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Atlanta the sixth-best singles city

July 30, 2009
Natalie Ransom, Realtor & Founding Partner

Natalie Ransom, Realtor & Founding Partner

Submitted by Natalie Ransom, REALTOR®

Atlanta fell from being the best place in America to be a single guy or gal last year to the sixth-best in 2009, according to Forbes.com.

“Atlanta’s got a lot going for it, from the low cost of living — the average one-bedroom apartment costs between $500 and $700 — to cultural events in Piedmont Park as well as a vibrant music scene,” the magazine noted.

The list, which debuted in 2001, annually ranks 40 of the largest U.S. cities by several factors including “coolness,” cost of living, culture, job growth, online dating participation, nightlife and ratio of singles to the total population of the metro area. Data came from the research firm Harris Interactive (NASDAQ: HPOL), the U.S. Census Bureau, AOL CityGuide and Moody’s.

Atlanta landed in first place for cost of living, third for projected job growth from 2009-2014, 17th for coolness, 25th for culture, fifth for online dating, 20th for nightlife and 19th for ratio of singles to the total population of the metro area.

How Forbes.com ranked the best cities for singles:

To generate our list, we ranked 40 of the largest continental U.S. metropolitan statistical areas in seven different categories: coolness, cost of living alone, culture, job growth, online dating participation, nightlife and the ratio of singles to the entire population of the metro. Each metro was assigned a ranking of 1 to 40 in each category, based on quantitative data, and all categories were weighted equally. The ranks were then totaled to determine the final rankings.

A metropolitan statistical area (MSA) is a geographic entity defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget for use by federal agencies in collecting, tabulating and publishing federal statistics. The rankings for each measured category appear below; for a complete explanation of the methodology, click here.

 

Rank City Living Cost Job Growth 2009-2014 Coolness Culture Online Dating Nightlife Singles
1 New York City 22 37 1 4 1 4 3
2 Boston 12 34 9 2 5 11 2
3 Chicago 14 17 8 15 3 12 12
4 Seattle 23 8 4 13 5 8 20
5 Washington D.C. 20 12 7 9 3 28 8
6 Atlanta 1 3 17 25 5 20 19
7 San Francisco 16 27 3 19 5 19 4
8 Los Angeles 18 29 11 30 2 16 1
9 Milwaukee 9 38 29 7 14 2 11
10 Philadelphia 33 25 23 6 5 13 5

To see the entire article from the Atlanta Business Chronicle, please click here. To see the entire article from Forbes.com, please click here.

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