This post was updated August 23, 2011.
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Ladies, think a good man is hard to find? Not in these towns, which according to research conducted by Rent.com, represent the top ten cities for single men.
One of the premiere players in the rental housing industry, the company recently surveyed single men who lease their homes rather than own to try and uncover some common behavioral trends. Among the more interesting statistics:
- 39 percent of single men rent, while 47 percent pay a mortgage and 14 percent are couch surfing with parents, friends or other family members. And those couch surfers definitely skew young - a staggering 46 percent of single adult men under age 25 live rent-free. (Hello, Mom?)
- Conventional wisdom says housing costs should consume about 25 percent of your monthly budget. However, single men who don't live at home seem willing to pay much more for convenience and proximity to the office. Some 38 percent spend between 25 and 50 percent of their monthly income on rent, while 7 percent pay more than half.
- Beware the mama's boy stereotype: while 87 percent of bachelors claim to clean their own apartments, another 5 percent call mom when the mess gets out of hand.
So now that we have some idea of the patterns of single male renters, what are the cities that these bachelors are most likely to call home? Surprisingly, Juneau, Alaska, is not on the list.
- Houston, TX - Rent.com cites the urban locale's affordability and enticing first date options as the siren call for the unattached male. But it might make sense to actually buy a home. According to the latest report from the National Association of Realtors, the median price is just $161,500, with sales rising 17.3 percent from a year ago.