Singles in NYC
by Andrea Moore and Kristina Pecorelli, Economic and Research Analysis
Good news, single ladies!
According to Census data, the number of single men ages 20 to 34 in NYC increased by nearly 5% from 2010 to 2012, compared to a 2% increase among single women of the same age. In other words, there are now 1.04 single men for every single woman in the city, up from 1.02 in 2010.
*This map is an update of our 2012 analysis of singledom in the city.
So, where are the best neighborhoods for singles?
Greatest Concentration of Single Men
Jackson Heights, Queens retained its title as home to the greatest concentration of single men in the city with an increase from 1.7 to 1.8 young single men per woman from 2010 to 2012. Though the ratios of single men to women in Bensonhurst and South Crown Heights/Prospect Lefferts Gardens are far more modest at 1.2 to 1, these two Brooklyn neighborhoods saw the greatest influxes of single men from 2010 to 2012, respectively rising 54% and 43%.
Greatest Concentration of Single Women
Single men should look to Brownsville, Brooklyn or the Upper East Side of Manhattan if they’re in search of a female mate. In those neighborhoods, single women outnumber single men by 49% and 38%, respectively.
Best for Singles Overall
Bensonhurst, Brooklyn is an attractive spot for all young singles, regardless of gender. The number of single women in the neighborhood increased by nearly half from 2010 to 2012—the greatest percentage increase in all of NYC. And as mentioned above, single men in Bensonhurst increased by 54% from 2010 to 2012.
Those looking for more even odds should also turn to Downtown Brooklyn or Bayside, Queens and Jamaica, Queens, where the ratios of single men to women are nearly equal at 1 to 1.
Single men and women don’t always move in tandem, however. In East Harlem, for example, there were 1.4 single men for every single woman in 2012, up from 0.9 in 2010. The number of East Harlem single men grew by more than 20% over the same time period, while the number of single women fell by roughly the same amount.
Note: our definition of “single” refers to 20- to 34-year-olds that have never been married. This also includes those who are seriously dating and/or living with a partner. Notably, unmarried partners comprise nearly 6% of all NYC households. Three Brooklyn neighborhoods—Park Slope/Carroll Gardens, Bushwick, and Downtown Brooklyn—have the greatest concentrations of cohabitating households, with unmarried partners making up just over 10% of all households in each neighborhood.
Partner data also provides insight into sexual orientation. In the Chelsea/Midtown neighborhood of Manhattan, for example, same-sex partners constitute 60% of all cohabitating partnerships
Here is a full PDF of the map; data is from the 2012 American Community Survey, 1-Year Sample.