Single-person households may never be the new married-with-children economic engines of yore, but they're a pretty powerful proxy for growth, spending, wherewithal, and great expectations, as demographic granular units go.

Here, MarketWatch taps the data mine of FindTheHome, which identified the best regions to live in for people who have never married and are childless.

That means each area has plenty of restaurants, movie theaters, bars and was quite walkable, based on its walk score. Each had to have a population of 25,000 people or more to be considered. No surprise that most are home to universities.

One would assume, however, that with all the love going around these singles hotbeds will remain only temporarily at the top, as they'll evolve in to hook-up havens.

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