Remember that time I was blasting a startup for shipping single women from NYC to San Francisco?
And about how I had all of this cool data that showed that there were actually more single men in New York, and they were probably just hiding indoors playing video games?
Playing around with the age ranges for the Bay Area, I set it to 50-64 and found a map that just plain made me giggle.
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The ones that include NYC also claim some New Jersey, maybe a little Pennsylvania, Long Island, etc. Let’s hop across the East River for a moment – in the 20-34 range up above, Williamsburg has a few more men and Greenpoint has a few more ladies, but if we adjust down to 20-29 the picture changes a wee bit. Hip, single, straight, female twentysomethings: you are doomed. Going back to the Chinatown-makes-Lower-Manhattan-blue observation, let’s examine the Outer Boroughs to see if we can find a trend…And that time I showed how I was completely kind of horribly somewhat wrong, and that Manhattan is nothing but an island-nation of nothing but women?Now it’s time to take a look at the other half of the puzzle: the ratio of single men to single women in the San Francisco Bay Area.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.
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.