Chicago’s Near North Side skews toward men. Women prefer to live along the lake (which you might consider a more residential area that Trulia says women skew toward). The employment area in the Loop is actually pretty mixed.

Washington, D.C., is dominated by women--but you can spot Rosslyn, where the men live, because it’s a major employment center in northern Virginia.

In L.A., men outnumber women downtown and on the beach. But across the west side in Beverly Hills, Pico-Robertson, the 3rd Street? Women rule.

In New York City, again we see work/play trends. More men live in Lower Manhattan (to work) and parts of Queens, while women outnumber men in the Upper East Side by almost 2:1 (assumably to play).

Across the Bay Area, the areas with the highest ratios of women to men are more residential. In San Francisco, work areas like the Financial District are dominated by men.

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If you’re looking for single women, move out East. If you’re looking for single men, put on your mining cap.

They say dating is a game of numbers. Search through enough puzzles, and you’ll find your complementary piece. Maybe that’s true. Maybe it isn’t. (After all, solving a 100-piece puzzle is a whole lot quicker than solving a 10,000-piece puzzle--too many variables might just complicate the equation.)

Either way, real-estate company Trulia recently ran some analytics on the topic, searching through their database for regional figures on single men and women, under the age of 65, who live alone. What they found seems like serviceable advice to anyone. And to illustrate their point, Trulia rendered a few of the major cities in “it’s a boy/girl!” blue and pink. (Note: The study modified averages for heterosexuals only. For same-sex stalking, try this.)

The best ratios for men finding ladies are in big cities out East (like Bethesda; Washington, D.C.; Boston; and New York City), while the most advantageous spots for women to find men are in hot spots (like Las Vegas, Honolulu, Palm Bay, and Miami)--or western mining towns (like Gillette and Rock Springs). But moving to the right city is only half the battle. As Trulia’s neighborhood-specific polling discovered, there’s strong proportional variance even within towns.

"Statistically speaking, single men tend to live closer to work in downtown areas, whereas single women prefer more upscale and residential areas,” the company tells me. In New York, this translates to more men living in Lower Manhattan and parts of Queens, while women outnumber men in the Upper East Side by almost 2:1.

Unfortunately, there’s no explorable map tool that you can use to plot the location of your next apartment by eligible singles. Then again, who needs all this number crunching anyway in the era of Axe body spray?

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  • Mr.Stern

    These graphs are stimulating but misleading. In using percentage as a metric, they disregard that the absolute numbers could make the picture much different. The graphs also disregard the chance the any given area can have the same proportion of single men and women. For instance, take a dark pink district on the Chicago waterfront with 25%+ single women. Sure, any single guy would jump on that opportunity. But what if there are 10-25% of men single in a predominantly male district? Or worse, what if there were 25%+ male singles in that area too? It begs the question: what happens when you blend bright pink with royal blue? :)

  • jcott

    are you kidding?  This article came to me in my email - and now I have to resubscribe to read it?

  • Malone

    Chicago's Near North Side and North Side are heavily gay neighborhoods, from Lakeview up to Rodgers Park... or even further... hence so many "single men".