From http://www.creativeclass.com, a map showing the gender gap between single men and women in various metros across the United States.
What's your take on this? A few observations and thoughts:
- Many of the areas where the ratio of men to women is high are more rapidly growing metros, where there's going to be more transient construction labor. There are some exceptions, though; more WSMs in fast-growing Atlanta and Charlotte, more MSWs in Fort Wayne and Terre Haute.
- The difference between Buffalo (more women) and Rochester (way more men): maybe it's because there's more tech-related businesses and industries in Rochester, while Buffalo has leaned towards higher education and medicine/research since deindustrialization.
- El Paso is an odd one. With Fort Bliss, I would have expected to see a blue dot there.
- Austin? Transient construction and a booming tech sector. Seemed like a bit of a sausage party when I lived there, but the experiences of those who are younger might be different.
- When I lived in Denver (big blue dot), the region seemed to attract the outdoorsy/athletic crowd, which could also explain the ratio there. I also lived in Cleveland (big pink dot), but didn't notice a abundance of single women around. Cleveland seemed to be a big family town; like everybody over 25 is married.
- In the small town where I now live, which was just classified as a metro in 2010, the ratio of women to men is fairly equal ... under the age of 50. Older than that, and according to both Census data and what I see on the street, the ratio of women to men flies apart. There's just a staggering number of "crunchy garden ladies" here. There's also a large lesbian population, which might explains some of it, but I don't think it accounts for that much.