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Birmingham Named UK’s Most Likely Place to Find Love

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With a population of 444,827 people over 40 and with an estimated 153,994 of those being single, Birmingham is one of the most likely areas in the UK to find love..

Women: 52.25%
Singles (40+): 80,462

Men: 47.75%
Singles (40+): 73,532

The Top 25 Most Likely Places to Find Love Over 40

With an estimated 1.6m over 40s leaving the UK’s capital, we reveal the top 25 most likely places to find love outside of London.

1 Birmingham

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Birmingham Named UK’s Most Likely Place to Find Love

Birmingham is the largest and most populous city outside London, and has now been crowned the most likely place to find love in the UK. With the most single 40+ males and females residing in the city than anywhere else in the UK, Birmingham is the best place for mature dating, with more couples forming than any other area.

With a population of 444,827 people over 40 and with an estimated 153,994 of those being single, Birmingham is one of the most likely areas in the UK to find love..

Women: 52.25%
Singles (40+): 80,462

Men: 47.75%
Singles (40+): 73,532

2 Cheshire

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Cheshire Named UK’s Second Most Likely Area to Find Love

Cheshire, known for it's rural villages and Industrial Revolution heritage, has now been crowned the second most likely area to find love in the UK. With a high number of single males and females over 40 living in the area, Cheshire is the second best area to meet senior singles in the UK.

With a population of 395,779 people over 40 and with an estimated 136,797 of those being single, Cheshire is one of the most likely areas in the UK to find love..

Women: 52.31%
Singles (40+): 71,559

Men: 47.69%
Singles (40+): 65,238

3 Leeds

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Leeds Named UK’s Third Most Likely Place to Find Love

Leeds, the cultural, financial and commercial heart of the West Yorkshire Urban Area has now been crowned the third most likely place to find love in the UK for the over 40s. With its vast pool of single males and females over 40 living and working in the city, Leeds is one of the best places for senior dating.

With a population of 342,485 people over 40 and with an estimated 118,155 of those being single, Leeds is one of the most likely areas in the UK to find love..

Women: 52.34%
Singles (40+): 61,842

Men: 47.66%
Singles (40+): 56,313

4 Lanarkshire

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Lanarkshire Named Scotland's Most Likely Area to Find Love

Lanarkshire, rich in its beautiful scenery and boasting something for everyone, has now been crowned the most likely place to find love in Scotland. With the most singles over 40 residing here than anywhere else in Scotland, Lanarkshire is the best area for over 40s to date, with more mature couplings than any other area.

With a population of 344,888 people over 40 and with an estimated 117,032 of those being single, Lanarkshire is one of the most likely areas in the UK to find love..

Women: 53.29%
Singles (40+): 62,366

Men: 46.71%
Singles (40+): 54,666

5 Cornwall

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Cornwall Named in UK’s Top 10 Most Likely Places to Find Love

For most it’s a passionate affair that lasts a lifetime. Almost completely surrounded by the sea, Cornwall is located in the far west of Great Britain on a peninsula tumbling into the vast Atlantic ocean. Now the area has been ranked fourth in the top 10 most likely place for singles over 40 to find love in the UK, It’s hard not to fall in love with and in Cornwall.

With a population of 315,989 people over 40 and with an estimated 109,290 of those being single, Cornwall is one of the most likely areas in the UK to find love..

Women: 52.93%
Singles (40+): 57,847

Men: 47.07%
Singles (40+): 51,443

6 County Durham

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County Durham Named in UK’s Top 10 Most Likely Places to Find Love

The amazing county of Durham is known for its breathtaking scenery and warm welcome, and now it's been discovered as one of the most likely place to find love in the UK. With the vast number of single 40+ males and females residing here than anywhere else in the UK, County Durham is one of the best places for mature dating.

With a population of 278,612 people over 40 and with an estimated 95,249 of those being single, County Durham is one of the most likely areas in the UK to find love..

Women: 52.12%
Singles (40+): 49,644

Men: 47.88%
Singles (40+): 45,605

7 Glasgow

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Glasgow Named Scotland’s Second Most Likely Place to Find Love

Glasgow, one of the most vibrant and dynamic cities in Europe, voted the world's friendliest city, can now boast that it's been named the second best place to meet senior singles in Scotland. The high ratio of female singles over 40 living in Glasgow makes the city one of the most successful places to date for men.

With a population of 269,050 people over 40 and with an estimated 92,163 of those being single, Glasgow is one of the most likely areas in the UK to find love..

Women: 53.68%
Singles (40+): 49,473

Men: 46.32%
Singles (40+): 42,690

8 Wiltshire

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Wiltshire Named in UK’s Top 10 Most Likely Areas to Find Love

Wiltshire is an "enchanting place". Renowned for the iconic white horses carved into the rolling downs, almost half of Wiltshire is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Now Wiltshire has been named as one of the UK's top 10 most likely areas to find love over 40, there's something else to boast about.

