The 10 Best Cities for Bachelors

The 10 Best Cities for Bachelors

What’s important to single men? According to menu bar, it’s "gaming, girls, humor, movies, music, sports, stuff, TV and video."Time and money are precious, so when it comes to where  guys  live, their priorities are that it fit their budget, be close to work and close to nightlife (i.e., girls), according to a recent survey by .Not surprisingly, having a spacious kitchen was NOT important to 96 percent of the bachelors surveyed, backing up the theory that single guys live on takeout. They also
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What’s important to single men? According to Maxim’s menu bar, it’s "gaming, girls, humor, movies, music, sports, stuff, TV and video."

Time and money are precious, so when it comes to where  guys  live, their priorities are that it fit their budget, be close to work and close to nightlife (i.e., girls), according to a recent survey by Rent.com.

Not surprisingly, having a spacious kitchen was NOT important to 96 percent of the bachelors surveyed, backing up the theory that single guys live on takeout. They also like being waited on: Over two-thirds (69 percent) of bachelors who rent said having a maintenance staff readily available in their building is “most essential.”

So what are the best places for them to get all of that? Here are the 10 best cities for bachelors, according to a recent survey by Rent.com.

by Cindy Perman
Posted 04 May 2011


10. Baltimore, MD

Charm City, Mobtown, B’more, The City of Firsts 2.7 millionBaltimore is charming and historic, with several pro sports teams, a lot of nightlife and there are a ton more single women than men. Plus, it's affordable. Heritage Walk, Geppi’s Entertainment Museum, American Visionary Art Museum, a Baltimore Blast soccer game, Baltimore Ravens football game, Baltimore Orioles baseball game, a water taxi tour, a paddleboat ride, a Charm City Food Tour
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Nickname(s): Charm City, Mobtown, B’more, The City of Firsts
Population: 2.7 million

Baltimore is charming and historic, with several pro sports teams, a lot of nightlife and there are a ton more single women than men. Plus, it's affordable.

Date spots: Heritage Walk, Geppi’s Entertainment Museum, American Visionary Art Museum, a Baltimore Blast soccer game, Baltimore Ravens football game, Baltimore Orioles baseball game, a water taxi tour, a paddleboat ride, a Charm City Food Tour

Sources: U.S. Census, Rent.com, Baltimore.org


9. Washington, D.C.

It’s the capital and not a city, so not many nicknames. Mostly just DC. 601,000Rent.com says the nation’s capital is the place for ambitious single men! A lot of cultural and historic attractions, a smell of power in the air and oh yeah, the women outnumber the men. A picnic on the mall, paddle boating on the Tidal Basin with views of Jefferson Memorial and Japanese cherry trees, tour of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, the Smithsonian, the National Zoo, Bohemian Gardens jazz club
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Nickname(s): It’s the capital and not a city, so not many nicknames. Mostly just DC.
Population: 601,000

Rent.com says the nation’s capital is the place for ambitious single men! A lot of cultural and historic attractions, a smell of power in the air and oh yeah, the women outnumber the men.

Date spots: A picnic on the mall, paddle boating on the Tidal Basin with views of Jefferson Memorial and Japanese cherry trees, tour of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, the Smithsonian, the National Zoo, Bohemian Gardens jazz club

Sources: U.S. Census, Rent.com, About.com


8. Philadelphia, PA

The City of Brotherly Love, the Birthplace of America, the Cradle of Liberty (as in the bell) 1.5 millionPhiladelphia makes the list because it has both cultural charm and historic appeal, according to Rent.com – and oh yeah, a favorable ratio of single women to men! Rent.com suggests running up the steps of the Art Museum like Rocky to impress your girl! Plus, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Fairmount Park, Ortlieb’s Jazzhaus, and, for the adventurous, the Mutter Museum of medical oddities
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Nickname(s): The City of Brotherly Love, the Birthplace of America, the Cradle of Liberty (as in the bell)
Population: 1.5 million

Philadelphia makes the list because it has both cultural charm and historic appeal, according to Rent.com – and oh yeah, a favorable ratio of single women to men!

Date spots: Rent.com suggests running up the steps of the Art Museum like Rocky to impress your girl! Plus, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Fairmount Park, Ortlieb’s Jazzhaus, and, for the adventurous, the Mutter Museum of medical oddities

Sources: U.S. Census, Rent.com, Yelp.com


7. New Orleans, LA

The Crescent City, the Big Easy, Nawlins, NOLA 1.2 millionSingle women easily outnumber the single men here in the Big Easy. The people are friendly. Rich food, soulful music, vibrant nightlife and a mysterious air about  the city make it alluring for the single set. Beignets at a French Quarter café, a jazz club, Bourbon Street, a walk along the Mississippi a streetcar ride through the Garden District, a walk through Audubon Park, vampire tour
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Nickname(s): The Crescent City, the Big Easy, Nawlins, NOLA
Population: 1.2 million

Single women easily outnumber the single men here in the Big Easy. The people are friendly. Rich food, soulful music, vibrant nightlife and a mysterious air about  the city make it alluring for the single set.

