News Release

For Immediate Release - October 30, 2008 

Worldwide ERC News Release
Worldwide ERC® media contact:
Anita Brienza
+1 301 847 3772
Primacy Relocation Media Contact:
Ashley Burton
01 278 3773, x 216

Worldwide ERC® and Primacy Relocation Rank 2008 Best U.S. Cities for Relocating Singles™ 

WASHINGTON, DC – [October 30, 2008] - Relocation industry group Worldwide ERC® and Primacy Relocation today announced at Worldwide ERC’s Global Workforce Symposium that Boston/Quincy, Massachusetts; Nassau/Suffolk, New York; New Haven, Connecticut; New York/White Plains/Wayne, New York/New Jersey; and Edison, New Jersey are 2008’s Best Cities for Relocating Singles among U.S. metropolitan areas.  [complete list at end of document]

In this fifth and final annual survey, the two organizations once again partnered with Bert Sperling’s BestPlaces to identify the cities with the most to offer relocating singles.  Using statistical profiles of the largest 100 U.S. metro areas, the survey focused on the criteria most relevant to singles, with the rankings reflecting the ease of transition during a relocation.

Unlike other “best” surveys, the Worldwide ERC/Primacy Best Cities for Relocating Singles survey measures the issues impacting a newcomer’s experience in the weeks and months immediately following a transfer.  This year’s survey placed an increased emphasis on those economic factors most affecting singles, including an area’s unemployment rate, percentage of recent job growth and availability of affordable rental housing.  New data was also incorporated this year, measuring an area’s arts and recreation opportunities and the overall population growth

“Relocating to a city can be both exciting and overwhelming for an individual,” said Michelle Vallejo, SCRP, GMS, Primacy’s President, The Americas.  “This survey identifies those factors that help ease the transition for singles, while helping HR professionals better predict the success rates of their employee transfers.”

“It’s well known that the success of a relocation is strongly reliant on the transferee’s ability to assimilate into the new community and recreate his or her support, social, medical and lifestyle networks,” said Cris Collie, CAE, Chief Executive Officer of Worldwide ERC. “Our newest ‘Best Cities for Relocating Singles’ survey provides substantive information for companies whose ranks of renters, a group largely comprised of singles, have been on the rise.”


Statistics Used in Ranking the Best Cities for Relocating Singles:

Population Criteria:
Local single population aged 25-34
Male-female ratios
Diversity and density

Economic Criteria:
Cost of living index, rental rates and availability of rental property
Job growth vs. unemployment rates
Higher education costs, including in-state and out-of-state tuition requirements

Quality-of-Life Criteria:
Adventure index
Prevalence of restaurants, bars, health clubs, sporting events and concerts
Percentage of population utilizing online dating and subscribing to magazines geared towards singles
Annual rainfall, snowfall and high/low temperatures
Property and violent crime rates


Worldwide ERC® networks workforce mobility professionals and HR innovators, and is the recognized industry authority on relocation and international assignments in the U.S. and major global traffic areas. Worldwide ERC® is headquartered in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, with offices in Brussels, Belgium and Shanghai, China. Contact Worldwide ERC® at +1 703 842 3400, or visit

Sperling's BestPlaces puts facts about cities and living in the hands of the public, so they can make better decisions about best places to live, work, retire, play, or relocate. 

Primacy Relocation is one of the top third-party employee relocation providers in the world, and is the largest to focus all technology and resources solely on relocation and global assignment (expatriate) management. Primacy administers programs for employers throughout the Americas, EMEA and Asia regions. Core services include home sales, destination services, household goods move management, and overall program administration. In addition to its Memphis headquarters, Primacy has offices in Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Omaha, Sacramento and Washington, DC (Government Services), as well as Amsterdam, Basel, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Montréal, Munich, Paris, Shanghai, Singapore and Zurich. Primacy is online, in nine languages, at

