Fayetteville is Nation's Best City for Singles

The largest city in Northwest Arkansas gained national attention this week when it was identified as the No. 1 city in the U.S. for single people.

Money magazine put Fayetteville right at the top of its Best Places for Singles Right Now ranking published on Valentine's Day.

The magazine's researchers combed through its database of 2,400 Best Places to select those that are attractive for singles. It limited the cities to those with populations between 10,000 and 100,000 residents.

Many aspects of Fayetteville were noted in the magazine's article, including the Fayetteville Farmers' Market, Walton Arts Center, Dickson Street, the city's lakes and its 50 miles of bike trails. Dickson Street bars and music venues drew attention as well. Kingfish, Brewski's, George's Majestic Lounge and Willy D's Piano Bar were mentioned.

Fayetteville topped an impressive group. The other nine cities in the Top 10 were Somerville, Mass.; Clifton, N.J.; Santa Monica, Calif.; Lawrence, Kan.; Carmel, Ind.; Bismarck, N.D.; Ames, Iowa; Appleton, Wisc.; and Bozeman, Mont.

Pictured at the top: Joel Siemens and Jocelyn Coffman enjoy Thursday afternoon's warm weather on the deck at Kingfish, a popular bar that's just south of Dickson Street.