The Best Cities for Single Girls

We've crunched the numbers on some critical stats—like ratio of men to women (natch!)—to find five great places to be a single lady right now.


January 21, 2014 10:00 AM


Claim to fame: BBQ joints and South by Southwest.
Little-known fact: It’s the fastest- growing city in the U.S., with the most live-music venues per capita.
Where you’ll work: Tech firms like Dell, UT Austin, and the state of Texas (it’s the capital).
Where you’ll hang: Bars on East Sixth Street, like East Side Showroom, and on South Congress, like Crow Bar, are “laid-back, not gross and cruise-y,” says Amanda, 36.
Oddball date: Head to Congress Avenue Bridge to see millions of bats congregate at sundown.
Insider tip: Live shows are a “great place to meet people,” says Amanda. Men are there to see music and have conversations, not just to get laid (though there’s that, too!). 
Guy you'll meet: He's got "neck tattoos and good manners," says Machell, 40.  

By The Numbers

Ratio: 1.152 men per 1 woman
Well-being: 34th out of 189 metro areas
Unemployment: 5.1 percent
Wage gap: -17¢
Violent crime: 4.09 per 1,000 people