‘A singles map of the United States of America’

Interesting story from the Boston Globe on male-female ratios in American cities:

It’s not just that some places have more singles than others. If you’re a single man or a single woman the odds of meeting that special someone vary dramatically across the country.

By far, the best places for single men are the large cities and metro areas of the East Coast and Midwest. The extreme is greater New York, where single women outnumber single men by more than 210,000. In the Philadelphia area and greater Washington, D.C., single women outnumber single men by 50,000. I met my wife outside Detroit, where the odds were greatly stacked in my favor – single women outnumber single men by some 20,000 there.

In fact, single women outnumber single men in many large cities around the world, even though men outearn women at all ages, according to Lena C. Edlund, a Columbia University economist. One reason young women in the prime marriage years – the 25-44 age range – flock to big cities is to compete for the most eligible men. And smart women who gravitate to vibrant cities are more likely to stay single – for longer, at least – because they rightly refuse to settle for someone who can’t keep up with them intellectually or otherwise.

A singles map of the United States of America – The Boston Globe


3 comments to ‘A singles map of the United States of America’

  • “One reason young women in the prime marriage years – the 25-44 age range – flock to big cities is to compete for the most eligible men.”

    Really? I thought it was for the same reason other people flock to cities, for their jobs and friends and activities…which hopefully DO lead to men, but that’s clearly not why they flock there, because if they were looking at the map, they’d flock AWAY!!!


  • Hmmm, well, I’m sure both men and women move to big cities for jobs and friends.

    But I do think pretty women also sometimes move to big cities to leverage their beauty to find a high-status husband. Not that lots of women do that, but maybe 210,000 out of a city of 6 million? (and I don’t really see anything wrong with it — I mean, honestly, S. and I broke up I moved back into Manhattan from Union City, N.J., in hopes of doing better on the dating market…)

    NYT had an interesting story, “Channeling Carrie”:

    HBO promoted Carrie Bradshaw as a modern, even revolutionary character. And in many ways the mid-30s women in the series were what modern young women could aspire to be: professionally successful, sexy and supported by a stable of close friends.

    Still, it was certain familiar and vulnerable qualities that made her so accessible and helped her attract a devoted audience.

    She was a variation on a timeless literary character, the young female making her way in the big city, on her own financially and forced to rely her wits. She hungered for a piece of the extravagance that is New York at its most luxurious and arrogant: access to A-list parties, designer dresses, shoes adorned with feathers, restaurants so trendy that the maître d’ is allowed to be rude. And she was attracted to men who could help her achieve this life.

    I know of one v. pretty girl who literally moved to NYC (mostly) because of that show … I’m sure there are others…

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