The gender gap in high-rise apartments

by Joe Zekas on 8/15/13

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.

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David August 20, 2013 at 6:35 PM

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.


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