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Santa Barbara Rated Best City for Singles
updated: Jun 21, 2014, 3:00 PM

By the Dedicated Staff of edhat.com

Kiplinger recently conducted a survey on the 10 Best Cities for Singles where they named Santa Barbara as #1. They focused on "financially attractive and socially satisfying areas." As locals, we know why it's socially appealing to live here, but we're curious as to what is included in being financially attractive.

Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau and Council for Community and Economic Research, the researchers at Kiplinger focused on metropolitan areas with populations above 125,000 and a high percentage of singles. They factored in household incomes typically above the national median, eliminated areas with a high unemployment rates, favored places with a highly educated population, and also added in the cost of living.

Let's look at the stats that made Santa Barbara # 1.

  • Metro population: 343,712
    [This might be the first time we've heard Santa Barbara's entire county referred to as a metro area.]

  • Percentage of unmarried adults: 52.2%

  • Cost of living: 7.2% below U.S. average

  • Median annual household income: $62,723

  • Date-night tab: $32.83
    [We're curious where they ate for that price! An average date-night tab for a decent restaurant on State Street will usually be closer to double that figure.]

    They acknowledge the high living costs, but suggest our "overall metro area" like Santa Maria for more affordable options. The median home value in Santa Barbara city is $880,500 whereas Santa Maria is $267,200.

    Do you think Santa Barbara is the best city for singles?

    Below is the entire list of "Best Cities for Singles"

    10. Milwaukee
    9. San Francisco
    8. Trenton
    7. Boulder
    6. Baltimore
    5. Austin
    4. Columbus
    3. Iowa City
    2. Ann Arbor
    1. Santa Barbara

    Read the full article at kiplinger.com



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