Can demographic data on singles indicate a shift away from suburbs and back to cities?

CityLab compares two research studies on the number of single adults in the United States and finds that both studies show similar figures: Singles make up more than half of the U.S. population.

September 16, 2014

CityLab’s Richard Florida cites a study by the Martin Prosperity Institute, as well as Bloomberg’s analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, indicating that singles make up more than half of the population in 27 of the 50 states. According to a study by sociologist Eric Klinenberg, these singles prefer denser urban neighborhoods with more activities available and greater opportunities to  meet and connect with other singles. Florida says the “changing demographic reality is an increasingly important component of the ongoing “great inversion” away from the suburbs and back to the cities.”


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