Living the Single Life

A great deal of ink has been spilled trying to show single men and women how to find a partner.  Dating guides, pick-up manuals, support groups, and recent major motion pictures have covered the subject forwards, backwards, and sideways.  But singles looking for love could do worse than to examine the odds: some cities simply have more single men than single women, and others are overflowing with single women but have a dearth of available men. 

The map above, produced by by Richard Florida at, shows the distributions of single men and women between the ages of 20 and 64 in cities nationwide.  Cities with a surplus of men are in blue; those with a surplus of women, in red.  The larger the circle, the greater the number of single men or women in that town. Click here or on the picture above to see an enlarged version of the map.

The trends in the map are easy to spot: men living on the West Coast can probably attest to the huge numbers of single men on the lookout for available women.  And as the characters of Sex and the City attest, New York is crawling with single women but many fewer single men.  Overall, single women seem to gravitate to the Eastern United States, whereas single men apparently head west. 

Perhaps unsurprisingly, most major US metropolitan areas seem to be fairly well balanced; they may have a couple thousand more single men than women or vice versa, but spread out over a large urban area those numbers are barely noticeable.  But cities like New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington stand out for their numbers of available women, just as Los Angeles, Phoenix, Dallas, and San Francisco/San Jose stand out for their numbers of single men. 

These statistics belie hidden demographics: certainly, economic centers of male-heavy industries like computing (Silicon Valley), gaming (Las Vegas), and aerospace (Seattle) are likely to attract more single men.  Similarly, many women looking to establish careers in public policy and law (Washington, DC) and fashion and design (New York) will gravitate to the more liberal East Coast cities, perhaps away from more conservative Central and Western states. 


31 Responses to “Living the Single Life”

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    Did I miss it, or did they account anywhere for single homosexuals? I think this would be important to consider, especially if we’re calling ‘single’ the same as ‘unmarried.’ Maybe that would influence the high number of single men along the California coast where being gay is socially acceptable, but it was only very recently that gay marriage was recognized.
    Also, more and more straight young people these days put off getting married, but enter into domestic partnerships that could include joint bank accounts, credit cards, home ownership, etc. I’m not sure I’d consider someone in a position like that ‘single,’ but that’s the box they have to check.

  2. 2 Puca June 3, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    No, I don’t think you missed anything. The map deals with the sexes, male and female; sexual orientation within the two sexes is another matter. However, you do bring up a good point about how they may have considered domestic partnerships. I would imagine that domestic partnerships of any sex, as you point out, were probably counted as singles. In states where gay marriage is legal, they would appear in the books and records as married couples, and thus would not be part of this survey. Maybe there is another map that shows gay marriages; unfortunately domestic partnerships of any sex would be almost impossible to quantify.

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    Love your blog! Jen just recommended it to me after I posted about this same map….in anticipation for my move to LA 🙂

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