Listen up, single ladies. Cincinnati is the best city in the U.S. for single women to buy a home, according to data from Owners.com. The website ranked the 20 best metro areas for unmarried women to settle down based on home values, average female income, percent of single female homeowners, crime rates, walkability, and the cost of a dinner for two.
Low unemployment and rising incomes are encouraging single women across the country to make the jump from renting to owning. Unmarried women buy 17% of all homes in the U.S., according to data from the National Association of Realtors. Unmarried men bought just 7%.
“There is a noticeable shift toward more single women entering the real estate market,” Phil Karp, senior manager of brokerage services at Owners.com, said in a news release. At the same time, “housing inventory remains low and costs are high throughout the country,” he noted, which can make buying a struggle. But some cities are much more affordable than others. The top 10 markets in the Owners.com ranking were 70% more affordable than the next 10 cities.
These are the 15 best cities for single women looking to buy a home, according to Owners.com.
- Average home value: $336,100
- Percentage of homeowners who are single women: 14.6%
The biggest city in Washington is also one of the best places in the U.S. for single women to buy a home. The median income for women in Seattle and surrounding metro area is $48,889, well above the national average of $39,586. A dinner for two costs an average of $88. The violent crime rate is 597.6 per 100,000. Seattle is also the third-best city in the country if you’re looking to meet a “marriage material guy” — a man in his 30s with a college degree and a job — according to real estate website Trulia.