In 2008, one year prior to the Sperling's survey, Forbes released its own list of best cities for singles. In it, Kansas City ranked #36 out of 40 cities with the largest urban areas. Again, the population sampled focused on, "...young, ambitious singles who, in an age of techno-mobility, can live and work wherever they want. Our methodology focuses on career-minded, “never-marrieds” under the age of 35." Sorry older singles, divorcees, widows and widowers.
Coolness, cost of living alone, culture, job growth, online dating, nightlife and number of singles.
"Coolness" was determined by responses to this question, "Among the following U.S. Cities, which one do you think is the coolest?” So, Kansas City's coolness is a result of the subjective opinion of people in their 20s and early 30s.
"Nightlife," as with the Sperling's study, focused on a stereotypical 20-something social life: nightclubs, bars, and restaurants. Kansas City has music variety, concerts, cultural events, fundraisers, extended learning courses, alumni events, and more.
Forbes' criteria for "singles" meant anyone over the age of 15 and never married. Well, according to this criteria, a divorced, single father has a better chance at finding love than his 16 year old.