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An oddity in the top 10 for single people is West Invercargill.

It has a median age more than double most of the others in the top 10 but a healthy two-thirds of the population that's single.

Its population (126) is relatively small, however, and its high median age (54.2) suggests a number of widows and widowers live in the area.

The information about where single people live has been published as the first part of Singletown, a week-long series on nz looking at single life in New Zealand.READ MORE: * Singletown NZ: Full coverage * Where single men outnumber single women - and vice versa * Where Auckland's eligibles converge * Is Hamilton in a man drought?There will be stories and information for everyone.Wherever you live, whether you're single or coupled, gay or straight, there will be something for you in the Singletown series.It's not all pub crawls and random hook ups in the south, however.

Outside of the southern student hotspots, the North Island dominates the list of areas with the highest proportions of single people.Otago University (86.2 per cent) and North Dunedin (83.7 per cent) have the first and second highest proportion of single people in the country.An area defined as Stuart Street-Frederick Street, which is dominated by Dunedin student flats, is ranked fourth.Besides Dunedin City, there are only three other South Island territories (Christchurch City, Invercargill City and Nelson City) in the top 30 territories for single people. Single life can be as much fun to talk and read about as it is to practice. Where single people converge (and where they don't) goes a long way to defining a community.In our Singletown series, we'll be mixing the fun and flippant with the serious and scientific.Central Otago (26.6 per cent), Southland (27.1 per cent) and Hurunui (27.5 per cent) have the lowest proportions of single people.