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10 Best Neighborhoods in New York City For Singles

There has never been a better time to be a single person living in New York City. If you’re single in the Big Apple and hating it, you’re probably living in the wrong part of town. Consider  a change of scenery in one of these ten neighborhoods in NYC that boast characteristics seemingly catered to a life lived independently.

1. LOWER EAST SIDE

Lower East Side, NYC
Photo by Steve Isaacs

Quick Facts

  • Single Population: 45%
  • Median Rent: $1,025/month
  • Crime Rate: 21% lower than national average

Space is tight in this hip area, but that just means there are more people in your proximity to meet. New art galleries, bars, and restaurants like Sam’s Spring Roll are always popping up on the Lower East Side, not to mention a wealth of events that are unique to the LES like the Lower East Side Film Festival. So there’s never a shortage of places to explore with new friends!

2. GREENPOINT

Greenpoint, NYC
Photo by John Gillespie

Quick Facts

  • Single Population: 36%
  • Median Rent: $1,303/month
  • Crime Rate: 49% lower than national average

There’s nothing wrong with focusing more on a career than relationships early in life, and Greenpoint is a great place to do that. Crowdfunding company Kickstarter and other tech and startup companies are increasingly flocking to this former industrial mecca. This neighborhood also has a vibrant retail and entertainment scene that includes authentic Polish businesses like Syrena Bakery and newer concepts like the Waku Waku Japanese pop culture festival make maintaining a healthy work-life balance easy.

3. INWOOD

Inwood, NYC
Photo by Kristine Paulus

Quick Facts

  • Single Population: 44%
  • Median Rent: $1,060/month
  • Crime Rate: 1% lower than national average

Run from commitment, run from exes, or just run to get in shape. Inwood is within close proximity to stunning Inwood Hills Park which provides residents easy access to top-rated running routes. Though Inwood is on the northern-most tip of Manhattan, average commute time to work for residents is 10-35 minutes.

4. WILLIAMSBURG

Williamsburg, NYC
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Quick Facts

  • Single Population: 48%
  • Median Rent: $1,196/month
  • Crime Rate: 28% lower than national average

This Brooklyn neighborhood might be the most ideal neighborhood for young single people. Living alone isn’t financially out of the question on an entry-level salary, and crime is relatively low. Williamsburg has the classic Brooklyn charm of independent coffee shops such as The West and artisanal restaurants like Depanneur, but a Manhattan-like bustling nightlife.

5. BUSHWICK

Bushwick, NYC
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Quick Facts

  • Single Population: 56%
  • Median Rent: $1,203/month
  • Crime Rate: 17% lower than national average

Want to meet new people? Bushwick is a great place to do that. This neighborhood is known for having new stores and restaurants pop up almost daily (In fact, 11 new places opened their doors in March 2015 alone). And if fitness is your thing, you’ll have ample opportunity to meet new people at one of the many yoga studios such as Loom Yoga Center or at one of the Crossfit gyms.

6. ASTORIA

Astoria, NYC
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Quick Facts

  • Single Population: 47%
  • Median Rent: $1,288/month
  • Crime Rate: 38% lower than national average

This eclectic Queens neighborhood is sprinkled with beer gardens like the iconic Bohemian Hall and great restaurants like brunch destination The Bonnie, which are excellent spots to hang with friends and make new ones in the process. Astoria may be far from the action of Manhattan, but this neighborhood has an exciting yet informal vibe and culture completely unique to Astoria.

7. EAST VILLAGE

East Village NYC
Photo by Ian Cochrane

Quick Facts

  • Single Population: 62%
  • Median Rent: $1,475/month
  • Crime Rate: 71% lower than national average

The steadiest relationship in your life right now might be with your dog, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Take that relationship a step further by moving to East Village, where you and your canine companion can enjoy Tomkin’s Square Park, which has a large dog run that allows you to mingle with other dog lovers. Consider joining East Village’s Ruff Club, a social club for dog owners that congregates in a repurposed tavern on 34 Avenue A.

8. UPPER EAST SIDE

Upper East Side, NYC
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Quick Facts

  • Single Population: 40%
  • Median Rent: $1,775/month
  • Crime Rate: 71% lower than national average

For single guys on the Upper East Side, the odds of landing an uptown girl are ever in your favor because women in the UES have been outnumbering men for years. Most Upper East Side residents hold post-undergraduate degrees. That paired with a proximity to the MET, the Metropolitan Opera, and the New York Philharmonic, and other establishments of high-end culture makes the Upper East Side an ideal neighborhood for established professionals looking to meet other established professionals.

9. DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN & TECH TRIANGLE

Brooklyn
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Quick Facts

  • Single Population: 38%
  • Median Rent: $1,772/month
  • Crime Rate: 71% lower than national average

Downtown Brooklyn has a lively buzz about it, as it’s part of the Brooklyn Tech Triangle, a startup scene that has exploded in the last few years. The accompanying energy ripples through the neighborhood. Between the thriving startup culture, waterfront views, and ever-expanding arts scene in neighboring DUMBO, there’s no need for a significant other, as the city itself never ceases to entertain. A unique night out with friends might include a visit to any one of the many spectacular Brooklyn theaters like St. Ann’s Warehouse or art galleries like A.I.R. Gallery. But if you are looking to find love in the tech triangle, ladies have the advantage this time, as there are slightly more men than women in this area.

10. PROSPECT HEIGHTS

Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
Photo by Matthew Rudledge

Quick Facts

  • Single Population: 41%
  • Median Rent: $1,824/month
  • Crime Rate: 71% lower than national average

This gentrified gem is where everyone wants to be at the moment. Home to the Barclays Center, Brooklyn Museum, and Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, there’s never a dull moment in Prospect Heights. Because it’s up-and-coming, rent is all over the place. You can pay a ton for a quaint and well-kept brownstone, but if your budget is tight, there are less expensive options as well. Another Prospect Heights perk is that commuting on the train to Manhattan and other parts of New York City is a breeze.

Feel like we left out good neighborhoods in NYC for singles? Let us know in the comments!

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Data found from City-Data.com, Realtor.com, and AreaVibes.com.

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