With a population of 263,843 people over 40 and with an estimated 91,264 of those being single, Wiltshire is one of the most likely areas in the UK to find love..

Women: 52.21%
Singles (40+): 47,649

Men: 47.79%
Singles (40+): 43,615

9 Sheffield

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Sheffield Named in UK’s Top 10 Most Likely Places to Find Love

With more than 250 parks and gardens in the city, there are more trees than people in Sheffield of any city in Europe! Now Sheffield can boast that it's been named in the UK's top 10 most likely areas to find love over 40. With a vast number of 40+ singles in the city, finding love in Sheffield is easy.

With a population of 255,838 people over 40 and with an estimated 88,727 of those being single, Sheffield is one of the most likely areas in the UK to find love..

Women: 52.06%
Singles (40+): 46,191

Men: 47.94%
Singles (40+): 42,536

10 Bradford

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Bradford Named in UK’s Top 10 Most Likely Places to Find Love

Bradford's fresh air and natural beauty will invigorate you, whilst the heritage and culture will fascinate you, and now we've named the area as one of the UK's top 10 places to find love over 40, finding mature dating success is easier in Bradford.

With a population of 232,748 people over 40 and with an estimated 80,040 of those being single, Bradford is one of the most likely areas in the UK to find love..

Women: 52.16%
Singles (40+): 41,749

Men: 47.84%
Singles (40+): 38,291

11 Edinburgh

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Edinburgh Named Scotland’s Third Most Likely Place to Find Love

Hilly Edinburgh, Scotland's capital, has a medieval old town and an elegant Georgian new town, with gardens and neoclassical buildings. Now named the third most likely area to find love, and with a high number of single males and females over 40 living in the city, Edinburgh is the third best area to meet senior singles in Scotland.

With a population of 223,072 people over 40 and with an estimated 77,088 of those being single, Edinburgh is one of the most likely areas in the UK to find love..

Women: 52.4%
Singles (40+): 40,394

Men: 47.6%
Singles (40+): 36,694

12 Kirklees

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Kirklees Named in UK’s Top 25 Most Likely Areas to Find Love

In a powerful landscape dotted with impressive mills, canals and cottages, Kirklees' boasts a rich heritage. Now named as one of the UK's top 25 places to find love over 40, dating success is within your reach in Kirklees.

With a population of 210,392 people over 40 and with an estimated 71,994 of those being single, Kirklees is one of the most likely areas in the UK to find love..

Women: 51.58%
Singles (40+): 37,135

Men: 48.42%
Singles (40+): 34,859

13 Liverpool

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Liverpool Named in UK’s Top 10 Most Likely Places to Find Love

With its unique attractions, exciting events, world class sport offerings and famously warm welcome, it's no wonder Liverpool is the ideal destination to migrate from London to after the age of 40. Named as one of the UK's most likely places to find love after 40, Liverpool singles are finding love is now within their reach in this vibrant city.

With a population of 209,573 people over 40 and with an estimated 71,774 of those being single, Liverpool is one of the most likely areas in the UK to find love..

Women: 52.47%
Singles (40+): 37,660

Men: 47.53%
Singles (40+): 34,114

14 East Yorkshire

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East Yorkshire Named in UK’s Top 10 Most Likely Areas to Find Love

Moving to East Yorkshire is the start of a great journey, not only for the fantastic countryside, the culture and the warm welcome, but for the over 40s dating scene, too! Named as one of the UK's top 25 areas most likely areas to find love, it's easy to see why singles over 40 enjoy livingand dating in East Yorkshire.

With a population of 201,376 people over 40 and with an estimated 69,378 of those being single, East Yorkshire is one of the most likely areas in the UK to find love..

Women: 52.26%
Singles (40+): 36,257

Men: 47.74%
Singles (40+): 33,121

15 Fife

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Fife Named in Scotland’s Top 5 Most Likely Places to Find Love

Fife - the land of so much to do and not always enough time to do it in. Its rustic villages and charming towns conspire to give the region a certain ooh la la. Named as one of the top 5 places most likely areas to find love over 40 in Scotland; maybe it's the allure of the high number of 40+ singles migrating here for a quieter life, and looking to settle down that attracts over 40s in their hoards?

With a population of 198,575 people over 40 and with an estimated 67,856 of those being single, Fife is one of the most likely areas in the UK to find love..

Women: 52.71%
Singles (40+): 35,767

Men: 47.29%
Singles (40+): 32,089

16 Northumberland

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Northumberland Named in UK’s Top 25 Most Likely Areas to Find Love

With historical sites to take you back through time, vast landscapes to explore, and wildlife to make you go ‘aw’, Northumberland's allure is plain to see. Named as one of the UK's top 25 areas most likely areas to find love, it's easy to see why singles over 40 enjoy gazing upwards to see millions of stars pinpricking Northumberland’s famed dark skies.

