There are great cities for singles all over the country, but South Carolina has three of the top 25!

Living single is more and more popular, and three South Carolina cities make it even better, ranking among the 25 Best Places for Singles to Live, according to a recent survey.

US News looked at the 150 most populated metro areas, and figured out where the best spots for singles to enjoy life. They based their rankings on a number of factors, including population size for unmarried residents, cost of living, desirability and much more.

“Whether you’re single and loving it or on the hunt for a future spouse, some cities seem better than others for finding plenty of other single friends, a big enough dating pool and a cost of living that won’t force you to live with 12 roommates,” the report said. “To help you find the right metro area to enjoy the single life, we examined which of the 150 most populous metro areas in the U.S. have a significant population of unmarried residents over age 15, based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey that used that age as the cutoff point for singles.”

With all their numbers tallied up, it turns out three cities from South Carolina are near the top of those rankings:

Myrtle Beach is the best of the batch, with Columbia coming in at No. 5, and Charleston dropping in at No. 18. The list has cities from 13 different states, with Florida grabbing a whopping eight of the top 25. Nevada and New Mexico are the only states out West in the top 25. North Carolina sadly did not have any cities make the top of the list.

Here’s a look at the full Top 25 of the Best Places for Singles to live, as well as all the key information US News used to decide which cities were the best.

 

  • 1. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

    Myrtle Beach South Carolina Best Places for Singles

    Myrtle Beach South Caroline at night. (Larry Gibson / Getty Images)

    Best Places 2022-2023 Rank: 37
    Metro Population: 481,489
    Share of Population Unmarried: 45.9%
    Median Home Price: $198,600
    Average Annual Salary: $39,250
    Net Migration, 2015-2019: 15.65%

  • 2. Lakeland, Florida

    Best Places 2022-2023 Rank: 113
    Metro Population: 705,735
    Share of Population Unmarried: 51.8%
    Median Home Price: $304,274
    Average Annual Salary: $45,430
    Net Migration, 2016-2021: 12.98%

  • 3. Tallahassee, Florida

    Best Places 2022-2023 Rank: 110
    Metro Population: 384,783
    Share of Population Unmarried: 59.4%
    Median Home Price: $190,500
    Average Annual Salary: $48,290
    Net Migration, 2016-2021: 1.73%

  • 4. Austin, Texas

    Best Places 2022-2023 Rank: 13
    Metro Population: 2,173,804
    Share of Population Unmarried: 50.7%
    Median Home Price: $504,273
    Average Annual Salary: $57,830
    Net Migration, 2016-2021: 8.45%

  • 5. Columbia, South Carolina

    Columbia, South Carolina

    Columbia, South Carolina (Sean Pavone / Getty Images)

    Best Places 2022-2023 Rank: 80
    Metro Population: 832,925
    Share of Population Unmarried: 52.7%
    Median Home Price: $275,350
    Average Annual Salary: $47,420
    Net Migration, 2016-2021: 6.74%

  • 6. Chicago, Illinois

    Best Places 2022-2023 Rank: 79
    Metro Population: 9,478,801
    Share of Population Unmarried: 51.3%
    Median Home Price: $352,474
    Average Annual Salary: $60,340
    Net Migration 2016-2021: -3.27%

  • 7. Daytona Beach, Florida

    Best Places 2022-2023 Rank: 68
    Metro Population: 658,961
    Share of Population Unmarried: 51.4%
    Median Home Price: $339,137
    Average Annual Salary: $43,100
    Net Migration, 2016-2021: 10.05%

  • 8. Tampa, Florida

    Best Places 2022-2023 Rank: 39
    Metro Population: 3,152,928
    Share of Population Unmarried: 52%
    Median Home Price: $369,299
    Average Annual Salary: $51,770
    Net Migration, 2016-2021: 6.67%

  • 9. Buffalo, New York

    Best Places 2022-2023 Rank: 45
    Metro Population: 1,129,018
    Share of Population Unmarried: 53.3%
    Median Home Price: $236,791
    Average Annual Salary: $53,300
    Net Migration 2016-2021: -0.2%

  • 10. Las Vegas, Nevada

    Best Places 2022-2023 Rank: 139
    Metro Population: 2,228,866
    Share of Population Unmarried: 53.7%
    Median Home Price: $453,158
    Average Annual Salary: $49,960
    Net Migration 2016-2021: 5.65%

