Most of Manhattan Is Single

Census shows 50.3% live alone

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 30, 2009 1:38 PM CDT

(Newser) – Depending on your point of view, New York is either a very lonely city or a great place to get laid. The number of singles in the Big Apple, already at a historic high, keeps rising, according to new Census data. In Manhattan, a whopping 50.3% of people live alone. Studios and one-bedrooms "are far and way the most popular apartments we rent," a real estate broker tells the New York Post, which compares the borough to a "Sex and the City fantasyland."

Sociologists say the trend was inevitable, both because it’s hard to raise a family in Manhattan and because, as one City College professor explains, “singles attract more singles,” encouraging each other to put off marriage and childhood. Lonely guys, especially, might want to consider moving; single women outnumber single men 212,000 to 165,000.

Manhattan is swarming with singles.
Manhattan is swarming with singles.   (Shutterstock)
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