With a population of 184,992 people over 40 and with an estimated 63,455 of those being single, Northumberland is one of the most likely areas in the UK to find love..

Women: 52.59%
Singles (40+): 33,371

Men: 47.41%
Singles (40+): 30,084

17 Shropshire

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Shropshire Named in UK’s Top 25 Most Likely Areas to Find Love

Unspoilt, unrushed and tranquil, Shropshire maybe one of England's quiet counties but don't be deceived; it's also been named as one of the UK's top 25 places for singles over 40 to find love. Is it the allure of the traditional market towns, the medieval delight of the black and white buildings, or Shropshire's landscape that makes over 40s want to migrate here? Or is it the vast pools of single men and women residing in this beautiful county?

With a population of 179,138 people over 40 and with an estimated 61,994 of those being single, Shropshire is one of the most likely areas in the UK to find love..

Women: 51.98%
Singles (40+): 32,224

Men: 48.02%
Singles (40+): 29,770

18 Bristol

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Bristol Named in UK’s Top 25 Most Likely Places to Find Love

Apparently, if ever there was a city with a story to tell, it’s Bristol! Enveloped in the hills of South West England, it has its own unmistakable identity, grounded in roots from centuries past and carved out since by passionate locals and spirited fans. Named one of the UK's top 25 places to find love over 40, Bristol is now also famed for its 40+ dating scene.

With a population of 178,086 people over 40 and with an estimated 61,819 of those being single, Bristol is one of the most likely areas in the UK to find love..

Women: 51.55%
Singles (40+): 31,868

Men: 48.45%
Singles (40+): 29,951

19 Wirral

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Wirral Named in UK’s Top 25 Most Likely Areas to Find Love

The over 40s are discovering coast and countryside, beautiful rural walks and beaches, as well as quality food, drink and entertainment. It's no wonder the over 40s are flocking to Wirral for a slightly slower pace of life after London, and to settle down with someone special. Named one of the UK's top 25 areas to find love over 40, Wirral is even more attractive of a place to migrate to.

With a population of 175,067 people over 40 and with an estimated 60,653 of those being single, Wirral is one of the most likely areas in the UK to find love..

Women: 53.34%
Singles (40+): 32,352

Men: 46.66%
Singles (40+): 28,301

20 Manchester

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Manchester Named in UK’s Top 25 Most Likely Places to Find Love

Manchester has it all; friendly and warm residents, culture, industry and history. It's no wonder over 40s are taking the move up north to settle here post London. Named one of the UK's 25 most likely places to find love over 40, Manchester is one of the best places in the UK for 40+ dates.

With a population of 176,043 people over 40 and with an estimated 60,200 of those being single, Manchester is one of the most likely areas in the UK to find love..

Women: 51.14%
Singles (40+): 30,786

Men: 48.86%
Singles (40+): 29,414

21 Wakefield

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Wakefield Named in UK’s Top 25 Most Likely Places to Find Love

Wakefield has been named one of the UK's most likely places to find love after 40, and it's no wonder. With the warm welcome, the culture, the history and the abundance of top quality local produce, The city of Wakefield is home to a large number of 40+ singles hoping to find love in the North of England.

With a population of 174,649 people over 40 and with an estimated 59,726 of those being single, Wakefield is one of the most likely areas in the UK to find love..

Women: 51.66%
Singles (40+): 30,854

Men: 48.34%
Singles (40+): 28,872

22 Dudley

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Dudley Named in UK’s Top 25 Most Likely Places to Find Love

With Dudley, we are to "expect the unexpected", and with the industrial heritage, the history and creativity in the area, it's easy to understand why. Named one of the UK's top 25 places to find love over 40, Dudley has also become a dating destination for ex-Londoners escaping big city life.

With a population of 166,119 people over 40 and with an estimated 57,414 of those being single, Dudley is one of the most likely areas in the UK to find love..

Women: 51.87%
Singles (40+): 29,781

Men: 48.13%
Singles (40+): 27,633

23 Croydon

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Croydon Named in UK’s Top 25 Most Likely Places to Find Love

Residents love Croydon for the great shopping, parks, people and its close proximity to London. Its award-winning green spaces and culture make Croydon the perfect migrating place for over 40s looking to find love. Named one of the UK's top 25 most likely places to find love over 40, it's no wonder Croydon's large 40+ population is growing.

With a population of 167,434 people over 40 and with an estimated 57,296 of those being single, Croydon is one of the most likely areas in the UK to find love..