  • 11. Jacksonville, Florida

    Best Places 2022-2023 Rank: 24
    Metro Population: 1,533,796
    Share of Population Unmarried: 50.5%
    Median Home Price: $348,852
    Average Annual Salary: $49,940
    Net Migration, 2016-2021: 6.78%

  • 12. San Antonio, Texas

    Best Places 2022-2023 Rank: 83
    Metro Population: 2,510,211
    Share of Population Unmarried: 52.5%
    Median Home Price: $327,260
    Average Annual Salary: $49,520
    Net Migration, 2016-2021: 4.69%

  • 13. Pensacola, Florida

    Best Places 2022-2023 Rank: 44
    Metro Population: 496,800
    Share of Population Unmarried: 51.2%
    Median Home Price: $200,800
    Average Annual Salary: $45,170
    Net Migration, 2016-2021: 5.48%

  • 14. Eugene, Oregon

    Best Places 2022-2023 Rank: 119
    Metro Population: 377,749
    Share of Population Unmarried: 53.9%
    Median Home Price: $323,000
    Average Annual Salary: $50,770
    Net Migration, 2016-2021: 4.28%

  • 15. Tucson, Arizona

    Best Places 2022-2023 Rank: 81
    Metro Population: 1,083,476
    Share of Population Unmarried: 53.5%
    Median Home Price: $378,882
    Average Annual Salary: $51,380
    Net Migration, 2016-2021: 3.83%

  • 16. Phoenix, Arizona

    Best Places 2022-2023 Rank: 67
    Metro Population: 4,860,338
    Share of Population Unmarried: 50.9%
    Median Home Price: $463,117
    Average Annual Salary: $54,870
    Net Migration, 2016-2021: 6.38%

  • 17. Kalamazoo, Michigan

    Best Places 2022-2023 Rank: 40
    Metro Population: 264,322
    Share of Population Unmarried: 53%
    Median Home Price: $161,050
    Average Annual Salary: $51,480
    Net Migration, 2016-2021: 0.12%

  • 18. Charleston, South Carolina

    Charleston, South Carolina, USA Skyline

    Charleston, South Carolina over the Ashley River. (Sean Pavone / Getty Images)

    Best Places 2022-2023 Rank: 49
    Metro Population: 790,955
    Share of Population Unmarried: 50.7%
    Median Home Price: $448,646
    Average Annual Salary: $50,810
    Net Migration 2016-2021: 5.63%

  • 19. Lansing, Michigan

    Best Places 2022-2023 Rank: 65
    Metro Population: 547,786
    Share of Population Unmarried: 53.6%
    Median Home Price: $157,267
    Average Annual Salary: $54,800
    Net Migration 2016-2021: 0.13%

  • 20. Sarasota, Florida

    Best Places 2022-2023 Rank: 9
    Metro Population: 821,613
    Share of Population Unmarried: 45.6%
    Median Home Price: $387,630
    Average Annual Salary: $48,180
    Net Migration 2016-2021: 12.01%

  • 21. Savannah, Georgia

    Best Places 2022-2023 Rank: 102
    Metro Population: 390,211
    Share of Population Unmarried: 53.4%
    Median Home Price: $215,350
    Average Annual Salary: $47,510
    Net Migration, 2016-2021: 2.42%

  • 22. Albuquerque, New Mexico

    Best Places 2022-2023 Rank: 129
    Metro Population: 915,986
    Share of Population Unmarried: 55.2%
    Median Home Price: $372,928
    Average Annual Salary: $51,590
    Net Migration 2016-2021: 0.7%

  • 23. Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    Best Places 2022-2023 Rank: 93
    Metro Population: 856,779
    Share of Population Unmarried: 54%
    Median Home Price: $309,802
    Average Annual Salary: $49,260
    Net Migration, 2016-2021: -1.53%

  • 24. Springfield, Massachusetts

    Best Places 2022-2023 Rank: 117
    Metro Population: 698,537
    Share of Population Unmarried: 56.4%
    Median Home Price: $333,741
    Average Annual Salary: $55,710
    Net Migration, 2016-2021: -0.5%

  • 25. Orlando, Florida

    Best Places 2022-2023 Rank: 118
    Metro Population: 2,560,260
    Share of Population Unmarried: 51.7%
    Median Home Price: $399,846
    Average Annual Salary: $48,530
    Net Migration, 2016-2021: 5.48%

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