Straight, single women claim there’s no men, I wave around some data saying otherwise, and then we all have a fun time figuring out where the guys are hiding. My refutation of every single New York woman’s experience was such a Thing that Except, of course, I was completely (kind of) wrong.
Take a look at this map about what life is really like as a single person in NYC – it’s singles organized by age and zip code. Note #2: This data is from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, Table B12002. Men have a couple holdouts, with the blue chunk on the left and the one at the bottom.
According to the Census Bureau, “single” is everyone who isn’t currently married, and it completely ignores sexuality, so this is far from an exact science! My original map (and others like it) were collected at the area of a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), a grouping used by the Census Bureau to put cities and their immediate, tight-knit suburbs together. The one on the left is Hell’s Kitchen – commenter Steve wrote in to say “in the past few years it has become a hub of the gay community which is why it’s all young single guys.
This is pretty helpful in a city where you pass thousands of new faces daily!
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In fact, Ella Fitzgerald may have been onto something when she sang about turning ‘’Manhattan into an isle of joy.’’ In the song, Ella sings about all the romantic, touristy things she loves to do: from Central Park to Coney Island. And yet, hardly any true New Yorkers have tried them. Instead of standing in line for yet another ‘secret’ speakeasy, do something classic.
Rent boats at the Loeb Boathouse or make it a mission to eat at Katz’s Delicatessen. Put the What’s a first date without a touch of romance?
Extra single men was a clear trend everywhere, so there was no reason to look closer, right? As far as I can tell, New York City as a whole only has more single men than single women because of immigrant communities.
Fast forward to seven years later: earlier this month I was asked to give a pre-Valentines Day talk about my depressing singles map at Geo NYC, a super cool group of mapping folks. Apologies, single ladies of Manhattan, but East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet.
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