Bad News for Mr. Big: ‘Sex and the City’ Is Kind of Right

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We hate to reinforce Sex and the City stereotypes almost as much as Chris Noth does, so it is with mixed feelings that we report the following: They're kind of true. New York women are single, overeducated, creative, and moneyed, and there are new federal stats to prove it. According to an analysis of Census data, a New York woman is fourteen times more likely to be an actress than her average American counterpart; no easy feat, considering how heavily L.A. should be skewing the nationwide stats on that one. She's also nine times more likely to be an author, a lawyer, or a judge. Only 45 percent of adult New York City women have ever been married (that proportion drops to 37 percent in Manhattan); the national average is 61 percent. And one more sub-trend that caught our eye: Married women in Manhattan have "much higher household income" but lower earnings than the singles. Ergo, when female New Yorkers do succumb to matrimony, they tend to marry up. Hello, Trey MacDougal.

Women of New York City [Gotham Gazette]
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