D.C. Drops in Annual Ranking of Top Cities for Single Women

District goes from No. 2 to No. 5

By Arlene Borenstein
|  Friday, Jul 29, 2011  |  Updated 12:14 PM EDT
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D.C. Not Quite So Top for Single Ladies

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D.C. isn't as attractive for single women as it was last year, according to singlemindedwomen.com.

The website released their annual study of the Top 10 U.S. cities for single women. D.C. dropped from No. 2 last year to No. 5 this year. To come up with the rankings, the website measures factors including access to travel and social opportunities. The District's ranking dropped because of the cost of living, employment outlook and the ratio of men to women.

The website pointed out the good and the bad about living and dating in the District:

"While the unemployment rate in Washington, D.C. remains far below the national average, and indeed is the lowest of the cities on our list, lawmakers are currently wrangling over significant budget cuts that will ultimately impact jobs. The federal government is a major area employer so this is cause for consideration."

From a cultural standpoint, the nation’s capital has much to offer. The Smithsonian, the world’s largest museum complex, includes art and history museums and the National Zoo. The National Gallery of Art, other museums, memorials, and national landmarks will keep you busy and inspired.

D.C. did receive high marks for its many nature trails, proximity to airports and nearby beach destinations. New York City came in first on the list, followed by Chicago.

You can visit singlemindedwomen.com for the Top 10 cities and their breakdown.

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