NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — People often point out that single women outnumber single men in New York, but a new map put out by a real estate Web site paints a picture a little more complex.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Web site Trulia put out a map based on consumer data about love and housing to break down an estimated number of single women and men by ZIP code.
According to the map, women looking for Mr. Right might concentrate their search on Lower Manhattan, Midtown West, or western Brooklyn and Queens.
The ZIP codes comprising the Lower East Side, SoHo, TriBeCa, and the Financial District are all occupied by more single men than women, according to the map. Single men are also on top in the Theatre District and Hell’s Kitchen.
Single men also predominate in Williamsburg and Greenpoint in Brooklyn; Astoria, Maspeth, Woodside, Maspeth, Middle Village and Glendale in Queens; and most of the South Bronx.
As for single men looking for their special ladies, the map says they’ll be in luck in virtually all the rest of Manhattan. The highest concentrations of single women are in Gramercy Park, the Meatpacking District, and all along the Upper East and West sides, according to the map. But single women are the predominant demographic north all the way to Inwood – except for East Harlem, where single men have a slight edge.
High concentrations of single women can also be found in Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Prospect Heights and Canarsie in Brooklyn; Forest Hills in Queens; and Castle Hill in the Bronx, according to the map.
Overall, single women outnumber single men living alone the New York Metro area by a ratio of 1.07 to 1, Trulia said.
Trulia claimed that among unmarried adults, 62 percent prefer to date someone who lives alone, while only 14 percent prefer to date someone who lives with someone else.
“Perhaps living alone sends the right signal about independence and availability – or perhaps living alone just makes dating easier (does anyone really want to hear their mom ask, ‘Honey, can I make you and your friend some pancakes?’),” the Trulia article said.
The article did not address the common reality in New York City of single people living with roommates.
In tabulating the data, Trulia excluded people over the age of 65, on the grounds that differences in life expectancy skew the gender ratio in later years of life. Trulia also excluded estimates of the gay and lesbian population and directed gay and lesbian singles to a separate “Welcome to the Gayborhood” study – even though this study ranks neighborhoods according to same-sex couples rather than singles.
Trulia also developed similar maps breaking down singles by ZIP code in Los Angeles, Chicago, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Washington, D.C.
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