People say it’s easy to hook up in New York but not to settle down, partner or marry. Is that so?
The facts are that in new York at the last census 34.8% pf women over the age of 15 have never married.
However 46.7% of men in NYC have never married either and as you can see that figure is 12% higher than the number of never married women.
And in the age range 20-34, the years during which many people expect to marry in NYC there are 742,400 men and 729,500 women. Again the men outnumber the women.
So what gives. It is true that in Manhattan many neighborhoods have more single women than men. The neighborhoods of the Upper West Side, Upper East side and Harlem/Washington Heights have more women than men.
But the Lower East Side and the Financial Disctrict have more single men than women.
In Manhattan it is worth while also pointing out that there is no equivalence between being single and living alone. Rents are so steep that many New Yorkers are as a matter of economic necessity sharing their accommodation and it’s quite reasonable to assume that people’s need for companionship is met in this way, even if people might prefer marriage.
Apparently studies have shown that the best places to meet with singles are busy, central districts with lots of stores, coffee shops and nightlife venues. So if you want dates and hope for a partner those are the places to hang out.
But these figures on the the number of singles in New York have been stable for some time, so rather than thinking that there are a bunch of single men and women out there pining and missing out, it’s more realisitic to say that in New York there’s a relatively stable number of singles who appear to have chosen to remain single.