Single and Looking for Love in Philly? You’re In Luck
If you fear your impending “singleness” this upcoming Valentine’s Day, stop it right now. You’re not alone – apparently a large portion of your fellow Philadelphians are single too.
According to a new report by Trulia (and yes, we’re referring to the online residential real estate site and not some sketchy online dating service), about 58.4 percent of men and 65 percent of women are single in Philadelphia. What’s more, these percentages are higher than any other city in the country.
The report, entitled Where to Live and Let Love Find You, examined U.S. Census data and the dating pool in 100 of the largest metro areas in America. “Single,” as Trulia uses it, refers to anyone age 21 or older who has never been married or was formerly married.
But the report doesn’t just stop at the total number of singles in each city – it gets even more specific and looks at the age range of these singles, how many hours they usually work, how much education they have, and if they have ever been married. Here’s what it found for Philadelphia:
Your odds of finding love are pretty good if you’re looking for a woman.
And it’s not hard to figure out why, considering more than half of Philadelphia women are single. Of this percentage, 26.7 percent are in their 20s, 14.1 percent are in their 30s, and 14.2 percent are in their 40s. Maybe there really is something to the idea that the older you get, the more likely you are to settle down.
To get more specific about our city’s single ladies, 63.3 percent work less than 40 hours a week. Another 60.3 percent have never been married and 23.7 have at least a college degree. Again, all of this makes sense in the context that most single women tend to be younger.
Your odds of finding love are pretty good if you’re looking for a man, too.
Although single women outnumber single men overall, we must not ignore the fact that a whopping 58 percent of men are single too. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that that’s more than half the male population.
In fact, when looking at certain age ranges specifically, men actually outnumber women in some instances. According to the data, 33.1 percent of single men are in their 20s (as compared to the 26.7 percent for women). About 56 percent of single men work less than 40 hours a week, and another 74.5 percent have never been married.
Where in the city do all these so-called “singles” live?
Now that we’ve broken down the statistics for you, next on the agenda is figuring out where exactly these singles live. To do this, we used PolicyMap data to locate the percentage of single-household individuals in some of Philadelphia’s most popular zip codes.
The best neighborhoods to settle down in if you’re single and ready to mingle are Washington Square West, where 63.6 percent of residents live alone, and Rittenhouse, where 61.6 percent of residents live alone.
Some relatively neutral neighborhoods for you to meet your soulmate in are: Old City, where 52.1 percent of residents live alone; Northern Liberties, where 49 percent of residents live alone; and University City, where 44.1 percent of residents live alone.
The worst neighborhoods to call home if you’re trying to find love are: Fishtown, where 38.8 percent of residents live alone; South Philadelphia, where 35.3 percent of residents live alone; and Manayunk, where 33.9 percent of residents live alone.
What else is there to say? We’ve been unofficially dubbed the “most single” city in the country. So, if you’re feeling lonely this Valentine’s Day, get off the couch, log out of Netflix, go out on the town (or more specifically, the Center City area) and meet someone. Chances are, any cutie who catches your eye just might be single, too.