Worldwide ERC® and Primacy Relocation’s 2008 Best Cities for Relocating Singles™

  1. Boston/Quincy, Massachusetts
  2. Nassau/Suffolk, New York
  3. New Haven, Connecticut
  4. New York/White Plains/Wayne, New York and New Jersey
  5. Edison, New Jersey
  6. Atlanta/Sandy Springs/Marietta, Georgia
  7. Raleigh/Cary, North Carolina
  8. San Francisco/San Mateo/Redwood City,  California
  9. Santa Ana/Anaheim/Irvine,   California
  10. Newark/Union, New Jersey and Pennsylvania
  11. Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida
  12. Los Angeles/Long Beach/Glendale, California
  13. Orlando/Kissimmee, Florida
  14. Virginia Beach/Norfolk/Newport News, Virginia
  15. Camden,  New Jersey
  16. Charleston/North Charleston, South Carolina
  17. Providence/New Bedford/Fall River, Rhode Island, Massachusetts
  18. Washington/Arlington/Alexandria, District of Columbua, Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia
  19. New Orleans/Metairie/Kenner, Louisianna
  20. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  21. Greenville,  South Carolina
  22. Jacksonville, Florida
  23. Houston/Sugar Land/Baytown, Texas
  24. Fort Lauderdale/Pompano Beach/Deerfield, Florida
  25. San Diego/Carlsbad/San Marcos, California
  26. Miami/Miami Beach/Kendall, Florida
  27. Baltimore/Towson, Maryland
  28. Charlotte/Gastonia/Concord, North and South Carolina
  29. San Jose/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara, California
  30. Baton Rouge, Louisianna
  31. Wilmington, Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey
  32. Oxnard/Ventura, California
  33. Austin/Round Rock, Texas
  34. Greensboro/High Point, North Carolina
  35. Little Rock/North Little Rock, Arkansas
  36. Seattle/Bellevue/Everett, Washington
  37. Dallas/Plano/Irving, Texas
  38. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  39. Riverside/San Bernardino/Ontario, California
  40. Oakland/Fremont/Hayward, California
  41. Nashville/Davidson/Murfreesboro, Tennessee
  42. Richmond, Virginia
  43. Portland/Vancouver/Beaverton,  Oregon and Washingon
  44. Knoxville, Tennessee
  45. Mobile, Alabama
  46. Fort Worth/Arlington, Texas
  47. Birmingham/Hoover, Alabama
  48. Sacramento/Arden-Arcade/Roseville, California
  49. Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton, Pennsylvania, New Jersey
  50. Columbia, South Carolina
  51. Honolulu, Hawaii
  52. West Palm Beach/Boca Raton/Boynton Beach, Florida
  53. Madison, Wisconsin
  54. Chicago/Naperville/Joliet, Illinois
  55. Sarasota/Bradenton/Venice, Florida
  56. Denver/Aurora, Colorado
  57. Boise, Idaho
  58. Tucson, Arizona
  59. Tacoma, Washington
  60. Harrisburg/Carlisle, Pennsylvania
  61. San Antonio, Texas
  62. Hartford/West Hartford/East Hartford, Connecticut
  63. Louisville/Jefferson County, Kentucky and Indiana
  64. Salt Lake City, Utah
  65. Wichita, Kansas
  66. Omaha/Council Bluffs, Nebraska and Iowa
  67. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  68. Tulsa, Oklahoma
  69. Springfield, Massachusetts
  70. Memphis, Tennessee, Missippissi, Arkansas
  71. Phoenix/Mesa/Scottsdale, Arizona
  72. Indianapolis/Carmel, Indiana
  73. Minneapolis/St. Paul/Bloomington, Minnesota and Wisconsin
  74. Cincinnati/Middletown, Ohios, Kentucy, and Indiana 
  75. Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas
  76. St. Louis, Missouri and Illinois
  77. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  78. Albuquerque, New Mexico
  79. El Paso, Texas
  80. Columbus, Ohio
  81. McAllen/Edinburg/Mission, Texas
  82. Dayton, Ohio
  83. Milwaukee/Waukesha/West Allis, Wisconsin
  84. Las Vegas/Paradise, Nevada
  85. Albany/Schenectady/Troy, New York
  86. Gary, Indiana
  87. Buffalo/Niagara Falls, New York
  88. Bakersfield, California
  89. Ann Arbor, Michigan
  90. Fresno, California
  91. Syracuse, New York
  92. Akron, Ohio
  93. Detroit/Livonia/Dearborn, Michigan
  94. Toledo, Ohio
  95. Stockton, California
  96. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
  97. Cleveland/Elyria/Mentor, Ohio
  98. Youngstown/Warren/Boardman, Ohio and Pennsylvania
  99. Rochester, New York
  100. Grand Rapids/Wyoming, Michigan