Brooklyn’s Love Numbers

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By Elisabeth Anderson

Happy Valentine’s Day, Brooklyn. We wanted to get you roses, but the logistics are proving a challenge. So instead, we present you with our earnest gift of affection: facts and stats about relationships in the borough you call home. We know, “Valentine’s Day” and “statistics” is an odd pair. But indulge us and enjoy these truffle-size bites of demographic wisdom.

With Love, The Ink.

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There are 413,261 married men in Brooklyn. That’s 44.6% of the borough’s adult male population.

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In contrast to the men, there are only 395,633 married women in Brooklyn, or a scant 36.7%.

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Brooklyn’s marriage rates, for both women and men, fall considerably below the national averages. While 52.3% of American men and 48.4% of American women are married, those figures drop to the stated 44.6% and 36.7%, respectively, in Brooklyn.

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The Brooklyn neighborhood with both the most single people and the most married people is Bensonhurst. Their 45,169 married people constitute 14% of the borough’s entire population of marrieds. In second place is Sheepshead Bay (23,797), followed by Borough Park (21,019) and Williamsburg (13,670).

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There are more cohabiters in Greenpoint, 1,678, than in any other Brooklyn neighborhood. That’s a full 7% of the borough’s 23,464 cohabiters. On the opposite extreme, there are just 35 cohabiters in Coney Island.

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More women had babies in Brooklyn between 2005 and 2009, an average of 35,777 a year, than in any other borough. That’s about 6,000 more each year than in second-place Queens.

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Their highest-in-the-borough’s birth rate aside, Brooklyn’s women do not boast the city’s highest marriage rate. That distinction belongs to Queens, where 422,827 women are married; Brooklyn comes in second with 395,633. The stats are the same for married men; the most are in Queens, followed by Brooklyn.

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The percentage of married Brooklynites is decreasing. Between 2000-2004, 39.7% of the borough’s women were married, and 48.3% of the men. Between 2005-2009, those rates slid to 36.7% and 44.6%, respectively.

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Divorce rates are up in Brooklyn. There were 137,285 divorcees in the borough five years ago; that number is now 145,208. Today, 5.5% of Brooklyn’s adult men are divorced, as are 8.7% of the women.

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A modest number of Brooklyn residents are in trial separations – 2.9% of the men and 5% of the women.

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Just 2.8% of Brooklyn’s men are widowed, compared to a full 10.2% of its women. This is a significant increase from five years ago, when just 6.1% of women were widows.

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Nearly 11 percent of Brooklyn households are occupied by single mothers. Only 1.9% are households led by single fathers.

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More than 260,000 adults in Brooklyn live alone. That’s 29.5% of households in the borough. After Bensonhurst, the most bachelor and bachelorette pads are in Bedford-Stuyvesant (17,967), Sheepshead Bay (13,692), and East Flatbush (11,866).

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Yes, there are a lot of kids in Park Slope (9,330). But the neighborhood’s got nothing on Bensonhurst, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and Borough Park – with 81,105, 54,263, and 54,072 children, respectively. One out of every ten kids in Brooklyn lives in Bensonhurst.

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder:, Infoshare Online,

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