Revealed: The Best (and Worst) US Cities for Singles Wanting a Baby

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We’ve long suspected that Sin City might not be the best place to raise your kids, but a new poll by EliteSingles now confirms that lonely hearts in Las Vegas are the country’s least likely to want to start a family.

Almost twice as many Vegas singles said ‘no’ to kids than in New York, the most child-friendly city in the poll. Around 1 in 5 in Vegas revealed they had no desire for children, whilst only 1 in 10 gave a firm ‘no thanks’ in the Big Apple.

US cities with most child-friendly singles:

  1. New York
  2. Los Angeles
  3. San Francisco
  4. Boston
  5. Washington DC

US cities with least child-friendly singles:

  1. Las Vegas
  2. Charlotte
  3. Louisville
  4. Phoenix
  5. Memphis

The large-scale data analysis evaluated anonymous data from the responses of over 42000 members of EliteSingles based in America’s 30 biggest cities. It will surprise some to find the most populous cities in the US feature right at the top of the list – New York was home to the broodiest singles, LA the second-most. It comes as little surprise to the EliteSingles Research Team however; a similar study in France found that Paris was the most child-friendly city for singles to live. In Sweden, capital city Stockholm was second on the list.

One possible explanation for this trend is that the bigger cities are home to a slightly younger demographic. Still of an age where having kids is a possibility, and not yet a reality, singles here are more likely to be open-minded for the future. The older you get – as having kids becomes trickier, or when you’re more likely to have already had kids – singles are more inclined to be turned off by the prospect.

The study found that – at either end of the spectrum – women tended to be more certain if they wanted kids or not. In Las Vegas, for example, 21.6% said they didn’t want kids compared to just 13.7% of men. In New York women were driving up the averages too – 56.5% actively wanted kids compared to just 47.6% of men.

Looking for a man who wants a baby? Check out the singles scene in Nashville, but be sure to avoid Memphis. Weirdly, men in the Tennessee’s two biggest cities had totally opposite views of future fatherhood; 51.9% of Nashville guys want a baby – the highest rate for men nationally – whereas 17.7% of Memphis men actively didn’t want a child, also the highest rate in the US.

Not sure if you want children or not? Consider a move to Oklahoma City. Almost half (47.1%) of the city’s singles hadn’t yet made up their mind whether they wanted kids or not – easily the highest rate for any of the cities polled.

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1 Souce: Anonymous user data from a 42,381 person sample of American singles aged 18-45 registered with between 2015 and 2016.

2 Souce: Anonymous user data from a 15,316 person sample of New York based singles aged 18-45 registered with between 2015 and 2016.

About the author: Michael Middleton

Michael Middleton is an editor for EliteSingles.

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