Most of Manhattan Is Single
Census shows 50.3% live alone
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Oct 30, 2009 1:38 PM CDT
Manhattan is swarming with singles.   (Shutterstock)

(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.

Next on Newser: Obama Lifts HIV+ Travel Ban
More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
You Might Like
Showing 3 of 24 comments
Nov 2, 2009 9:10 AM CST
Why does this article imply that there is something WRONG with living alone and being single? It's AWESOME! Ultimate freedom! Living in the city! Why is everyone trying to rush todays 20-somethings along into marraige and 2.5 kids and the suburbs?
Nov 2, 2009 9:09 AM CST
Have you ever actually BEEN there?
Nov 2, 2009 9:08 AM CST
Or maybe they think what you said was pretty sexist, and recycling sexist jokes doesn't make you the height of wit.