Women: 52.77%
Singles (40+): 30,235

Men: 47.23%
Singles (40+): 27,061

24 Wigan

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Wigan Named in UK’s Top 25 Most Likely Places to Find Love

Wigan is not just known for the coal production. The rapid rise in population is due to the rich culture, the gastronomic attractions, and the wam welcome. It's also been named one of the UK's top 25 most likely places to find love over 40, and it's little wonder why. With one of the UK's largest single 40+ population groups of anywhere else, finding love in Wigan is easy peasy.

With a population of 167,749 people over 40 and with an estimated 56,908 of those being single, Wigan is one of the most likely areas in the UK to find love..

Women: 51.2%
Singles (40+): 29,137

Men: 48.8%
Singles (40+): 27,771

25 Bromley

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Bromley Named in UK’s Top 25 Most Likely Places to Find Love

It may be best known for its excellent shopping, but Bromley, enjoys acres of lovely gardens, parks and lakes. A town that caters for all tastes and ages, it's now been named one of the UK's top 25 most likely places to find love over 40. With its close proximity and excellent transport links to London, it's little wonder why the over 40s are migrating here by the thousand.

With a population of 163,215 people over 40 and with an estimated 56,847 of those being single, Bromley is one of the most likely areas in the UK to find love..

Women: 53.32%
Singles (40+): 30,311

Men: 46.68%
Singles (40+): 26,536

Are lonely Londoners leaving to find love?


London's single status explained

London’s single status drops rapidly between the ages of 20 and 35, where this large proportion of people enter relationships, settle down and get married.

Between the ages of 40 and 70, however, the single statuses of those who choose to stay in London remain relatively steady, suggesting that London residents over 40 are either happy to remain single, or accept that they’ve not yet found the relationship they desire.

Why are the over 40s moving out of London

All work and no play...

It's clear that years of partying, working and dating in London start to chip away and people start feeling like they want to change things up. But, why exactly do people want to move out of London?


Enough is enough!

For the vast majority of singles in London, meeting someone special, leaving the office before 8pm or affording their own house might be one or some of the reasons they want to leave London. But, whatever the reason, it’s clear from the numbers, at 40, enough is enough.


A better quality of life?

The 40+ population are not necessarily seeking a slower pace of life, but it’s clear that they are looking for a better quality of life.


Where are 40+ Londoners moving to?

28% head South West

The South West accounts for 28% of London’s leaving mature population heading down for a better quality of life.


17% head South East

The second most popular region Londoners over 40 are migrating to is the South East, with an estimated 270,320 people, 17% of 1.6m 40+ population leaving London.


16% head to Scotland

An estimated 256,628 people make the move from London to Scotland, making it the third most popular place for the 40+ population to move to (16% of London’s 40+ leavers).


The Top 25 areas in the UK with the largest populations of singles over 40

Birmingham is UK’s Most Likely Place to Find Love!

To stand the very best chance of finding love, singles over 40 could move to Birmingham, the largest and most populous city outside London, with nearly 140k singles over 40 residing in the city - by far the most of any other city in the UK.

Are men luckier in love?

In general, hetrosexual single men over 40 in the UK have a better chance of finding love than women, with a higher ratio of women to men in every one of the 25 top UK places.

Tip for silver foxes!

Single women over 40 outnumber the men by 20k in Glasgow. For females, the best chance of finding love in the UK would be to date in Manchester, where, although there are less males to females, there is the most favourable ratio of 40+ single men than any other of the 25 named areas.

The top 10 UK Counties with higher concentration of 40+ singles than national average (34.6%)

Prize goes to UK’s South Coast!

Although the Midlands and Northern towns are dominating the Top 25 list for the largest populations, it’s the south coast that has the most “single” populations of over 40s with these 10 counties having a higher single population than the national average.

Rank County Population (40+) Single (40+)
#1 Dorset 258,039 90,993
#2 East Sussex 316,192 111,426
#3 West Sussex 462,754 162,621
#4 Devon 443,975 155,254
#5 Norfolk 491,181 171,483
#6 Somerset 310,808 108,336
#7 Suffolk 407,232 141,808
#8 Surrey 606,695 211,232
#9 Hertfordshire 572,087 198,333
#10 Hampshire 735,583 255,001

The 5 least likely places to find love in the UK

Are these the unluckiest places to find love?
Those looking for the best chance of dating success best avoid these 5 least likely places to find love over 40. With the smallest amount of single people over 40 residing in these areas than anywhere else in the UK, it could be argued that they’re the unluckiest places to find in love.


#1 Clackmannanshire


#2 Corby


#3 Rossendale


#4 Shetland Islands


#5 Tamworth


The information in this review has been gathered from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) and then expanded on by Older Dating. If you wish to reference this report please make sure www.older-dating.co.uk is credited.


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