Date spots: Beignets at a French Quarter café, a jazz club, Bourbon Street, a walk along the Mississippi a streetcar ride through the Garden District, a walk through Audubon Park, vampire tour

Sources: U.S. Census, Rent.com, Yelp.com


6. Los Angeles, CA

City of Angels, Entertainment Capital of the World, La-La Land 3.8 millionLos Angeles is home to a lot of celebrities, plus it has a vibrant nightlife and urban appeal. The weather is gorgeous and there are a ton of beaches. There is about an equal number of men and women. And, you can’t deny the “West Coast cool” factor, Rent.com says. Rooftop observation deck at LAX’s Theme Building for 360-degree views of the city, Getty Museum, Lakers Game at Staples Center, Page Museum at the La Brea Tar
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Nickname(s): City of Angels, Entertainment Capital of the World, La-La Land
Population: 3.8 million

Los Angeles is home to a lot of celebrities, plus it has a vibrant nightlife and urban appeal. The weather is gorgeous and there are a ton of beaches. There is about an equal number of men and women. And, you can’t deny the “West Coast cool” factor, Rent.com says.

Date spots: Rooftop observation deck at LAX’s Theme Building for 360-degree views of the city, Getty Museum, Lakers Game at Staples Center, Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, Venice Beach Boardwalk

Sources: U.S. Census, Rent.com, Yelp.com


5. Miami, FL

The Magic City, Gateway to the Americas 2.5 millionMiami has a spicy nightlife, Rent.com says, there are more single ladies than men and the cost of living is relatively inexpensive. Plus, the beaches and nice weather are an ideal bachelor mix. Matheson Hammock Marina, Just the Funny Theater, Swap Shop Drive-In movie theater, Miami Seaquarium … and of course, long walks on the beach!
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Nickname(s): The Magic City, Gateway to the Americas
Population: 2.5 million

Miami has a spicy nightlife, Rent.com says, there are more single ladies than men and the cost of living is relatively inexpensive. Plus, the beaches and nice weather are an ideal bachelor mix.

Date spots: Matheson Hammock Marina, Just the Funny Theater, Swap Shop Drive-In movie theater, Miami Seaquarium … and of course, long walks on the beach!

Sources: U.S. Census, Rent.com, Yelp.com, Citysearch


4. New York, NY

The Big Apple, Gotham, the City that Never Sleeps 8.1 millionA great city for both single men and single women, according to Rent.com, with diverse neighborhoods and an abundance of restaurants, bars, museums, shows and activities. The real selling point for bachelors: Single women outnumber the men by about a million! A picnic and gondola ride in Central Park, a walk along the High Line park on elevated former subway platform, movie or theater in the park, a Broadway show, Chelsea Piers sports
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Nickname(s): The Big Apple, Gotham, the City that Never Sleeps
Population: 8.1 million

A great city for both single men and single women, according to Rent.com, with diverse neighborhoods and an abundance of restaurants, bars, museums, shows and activities. The real selling point for bachelors: Single women outnumber the men by about a million!

Date spots: A picnic and gondola ride in Central Park, a walk along the High Line park on elevated former subway platform, movie or theater in the park, a Broadway show, Chelsea Piers sports complex, the Museum of Natural History, the Met

Sources: U.S. Census, Rent.com


3. San Antonio, TX

River City, San Antone, Alamo City 1.3 millionWomen outnumber men in San Antonio. “With a low cost of living and big Texas charm, bachelors are sure to find love in this city!” Rent.com says. The San Antonio River Walk, Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes movie theater, San Antonio Botanical Garden
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Nickname(s): River City, San Antone, Alamo City
Population: 1.3 million

Women outnumber men in San Antonio. “With a low cost of living and big Texas charm, bachelors are sure to find love in this city!” Rent.com says.

Date spots: The San Antonio River Walk, Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes movie theater, San Antonio Botanical Garden

Sources: U.S. Census, Rent.com, Yelp.com


2. Chicago, IL

The Windy City, the Second City (because it used to be the second largest city by population after New York), Chi-Town 2.7 millionChicago is a great city for both single men and single women, according to Rent.com. It has single-friendly neighborhoods that have a real community vibe. A walk in Millennium Park, Second City Pizza Tour, Uncle Fun wacky gift store, ReBuilding Exchange (sells recycled building materials, classes in everything from building furniture from salvaged lumber to home repa
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Nickname(s): The Windy City, the Second City (because it used to be the second largest city by population after New York), Chi-Town
Population: 2.7 million

Chicago is a great city for both single men and single women, according to Rent.com. It has single-friendly neighborhoods that have a real community vibe.

Date spots: A walk in Millennium Park, Second City Pizza Tour, Uncle Fun wacky gift store, ReBuilding Exchange (sells recycled building materials, classes in everything from building furniture from salvaged lumber to home repairs), Cook Au Vin cooking school

Sources: U.S. Census, Rent.com, Yelp.com


1. Houston, TX

The Space City (for NASA and other space activity), the Bayou City (for its winding waterways ) and H-Town 2.1 millionHouston is a fun city to live and play, Rent.com says. It’s affordable and there are a lot of great date spots. Plus, there’s roughly an equal amount of men and women.African Forest at the Houston Zoo, Houston Aeros hockey game, Pinot’s Palette (refreshments + painting + music), Discovery Green (park)
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Nickname(s): The Space City (for NASA and other space activity), the Bayou City (for its winding waterways ) and H-Town
Population: 2.1 million

Houston is a fun city to live and play, Rent.com says. It’s affordable and there are a lot of great date spots. Plus, there’s roughly an equal amount of men and women.

Date spots: African Forest at the Houston Zoo, Houston Aeros hockey game, Pinot’s Palette (refreshments + painting + music), Discovery Green (park)

Sources: U.S. Census, Rent.com, Yelp.com