If you’re struggling on your search to find love, a change in address could be all you need to find ‘the one’.
Finder analysis of the most recent Census data has uncovered Adelaide’s top 10 suburbs to find a mate, with an estimated 417,000 singles currently prowling the city for love.
Adelaide CBD, Mile End, Bowden, Pennington, Cowandilla, and Birkenhead are equal opportunity hunting grounds, according to the data – while other areas proved to be skewed more towards one sex.
These included Ascot Park, Osborne, Findon and Seacombe Gardens for women and Blair Athol, Croydon, Athol Park and Dry Creek for men.
The data also revealed that Adelaide’s single market was dominated by 35 to 41 year olds who lived in areas with median property prices of around $450,000.
Money expert at Finder Bessie Hassan said Mile End, in Adelaide’s inner west, was a particular hotspot for both single men and women.
According to Census, the suburb has a median age of 39, while homes sold for a median of$361,500.
“Mile End was once seen as an industrial backwater, but its close-to-city location has attracted a whole new crowd,” she said.
“Then you’ve got the CBD, which is the night-life hub of Adelaide, and while it’s quite expensive to move there you can visit one of the new bars popping up around the city to increase your chances of meeting your future hubby or wife.
“Bowden is also getting quite hip and trendy, with a number of cool eateries. The Gov always has some great bands playing so if you’re looking for someone that shares your love of live music, it’s definitely a venue to check out.
“All up, there are plenty of other options you can explore before making the decision to move. But if you are considering relocating make sure you can afford your mortgage payments in the long run. You shouldn’t put yourself in financial hardship simply to find the ‘one’.”
For Amelia, 23, living and working in Adelaide CBD is all about convenience, including meeting like-minded singles.
“I love the convenience – my two jobs are in the city, so it means that I can walk to both. “Being close to a vast range of restaurants, bars and cafes also helps me to be more indulgent and spontaneous than my pay cheque allows.”
She said she was not surprised to see women dominating Adelaide’s dating scene.
“I guess I’ve never really thought about it. It doesn’t change the odds on meeting someone you like, though, really,” she said.
“Maybe the female population as a whole is just not really looking for anything serious right now.”
Property consultant and auctioneer Hamish Mill of Harcourts Brock Williams Real Estate said Adelaide’s single market was largely driven by divorcees.
“I’m really not surprised by these numbers or locations. REISA estimates that around 20 per cent of the houses that hit the market in Adelaide are the result of breakups,” he said.
“You then, of course, have a lot of people moving on to new areas, like fringe suburbs and the inner west where housing is more affordable as they are now on a single income.
“So it makes sense that these areas have a higher population of singles.”
Suburbs with the highest number of single men
Suburbs with the highest number of single women