In 2009, Forbes created a list of the best U.S. cities for single people. It took 40 of the largest metropolitan areas and looked at a range of categories including "job growth" and "coolness." It then assigned a ranking of 1 to 40 for each category. The purpose of this process is to help singles find a place that best suits their lifestyle, which often includes reasonably affordable housing and vibrant night life activities. In 2009, New York graced the top of the list, but the other cities profiled below are looking to move up.

New York
Manhattan has always been the center of the singles universe. If it were more affordable, a few million more people would likely try to squeeze onto the small island. However if you are single and want to meet new people, be forewarned that the locals in New York City are not known for their friendliness. However, no city in the world has NYC's energy so the passion outweighs the problems.

New Orleans
When it comes to night life, the Crescent City rules. From its immense number of bar happy hours to live music, no place throws a party like the home of the 2010 Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints. Many college students get their first taste of the city through spring break trips. These wild jaunts drive some to move there after graduation. New Orleans is fun and affordable, and the delicious food alone draws many people.

Miami

Popular cities for singles are generally warm-weather spots that can be enjoyed year-round. Nowhere is this more true than in Miami. Everyone walks around with a tan and a cocktail, and they do so while dressed stylishly. In 2008, Forbes labeled Miami "America's Cleanest City." It was granted this title thanks to its good air quality, immense stretches of greenery and clean drinking water. For those singles looking to mingle, Miami's South Beach is an ideal place to call home.

Austin
The Tex-Mex and barbecue food in Austin is the best available this side of the border. The locals exhibit the type of Southern hospitality that some may have thought existed only in the movies. Austin is known for attracting good-looking, smart and athletic people. The legendary live music venues and night clubs splayed across 6th Street and the largest university in the U.S. (the University of Texas) help keep this town young and hip.

Chicago

The Windy City doesn't break the bank as much as Manhattan or West Coast spots such as San Francisco. When it comes to dining, there are options for everyone—fancy restaurants, ethnic eateries, and mom and pop hidden gems. Residents are rewarded for sticking out the cold winters with five beautiful months a year. However no matter the time of year, Chicago's vast bar scene gives every single plenty of night life in which to indulge.

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