Are you feeling lonely this Valentine’s Day? Well, if what they say is true and that the dating games is really more of a numbers game than anything else, then lonely hearts might just want to consider relocating to more of a, shall we say, ‘target-rich’ environment to spot their long lost soul mate.
The only problem of course, is knowing where we might find more ‘opportunities’ to hook up with available members of the opposite sex.
To solve this problem, Trulia’s stats people took a break from their usual task of collating data related to housing prices, crime rates and school performances, and instead turned to an altogether different demographic – that of gender ratios.
The results, which were garnered from Trulia’s own data and the 2010 Census, posted on the Trulia blog by Jed Kolko earlier this week, prove to be quite enlightening for anyone who wants to give themselves the best shot at finding love.
For women who are looking to meet single guys, it would seem that Las Vegas really is the land of plenty, with an estimated 1.3 single men for every single woman living in the city. Meanwhile, lonely guys would be better off beginning their hunt in Bethesda, Maryland, where the balance of single women to single men is massively tilted in their favor.
Digging deeper however, it might not be necessary to move that far. Rather, it seems that a whole lot more opportunities could arise simply by hanging out or relocating to a different neighborhood within your city. Trulia’s stats reveal a big disparity between men and women when it comes to choosing what kind of area they want to live in, with downtown areas often populated by single menfolk, and the suburbs being the haven of single girls.
One interesting insight we can glean from these stats is that it seems to be economic factors, particularly job availability, that drives gender imbalances in our cities. Trulia’s data reveals that cities such as Chicago, where there are lots of employment opportunities in the manufacturing, construction and technology sectors (traditionally men’s jobs), tend to have a significantly higher ratio of men vs. women. Meanwhile, somewhere like Washington DC, which has lots more jobs in professional services (women’s jobs), has a disproportionately higher number of women compared to men.
The data isn’t completely bulletproof, as Trulia has only focused on quantities. Factors such as race, age, and sexuality of the single persons concerned were not taken into account, but still the numbers don’t lie – where you live can have a big effect on the number of dating options you’re likely to come across, and as a result, don’t be too surprised if you suddenly see hordes of single men start trawling through those ‘pink’ neighborhoods on the map.