All the single ladies—where are they? Ilyce Glink of CBS Moneywatch went to Rent.com and found out the Top 10 Cities for Single Women, a natural follow-up to her Top 10 Cities for Single Men (and so you don’t have to slog through the slideshow/countdown, that No. 1 is Baltimore).
Glink quotes Rent.com’s Christina Aragon saying that with women delaying marriage and closing the wage gap—never-married women now earn 94 percent of what single men earn—they’re enjoying living alone longer. And she means alone. Only 9 percent of single women choose to have a roommate.
Not surprisingly, the lists of single men and women share major American cities—New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Chicago. But Rent.com found one funny disparity between the groups. When it comes to what single women look for in a neighborhood … “single men” doesn’t seem to be on their list.
“A mere 17 percent of female renters desire unattached men as neighbors. 25 percent of respondents would prefer to have a cat or dog next door in favor of a date-seeking male. This stands in contrast to the 45 percent of male renters who desire proximity to unmarried women,” Glink reports.
We’re guessing this means that women figure moving in next to single men means potentially having to say “No, thanks,” a lot, while men must picture their single neighbor ladies as the bikini-clad party girls of fantasy beer commercials. Who says women are the dreamy romantics in the human family?