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Asheville ranks #10 in U.S. for satisfied single people, poll says
Monday, 06 March 2017 12:25

From Staff Reports

For singles who enjoy being single, Asheville ranked No. 10 among cities in the United States, according to a survey conducted by and released in early February.

The survey found that most of the adults in Asheville are single, with a citywide marriage rate of 42 percent.

“Singles looking for new places to hang out will have a number of spots to choose from,” noted. “There are more than 80 entertainment establishments for every 100,000 residents and tons of bars.”

The survey also considered the “relatively low” unemployment rate, which was reported at 3.8 percent for Asheville.

 “Since the city’s job market is strong, singles who want to focus on their careers should have access to plenty of job opportunities,” the news release noted.

The survey is SmartAsset’s second annual of the best places for singles who like being single. The website provides data on the wisdom of renting vs. owning a home, and related matters. 

The top 10 cities in the 2017 survey are:

1. Eau Claire, Wisconsin

2. Duluth, Minnesota

3. Fargo, North Dakota

4. Missoula, Montana

5. (tie) Lawrence, Kansas

5. (tie) Green Bay, Wisconsin

7. Madison, Wisconsin

8. Oshkock, Wisconsin

9. Portland, Maine

10. Asheville, North Carolina

The survey was conducted as follows:

“To find the best cities for singles who like being single, SmartAsset pulled data from the U.S. Census Bureau. We ranked the 559 largest U.S. cities across five different metrics, including the marriage rate, the median monthly rent and the jobless rate in each city. We looked at the number of local bars and entertainment establishments per 100,000 residents as well. These were the same metrics that we considered in the 2016 edition of our study.”



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