New York City is the most expensive place to be single

If Valentine’s Day yesterday wasn’t enough of a blow, it’s going to cost you a pretty penny to be by your lonesome in the Big Apple.

New York City has been marked as the most expensive place to live as a single person, according to a new study by the real estate firm Zillow.

The heartbreaking truth, the study says, is that singles pay on average $19,500 more across all boroughs a year for a one-bedroom, compared to someone living with a partner in the same area.

In Manhattan, this figure rises even higher, to $24,000 — making it the priciest borough.

San Francisco, which has also long been known as a high-price city, comes in second with a $14,000 “singles tax” for a one-bedroom apartment.

Meanwhile, partners who live together in New York City will save an average $39,000 per year.

Across all US cities, Detroit and Cleveland are labeled as having the lowest singles tax at $4,483 and $4,387.

Regions Ranked by the Highest ‘Singles Tax’ One-Bedroom Price ‘Singles Tax’ Couple Savings
1. New York City $3,250 $19,500 $39,000
2. San Francisco $2,352 $14,114 $28,227
3. San Jose $2,067 $12,401 $24,801
4. San Diego $1,962 $11,774 $23,549
5. Boston $1,924 $11,546 $23,091
6. Washington $1,917 $11,501 $23,000
7. Seattle $1,800 $10,799 $21,597
8. Los Angeles $1,652 $9,913 $19,825
9. Miami $1,541 $9,248 $18,496
10. Honolulu $1,540 $9,241 $18,481
United States $1,163 $6,976 $13,953

What's worse than being single in New York? Having to pay extra because you're single in New York.
What’s worse than being single in New York? Having to pay extra because you’re single in New York.

“Living alone has its perks — you never have to share a bathroom, you have a claim to the TV at all times, and dirty dishes can stack up as long as you want, judgment free. But all that freedom comes with a cost,” Amanda Pendleton, Zillow home trends expert, says in the report.

“Even though rent prices are starting to cool, they are still significantly higher than they were a year ago. Renters considering going solo this year must decide how valuable living alone is to them, and if the cost is worth it.”

Nationally, singles pay nearly $7,000 extra per year for a median one-bedroom apartment.

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