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Seattle named in Top 10 list of places to move to for love

Seattle has been named in a Top 10 list of the best cities for singles to move to for love, according to an analysis by Zillow.

The ranking of the 100 largest U.S. cities was based on factors that included the population singles, available rental units and rent affordability.

Wichita, Kansas, was ranked number one despite not having one of the largest singles populations. It was its incredible affordability that put it over the edge.

Wichita also has the highest share of rental units that are affordable to singles, which leaves singles more spending money for dating and other activities.

“Remote work has opened up housing possibilities all over the country,” said Amanda Pendleton, a home trends expert with Zillow. “If untethered from an office, singles can move to places that offer more affordability and a vibrant singles scene. Metro areas like Wichita, where your housing dollar stretches further, are particularly appealing at a time when, nationally, rents are nearly 16% higher than last year.”

The top 10 best cities for singles to move to for love, according to Zillow are:

  1. Wichita, KS
  2. Austin, TX
  3. Milwaukee, WI
  4. Denver, CO
  5. San Antonio, TX
  6. Houston, TX
  7. Dallas, TX
  8. Seattle, WA
  9. Washington, DC
  10. Boston, MA

Another recent Zillow survey found that 51% of renters reported being single and never married, along with having a lower household income compared to the overall population.

The best cities for singles were determined using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, along with the Zillow Observed Rent Index. The data that was analyzed included how many rental listings there are in an area per single person, places with more single people, average rent prices as of May 2022, and the affordability of the rentals based on single incomes.