The only outpost with an excess of single women in San Francisco is Pacific Heights, although if you believed Wikipedia’s list of Notable Residents it’d be 80% male (cough).SF’s Chinatown, which the racial dot map and Wikipedia point to as to the upper right of the word “San Francisco,” is actually far more gender-neutral than similar immigrant communities we found in NYC. Right over the bay, Oakland mixes it up a bit while Berkeley is a nice little gender melting pot.Note: This is all fiercely heteronormative, and I’m sorry about that, but such is the data bestowed by the US Census Bureau.If you’d like to see a hilarious side effect of this, scroll down to the last image.We can zoom out a bit further to include the Bay in its complete glory: I don’t know what to say except the Bay Area is full of single men. Comment below, email or tweet at me to let me know your incredibly astute (I’m certain of it! What I lack in modern-day knowledge, though, I made up for in old maps.Here’s a gender-balance map from a 1890 Census Atlas: Pink is women in excess, the ruddy, brutish reddish-brown is extra men.Remember that time I was blasting a startup for shipping single women from NYC to San Francisco?
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.
Again, race might play an issue here – last time we found that African-American communities seemed to have a higher percentage of single women, and the splits might be helped along by racial divides (Oakland [female] is more black, while Alameda [male] is more white/Asian). Sunnyvale, San Jose and Mountain View come up about even between single men and single women, while San Mateo is piles upon piles of single men and Fremont looks as blue as a perfect day at the seashore.
It doesn’t line up as much on the east side, though, so take that with a grain of salt. Every time I talk about race, just refer to this incredible map that I didn’t make. I know about the West Coast, so I’m going to need your help with my analysis.
Additionally, “single” according to the Census means anyone who isn’t married, so even long-term relationships don’t come into the picture at all. Very much the opposite of what we found about New York, where the core of Manhattan was primarily single women.
And yes, this map doesn’t account for sexuality at all, so there are plenty of men in those blue zones with zero interest in women.
Like I said with the NYC map, Kipling nailed it: East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.