The gender gap in high-rise apartments

According to the US Census Bureau Chicago’s population is 51.5% female. That’s higher than the statewide average of 51% despite Chicago’s elderly population (10.3%) being markedly below Illinois’ (12.5%).

When you zoom in to the Census Tract level you can find many areas where the female population tops 55%. Zoom in further to some of Chicago’s high-rise apartment buildings and the gender imbalance can approach a 2:1 female-to-male ratio in buildings where the demographics skew young and affluent.

We’ll skip the expected blather about the gender imbalance in colleges and living-at-home Millennials so that you can get out there and find where the girls are.


  • David 3 years

    The floor I live on in my building has (if memory serves):

    5 couples (one with a baby)
    4 single males
    2 male roommates
    6 single females

    That makes for an even 50/50 split. I can’t distinguish the building’s overall gender distribution from 50/50, either. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t approach 2:1, though. That’s in a condo building, though, not apartments.