Single and Looking…

Author: Alecia Pirulis

Greenwich Village

…for an apartment


So you are setting out on an adventure … an eager single person ready to tackle the big city. But which city? Before you pin a map to the wall and throw darts at it, think it through – being single, you’ll want a place with an active nightlife, sidewalk cafes, theaters – in short, a great social scene. It will also have to have a strong economy, reasonable rent, and walkability (how can you meet Mr. or Miss. Right if you are in your car all the time?) .

Luckily, Forbes magazine recently came out with a list of the best places for singles to live. Number one was, of course, New York. Manhattan. The Big Apple. The City That Never Sleeps. If you can make it there … you get the idea. New York is not reasonable in rent, but it makes up for that with the best night scene on the planet – and of course it is synonymous with walking. It is corner markets, Broadway, Fifth Avenue, museums, and shopping. Yellow taxi cabs and rude waiters. Sidewalk cafes and high-rise apartment buildings. SoHo, Wall Street, and Greenwich Village. Some of the greatest romantic movies ever made where based in New York. So if you’re looking for your own version of An Affair to Remember, live in The City.

If New York is just not calling your name, Los Angeles, California came in at number eight. Bright lights, movie stars, palm trees and the Pacific Coast – being single in LA is just plain fun – the glitz, the glamour, the shopping … Rodeo Drive, the Sunset Strip, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Kodak Theater. What’s not to love? Oh, and speaking of love, LA has the highest percentage of single people in the country. If that isn’t enough to get you packing, LA has some very hip lofts in trendy areas, such as the Arts District, the Fashion District, and Chinatown.

If you aren’t sure about either coast, how about something in the middle? How about the first city in the country to have a traffic light? Or for that matter, the first city in the world to be lighted using electricity? That’s right – Cleveland! Cleveland, Ohio is a great location – it came in at number 14. Cleveland is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the West Side Market, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. It contains great neighborhoods, as well – sports enthusiasts will enjoy living in the Gateway District. For great nightlife, the Entertainment District is the place to be. Historic warehouses converted into amazing lofts? Find your apartment in the Historic Warehouse District.

Rounding out the top five were Boston, Massachusetts (number 2); Chicago, Illinois (number 3); Seattle, Washington (number 4); and Washington, D.C. (number 5).

The state with the most cities on the list was Florida, so if you want to live life in flip-flops and cutoffs, head to the sunshine state! Jacksonville came in at number 40, Tampa at 33, Miami at 29, and Orlando at 26. The great thing about Florida is it’s relatively inexpensive – and you get a lot more apartment for your money.

No matter where you end up, most cities will have a singles scene – whether you prefer nightclubs or symphonies, ball games or museums. Go to the city’s Web site or subscribe to a local paper to find events and activities to get involved in.

Have fun being single in the city!