Whether you’re looking for love or loving single life, these are the best places to live in if you’re single.

Maybe you're happily single or maybe you're ready to mingle. In any case, we know that living alone can be exciting and freeing - but can also feel lonely at times.

So whether you’re ready to fall in love or still enjoying the single life, we’re here to help.

We performed an in-depth analysis of mortgage affordability, the percentage of single-person households in a particular location and the number of places suitable for a date to identify the best places to live if you’re single.

Where to move to find love

The best place for single home-hunters is Liverpool, according to our data. A one-bedroom home in the city will cost around £94,000 and the average monthly mortgage is around £341.

Almost one in five people aged 24-49 are single in Liverpool, so you have a good chance of finding that special someone when you’re ready. Going on a date is also easier here, with an average of three restaurants, pubs or clubs per 1,000 people.

Aberdeen comes in second in our list of single buyer hotspots. With an average asking price of £73,000 for a one-bedroom home and monthly earnings of around £2,597, it is one of the more affordable places to find love.

If you’re in Scotland or Wales, then the capital cities of Edinburgh and Cardiff are also a good bet for meeting that special someone, with the cities making it to numbers three and four in our list.

Top 10 cities for single first-time buyers

Rank

City

Avg asking price 1 bed 

% of 24-49 living in a one-person household

Restaurants, pubs, clubs, per 1,000 people

1

Liverpool

£94,000

18.3%

3.0

2

Aberdeen

£73,000

20.0%

2.6

3

Edinburgh

£145,000

20.0%

3.9

4

Cardiff

£100,000

13.5%

3.0

5

Newcastle upon Tyne

£108,000

12.1%

3.7

6

Hull

£80,000

15.7%

2.7

7

Sheffield

£75,000

11.8%

2.6

8

Swansea

£100,000

13.3%

2.4

9

Leeds

£120,000

13.6%

2.7

10

Norwich

£149,000

16.4%

3.5

Best places for romance in each region

Bristol might be a good place to start for those looking to find love in the South West while those in the North East might enjoy finding a place in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Sheffield ranks highest for singletons in Yorkshire and Norwich tops the list in the East of England.

Finally, those seeking romance in the South West should consider Portsmouth, those looking to date in the East Midlands might fancy settling in Nottingham and those in the West Midlands should turn their eyes and hearts towards Coventry.

Best cities for single first-time buyers by region

Region

Best location

Avg asking price 1 bed 

% of 24-49 living in one-person household

Restaurants, pubs, clubs, per 1,000 people

South West

Bristol

£190,000

13.4%

3.5

North East

Newcastle upon Tyne

£108,000

12.1%

3.7

Yorkshire and the Humber

Sheffield

£75,000

11.8%

2.6

Scotland

Aberdeen

£73,000

20.0%

2.6

Wales

Cardiff

£100,000

13.5%

3.0

East of England

Norwich

£149,000

16.4%

3.5

South East

Portsmouth

£130,000

11.3%

3.3

East Midlands

Nottingham

£100,000

15.0%

2.4

North West

Liverpool

£94,000

18.3%

3.0

London

Richmond upon Thames

£309,400

12.4%

5.1

West Midlands

Coventry

£105,000

11.4%

1.6

Londoners seeking love should spend some time in Richmond upon Thames or Islington. For more affordable options, Bromley provides a better mortgage-earnings ratio, while still home to a high percentage of single people.

Top five London Boroughs for single first-time buyers

Rank

City

Avg asking price 1 bed 

% of 24-49 living in one-person household

Restaurants, pubs, clubs, per 1,000 people

1

Richmond upon Thames

£364,000

12.4%

5.1

2

Islington

£450,000

17.6%

7.5

3

Bromley

£275,000

12.6%

2.7

4

Lambeth

£350,000

15.4%

4.6

5

Lewisham

£313,000

15.4%

3.3


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