Why Cities Should Care About Their Single Residents

Growth, happiness, and local pride can be achieved when local municipalities take initiative to be involved in their constituents’ life. According to the 2010 survey of the US Census Bureau 3 out of 5 adults in Seattle were not married and 43% of the city residents lived alone. Nerdwallet.com published in February 2015 that 58.85% of the Seattle adult population (ages 15 and up) is single. Below are reasons why the city should be involved in the life of its singles, suggestions for sponsored activities, and a list of benefits to the city from this initiative.

Growing rate of singles is a threat on society

Today more than half of the US adult population is single. Despite the widespread use of online communication and dating tools and a growing number of virtual relationships, people are lonelier than ever. Unlike traditional societies, in today’s Western world there is no clear path of life, no clear expected personal behavior, and no clear gender role. This is a generation that enjoys freedom, but this freedom has its cost – people need to figure out their life on their own. This reality today is especially confusing for singles, who need to guess and invent a mating process in a culture where nothing is clear or dictated. 

It’s time that public entities should step in to help their single citizens. This is a matter of necessity for every modern society that wants to maintain itself. Growing rate of singles in a society means dropping rate of birth and shrinking economy. The South Korean government has realized this and started taking initiative in the matter. Now it’s time we will do something similar here in the US, before it’s too late. 

The important role municipalities can have in the life of the local singles

In modern times public authorities replace many of the roles of the traditional family and community. Municipalities are the government authorities that are the closest to the citizens. They are the one that should get involved in helping the single population in their territory to bond with other singles. While the municipal system offers services to people with children (school system, tax benefits) and senior citizens (senior centers, senior benefits), there are no specific municipal services and benefits designed for singles.

Thriving cities depend upon population health, happiness, success, and growth. That is why it should be in each city’s best interest to pursue the well-being of its single residents and help them socialize with other singles in their geographical surrounding.

How can the municipal authority help its single residents?

Engage people in organized activities. The establishment of a local City Singles Community (CSC) office can help organize the activities of this community.

Mission Statement:
The city recognizes the need to provide services to the growing local singles community with hope to create a happy and healthy society that is more connected and involved.

Registration online with local Driver License or ID to verify local legal identity and family status. Fill in a profile questionnaire to find out age group preference, religious inclination, education, interests, sexual preference, etc. This data will help to define what activities the CSC should initiate.

Based on the collected data, the CSC will organize different events for singles. Events will be designed based on interests, such as sports, art, and music. This could also be a good opportunity to bring together people and local organizations and businesses and strengthen community ties. Special CSC sports event can involve local sports groups, music events can involved the local orchestra and different bands (depends on music preferences).  The local municipality can also use the CSC for different volunteering events such as a day of city planting, low-income property maintenance, and whatever other needs come up. Events can also cater to sub-cultures such as different age groups, different religions, singles with small children, and LGBT. Participation in the CSC events should require registration to facilitate a more balanced number of men and women at each gathering.

The CSC should be in touch with members to learn their event preferences, new interests, and receive constant performance feedback in order to improve its services, stay relevant, and make a difference in the community. It would be recommended to consult with different experts (such as Dr. Helen Fisher, Dr. HarvilleHendrix and Dr. Helen LeKelly Hunt, and Dr. John Gottman and Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman) to learn how to help the CSC achieve its matchmaking goals.

The benefits to the city from CSC activities

A.   Natural growth of population and business
B.    Improved happiness of residents
C.    Greater ties within the local community
D.   New source of volunteers
E.    Increased satisfaction and pride in local municipality services

If this initiative is successful in one city, other cities in the US might follow it. Hopefully later the CSC activities will spread around the world. It’s all about making a better world one city at a time.