Best cities for singles: Anywhere but mom's couch

Our friends at Forbes have put out their annual list of the "Best cities for singles." San Francisco was the top city last year, but Atlanta crowded it out because of lower cost of living and job growth.

While job growth and living above the poverty level are certainly nice when you are a young single-something, in reality you are mainly looking for other singles to make yourself less single (or something.)

The rest of the top five include a bizarre tie between Dallas and Minnesota (maybe depending on your political affiliation you prefer one to the other.) and our nation's capitol, Washington, D.C.

Many young people are actually finding the cheapest place to be single is their parents' spare bedroom or couch, since that is often a good way to save up so they can move to one of the more glamorous places to live, then be forced to live with three roommates.

Particularly with all the student loans and credit card debt you may be facing, whether your city is on one of these lists is probably the least of your concerns.

If you can't keep up with all these lists, or want to see more of the same, visit the real estate channel's Best Places to Live.

Brett Widness is an editor with AOL's real estate channel and a licensed agent in Virginia. Find homes for sale, foreclosures, home values, real estate finance and apartments at AOL Real Estate.

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