Date
13 December 2017
Single women in Hong Kong outnumber the city's bachelors by 40,000. Photo: AFP
Single women in Hong Kong outnumber the city's bachelors by 40,000. Photo: AFP

Single women in Hong Kong now exceed a million

The number of single women in Hong Kong reached 1.01 million last year, around 40,000 more than their 970,000 male counterparts who were still bachelors, according to the data from the Census and Statistics Department.

Central and Western districts had the highest concentration of unmarried women at a combined 40,600, up by 2,500 from the previous year, while Southern and Sha Tin had 42,800 and 90,000, respectively. 

For unmarried men, Yuen Long and Northern came in with 83,000 and 43,000 people, respectively, accounting for around 35 percent of the male population in those districts.

The median monthly household income in Central was HK$34,000 (US$4,380), twice the average HK$17.500 in Kwun Tong, which had the highest dependency ratio in the city. It was HK$17,900 in Sham Shui Po and HK$19,300 in Kwai Tsing.

Observers say given the numerical disparity between single men and women in the city, women may be forced to lower their expectations for their ideal husbands or get used to the idea of aging alone.

–Contact HKEJ at [email protected]

ET/JP/CG

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