Although many of these areas boast below-average living costs, paychecks typically are below average, too. Cost-of-living data is provided by the Council for Community and Economic Research, which tracks living expenses nationwide. For greener and more-single pastures, head a couple of hours east to Morgantown, home of West Virginia University.
We started by looking for metropolitan areas with more than 125,000 people.Then we penalized places with small populations of singles, including the never-married, divorced and widowed. Dubbed by some the "Savings Bond Capital of America," Parkersburg offers more in the way of stability than sex appeal.The share of unmarried residents in each of these bottom-ten cities is well shy of the national average. With 54.4% of the population married, singles ready to mingle find themselves wading in a shallow dating pool. At least the area comes with affordable living costs and a low unemployment rate of 5.9% (compared with the national 6.5% rate), as of December 2013.Financial indicators didn't boost the cities' attractiveness. The young and unmarried may be particularly restless: The median age is 42.2 years old, versus the U. But with median incomes typically 18.9% less than the national median, you may still feel inclined to pinch your pennies.Metro population: 150,119 Percentage of unmarried adults: 43.7% Cost of living: 8.1% below U. average Median household income: ,659 Alternative city: Marietta, Ga.
Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains near the shores of Lake Hartwell, this small-town setting doesn't exactly sing to singles.
After all, the city proper has a population of just 26,708, making it more likely that you'll find a familiar face than a hot new love interest. For a bigger, bustling metropolis, Atlanta is just two hours south and holds far more favorable odds for unmarried folks to find fun times.
Sorry, singles, but these cities just aren't that into you.
The places that are ranked poor for the unmarried may be quite lovely for couples, families or retirees.
But based on economic and demographic factors, we found these cities to be far from perfect matches for resident bachelors and bachelorettes.
How did we come up with our list of the worst cities for singles?