates such important factors as the number of prospective partners, diversity of dating activities and costs of going out,” he writes.

WalletHub’s Best and Worst Cities for Singles ranked the country’s 150 most populated cities based on 25 metrics, including the highest and lowest restaurant meal costs, rent for a one-bedroom apartment, number of other singles in the area and amount of nightlife per capita.

Boise, Idaho ranked #1 overall followed by Madison, Denver and Austin.

In the “Romance and Fun” category Pittsburgh ranked #12.

The full report can be read here.

Rebekah Zook is a Duquesne grad and all-around story-telling enthusiast. A former fellow at WESA, she worked as a production assistant for their daily talk show. Most recently, she taught in the Propel Charter School system as a visiting artist. When she isn’t writing, Rebekah is a trip leader for the local non-profit organization Venture Outdoors. You can usually find her in a bright yellow kayak.