Single Ladies: Here's Where You Should Buy a Home

Single Ladies: Here's Where You Should Buy a Home

Single and ready to mingle buy a home? It may be time to move to the Midwest, where houses are affordable, women's incomes are high and the price of dinner for two is, uh, agreeable? That's according to a new analysis from real estate site Owners.com, which ranked Cincinnati as the top homebuying market for single women. Of the cities included, it has the most affordable average home value at $158,100.

If Cincy sounds familiar as a contender for your next move, you may have heard it's also a top city for jobs based on pay, open positions and career satisfaction.

The homebuying analysis ranked the top 50 metros in the country based on weighted factors including: the percentage of single women homeowners, housing affordability, median female income (based on an average salary of $39,586 for women), violent crime rate, average cost of dinner for two, and the averages of both walkability and transit scores.

Other Midwestern cities fared well, including Kansas City, Milwaukee and Minneapolis, all of which secured spots in the top 10. But don't count out popular urban metropolises like Dallas or Atlanta, both of which have an average home value below $190,000.

The area with the highest share of single women homeowners is Albany, New York, at 18.1%, and the market with the highest average home value is Hartford, Connecticut. The New England city also fell at the higher end of median female income at $50,795.

Top Housing Markets for Single Women

1. Cincinnati
Percentage of single women homeowners: 15.2%
Average home value: $158,100
Median female income: $40,392

2. Kansas City, Missouri-Kansas
Percentage of single women homeowners: 16.5%
Average home value: $162,000
Median female income: $40,098

3. Dallas
Percentage of single women homeowners: 13.7%
Average home value: $169,000
Median female income: $40,484

4. Albany, New York
Percentage of single women homeowners: 18.1%
Average home value: $189,100
Median female income: $42,921

5. Atlanta
Percentage of single women homeowners: 15%
Average home value: $181,700
Median female income: $40,472

6. Milwaukee
Percentage of single women homeowners: 16.9%
Average home value: $190,000
Median female income: $40,910

7. Hartford, Connecticut
Percentage of single women homeowners: 16.2%
Average home value: $245,900
Median female income: $50,795

8. Minneapolis
Percentage of single women homeowners: 15.1%
Average home value: $226,300
Median female income: $45,970

9. Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
Percentage of single women homeowners: 16%
Average home value: $204,100
Median female income: $41,311

10. Chicago
Percentage of single women homeowners: 15.9%
Average home value: $218,900
Median female income: $43,217

As for that out-of-left-field "cost of dinner for two" factor, the site included data on "the average cost for two people to share an Italian meal with appetizers, wine and dessert" in each city. (Sorry, gluten-free folks.) Sacramento, California — which ranked No. 17 overall — had the cheapest Italian dinner date at $58; New York City, No. 18 on the list, will run you $123 for the same meal.

If you're not looking to have your own "Lady and the Tramp" moment, the survey unfortunately doesn't include data on the average cost of dinner for one — which would have come in handy for when you're rewarding yourself after move-in day.

And with single women making up 17% of first-time homebuyers in 2016, according to separate National Association of Realtors data — more than double the 7% of single men homebuyers — we might see this trend continue.

To channel the wise words of 2000s-era Destiny's Child: "All the women who're independent / Throw your hands up at me."

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