America's Best Cities for Singles 2011
Find out where to fly solo: Travel + Leisure readers have ranked the best cities for singles in America.
What’s more important for a great singles scene—the
cocktails, or the conversation?
According to Travel + Leisure readers, the martinis
win. In this year’s America’s Favorite Cities survey, readers evaluated 35
cities on factors such as boutique
transit, and which bar scenes lend themselves to meeting interesting people.
Among the best cities for singles, there was plenty of crossover with cities
that ranked highly in another category—the wild
weekend—whereas being noted for attractive locals wasn’t always enough to make a city come out on top for singles.
One all-around winner was the No. 9 city for singles,
Denver, where the bar scene has a down-to-earth vibe (the city ranked No. 2 for
and the locals ranked well for being fit,
and smart to boot. “I’ve often heard Denver referred to as ‘Men’-ver by out-of-staters,”
says Amber Connor, a Denver native, “because they’ve heard that the city is a
hub for really good-looking men.” It’s not so off base, she concedes. “We do
have more of the rugged, outdoorsy type here.”
Other cities, such as New York, Chicago, and San Francisco,
ranked well for singles thanks to their combinations of good live
restaurants, and diverse populations. As for the “losers” in the singles category, Salt Lake City (No.
34) may be perceived as too squeaky clean, while Anchorage (No. 33) has long had
a rep for having too many men and not enough ladies to throw much of a singles
party. Orlando (No. 30), on the other hand, has perhaps too many “partiers”
drinking from sippy cups.
Of course, you don’t have to limit yourself to watering
holes if you want to meet eligible singles. In Denver, you’ll find plenty of
available locals at sporting events while in San Francisco (No. 12), museums
and art galleries increasingly host happy hours that act as an alternative
And in Austin—which won the silver in the singles
category—the key to meeting people may be doing some daily errands. “One
unofficial singles joint,” says Austin public relations exec Marisa Amador, “is
the Whole Foods Market headquarters in downtown. You can’t graze the salad bar
without spotting a good-looking young professional.”