L.A. Is Overrun by Single People
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If you're single and ready to mingle, then you're in the right city.
The Atlantic's CityLab looked at U.S. Census data and determined that L.A. is a top 5 American big city when it comes to the proportion of singles in such urban populations.
In other words, L.A. is flooded by singles and, by our estimation, more of them are women than men (woo-hoo!):
The U.S. Census says an over-so-slight majority (50.7) of people in L.A. County are female, which would lead us to believe that women are leading this singles phenomenon.
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According to the CityLab numbers, 55.8 percent of y'all Angelenos identify as single. That puts L.A. in fourth place among the top 10 big American cities with majority-single populations.
We were beat in the singles game, however, by New Orleans (number 1, with a population that's 58 percent single), Memphis (number 2; 57.7 percent), and Miami (number 3; 56.7 percent). Buffalo (55.1 percent) rounded out the top 5.
CityLab notes that the United States as a whole has more single adults than married ones, a first since the government began keeping track of such things in 1976 (when a sad 37.4 percent of American adults were single).
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Nationally there are 128.2 million singles across the land, according to the analysis. Talk about other fish in the sea. Singles make up majorities in 27 of 50 states, too, including in California, where singles make up 53.5 percent of the population.
That puts California among the top 5 singles states: Louisiana (number 1, with singles comprising 55.7 percent of adults), Rhode Island (tied for first; 55.7 percent), New York (2; 55.4 percent), Mississippi (3; 54.9 percent), and New Mexico (53.6) make up the other top 5 states.
But you wouldn't really want to live in any of those other places.
CityLab borrows a phrase from sociologist Eric Klinenberg, calling America a "solo nation." And the lab explains why places like L.A. are being populated by singles:
If families prefer the suburbs for schools and safety, singles prefer denser urban neighborhoods with more to do and greater opportunities to meet and connect with other singles.
So go ahead and connect. You're well situated for it.
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